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Planning and Construction Manual

The Planning and Construction Manual is for the benefit of the Bishop of Arlington, the pastors who serve him, and the Building Commission who advises him.

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What is the Building Commission?

  • The purpose of the Building Commission is to make recommendations to the Bishop regarding proposed capital outlay proposals leading to the construction or modification of diocesan facilities, and to assist the parish or school in carrying the project through to a successful conclusion. The Commission will review a project at initial concept, preliminary design, and detailed construction documents/financial-estimate phases.

  • OPCF serves as the initial point of contact for pastors, parochial administrators, chaplains or principals that wish to present in front of the Building Commission. Staff from OPCF and the Chief Finance Officer will provide guidance and consultation to stakeholders wishing to make a presentation in matters relating to buildings.