The architectural and construction roots of Building God’s Way (BGW) date back to 1972, when founder Daniel Cook established his first construction company and a few years later became a registered architect. However, the real story of BGW began in 1986, when Dan’s life and career were completely transformed after accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. The Lord blessed Dan with a period of hardships in the years that followed that softened his heart to Christ’s love. In 1995, he took a leave of absence from his architectural practice to devote himself full-time to building Christian Heritage School in Riverdale, Utah. This project proved to be another pivotal point in Dan’s life as he watched God do amazing things through the devotion and faith of a small group of people.
Following the completion of this project, Dan began developing the BGW concept through repeated contact with schools and churches who sought his advice. Dan’s unique approach was revolutionizing the way faith-based facilities were designed and built and ministries across the country wanted to know more about this process.
In 1998, Dan made the life-changing decision to give up his secular architectural work and commit the company solely to designing and building Christian churches and schools. Since that time, BGW has designed more than 700 ministry-based facilities and has served hundreds of others through its broad network of Kingdom building services.
BGW is headquartered in Ogden, Utah. Founding architect Daniel Cook holds an NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) certification and is licensed in 47 states. Architect Don Mahoney joined BGW as a partner in 2003 and brings 35+ years of experience. With an extensive background in performing arts design, he has become a leader in the field of faith-based architecture and has been recognized with a number of national church design awards. Dan Cook and Don Mahoney lead a staff of highly trained architects, MEP engineers, designers, drafters, project managers, as well as personnel in the areas of building supply, business development, accounting, and administration.