This phase is really about outlining the overall project to set the stage for design work. We align the scope of the project, discuss client goals, develop a “program” and discuss a general budget for construction. We review the site, any existing building(s) on site, review permitting constraints, discuss energy efficiency goals, etc.
Assist clients in site selection….will the site suit the needs
Site analysis and development planning
Review potential permitting constraint
Review general project schedule and budget goals
Discuss client project goals
Develop a Program – a document that outlines all of the spatial needs and adjacencies of the project
Measurement and photo documentation of any existing building(s) on site for renovation projects
Highlighting of energy efficiency goals
Now that the stage is set, it is time to envision all that you want your project to be. This is the time to dream and “depart from the text” under the constraints of the project parameters developed during Pre-Design. Often this stage includes exploring more than one option for how the building is organized, the massing of the building, the architectural style of the building, which exterior materials want to be incorporated, etc.
Often most clients are more engaged when responding to design ideas as opposed to describing exactly what they want, and find that having different design options available to choose from creates rich discussions and leads towards better design solutions. Out of these discussions comes the consolidation of the designs and a merging of the best ideas as a final concept begins to come to life.
It is our job as designers to find imaginative ways to incorporate your ideas, visions and goals into a physical architectural form. The challenge often becomes finding creative solutions where factors conflict with each other or where clients have opposing visions… these conflicting ideas however is where I look to find really unique solutions that achieve what is the essence of what the client is looking for in their design.
This is the point in the process where more precise and specific drawings are created. Often this is the time when hand rendered drawings are converted to computer drawings in order to further refine other aspects of the building.
Many of the ideas that were generated during prior phases are explored in more depth in order to make sure the entire project comes together as intended. The goal of previous phases has been to explore, this phase becomes more about how the building will be put together.
This phase includes the presentation of the drawing and specification package to a General Contractor as well as advice on the qualifications of prospective contractors. If you elect to negotiate a price with a specific contractor, we will most likely have been working with the selected contractor early in the design process to help assess costs as the details of the building are developed.