During the Pre-design phase, we set the agenda, including specific goals
and anticipated hurdles, for the overall design effort. We research codes
and uncover problems that may influence budgets and schedules down the
road. Most importantly, we work with our client to define the project
program. A clearly defined program serves as a roadmap to the entire process
and helps bridge between theories, ideas, drawings and built forms.
Important Pre-Design Considerations:
What are you trying to accomplish with this project? What is your vision
for the completed project?
How will the building be used and how can architecture and design support
that use now and in the future? Building size, room size, adjacencies,
lifestyle considerations, family size, business needs, design preferences,
site access, views and many other issues are discussed and recorded.
What is your budget? Have you considered all of the costs involved? Hard
project costs include construction materials, labor and contractor's profit
and overhead. Soft project costs include design fees (architecture, structural
engineering, civil engineering, site surveying) and permit fees. Depending
upon the complexity of the project, you may consider other consultant
services such as lighting design, landscape design, acoustical design
or mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering.
Timing is a critical component of the building process. Some schedule
items are within the bounds of Architect control, such as time required
to provide schematic design options for client review. Other items, such
as duration of Building Department review, are not.
A building’s site may be the single most important factor influencing
built form. Views, building access, landscape and indeed overall cost
are greatly affected by the site topography. A thorough site analysis
is often an essential part of any successful project. We can perform an
architectural survey of existing structures to initiate the design process,
but we must rely on a licensed Land Surveyor to provide an accurate survey
of the site and a Geotechnical investigation to understand the soil conditions.
Building Codes/Zoning Ordinances/other Regulations
Local, state and national codes have an immense impact on design, influencing
decisions as big as the size of your building and as small as the space
between your guardrail pickets. For most projects, a minimum of two submissions
for agency review (planning and building) are required.
Depending on the scale of the project, pre-design public workshops, meetings
with community activists and/or public hearings may be required.
Sustainable building practices and other technologies are now readily
available. We welcome the opportunity to help you push your project toward
sustainability, cutting edge technology or high-concept design. If appropriate,
we will perform the necessary research during this phase.
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