& MASTER PLANNING
Architectural programming and master planning are closely related but distinct activities. Together, programming and master planning form an important first step in the process of building design and construction.
Designing a building that successfully satisfies the goals, needs, and desires of its owners requires solving some very complex problems. For this reason, architectural programming is often described as a “problem seeking” process. That is to say, it is necessary to identify and understand problems before construction. Through programing, we ask pertinent questions, gather, organize and evaluate relevant information, and translate that information into a format useful for building design.
Master Planning is especially useful when exploring how a building program can be implemented on a specific site or how a new program might be effectively implemented in an existing building. Several different strategies can be quickly generated and evaluated, their total costs estimated. The most desirable scheme may then be selected for eventual development when the project proceeds.
Architectural design process has many phases which build on each other and offer an over-arching administrative structure for the owner, architect, and contractors.
SCEMATIC DESIGN PHASE
Based on a thorough understanding of a building’s programmatic parameters, schematic designs are generated that further develop the ideas represented by the master plan. In the Schematic Design Phase, several alternate schemes are developed that explore how the building might be most effectively designed. During this phase, appropriate structural, mechanical, and electrical systems are identified as the building’s floor plan is effectively organized and the form and finishes are studied. After the client reviews and critiques the alternate schemes, a final schematic design is generated that successfully incorporates the most effective solutions.
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PHASE
Through the Design Development Phase, we work closely with our engineers and consultants to develop the details of the schematic design and select materials, equipment, and systems.
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENT PHASE
To clearly communicate the building’s design and construction to the contractor, thorough construction drawings and specifications must be carefully developed. Together, the drawings and specifications serve as the basis for the building’s construction and are actually part of the construction contract, which establishes the legal relationship between the contractor and the building owner.
BIDDING & NEGOTIATION PHASE
After the construction documents are completed, we help determine the best way to select a contractor. Whether several contractors are invited to bid on the project or whether one is selected for negotiations, we help evaluate their qualifications, manage the bidding process and prepare the contract for construction.
CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION PHASE
During construction we review shop drawings and submittals and observe the work to make sure that the contractor constructs the project according to the drawings and specifications. We also review and certify the contractor’s applications for payment and verify the project’s completion.