February 10, 2018

How to Build a Community Center in 5 Steps

by nathanwebster in SEwNAW Podcast

How to Build a Community Center in 5 Steps

After seeing so much attention going to this one blog on my business pages, I knew I had to share it. Building community centers without ongoing public assistance aren’t too common. In the podcast, I talk a bit more about my ongoing climate of what these steps mean to me.

Please take these steps as a guideline and not the rule book. Let’s make the world a better place. Here’s to more social good!

The original article is on NW & Associates’ site, click here to read it there. I modified the steps to match my conversation with you on the podcast.

Step 1: Project feasibility. Our feasibility study was not what I was hoping, but I’m grateful to have it. Having this document shows we did our due diligence.

Step 2: Raise capital. To have funding is important. However, having the right relationships are more important to securing the necessary funds. You need to have great relationships with people who will support you and share your vision with the world. Unbeknownst to me understanding this process, it has taken me over 10 years to start this process. We’re raising money now for this endeavor. You can help by donating at Campaign link, Build by 2020https://dreambigcc.org/campaigns/build-by-2020/.

Step 3. Preliminary Planning and Design. The original designs for the center are outdated thanks to technology, but they’re still very useful for visual learners. Also, it shows potential supporters I’m serious about this endeavor. But I can’t tell you how helpful these sketches serve as motivation. Ultimately, this has been where I either gain the support of the person sitting across from me or not.

Step 4. Final Design and Construction Drawings. The final designs were from my friend, Casey Wycoff from LSW Architects in Vancouver, WA. As an in-kind gift, this was a complete blessing. This is what foundations and potential funders want to see. There’s a huge difference from a sketch to a rendering, and all that comes with that next level of focus and commitment. I’m really looking forward to moving the needle with this milestone.

Step 5: Opening: Here is the fun part. I haven’t done this yet, so I can’t speak to this step. Looking forward to it!

Dream big and Godspeed,