Where required for complex projects, the architectural team will provide pre-design services including:
- Analysis of precedents.
- Area analysis based on like facilities.
- Resume of competitive projects.
- Analysis of user needs.
Methods include surveys of client’s and staff’s needs and of existing equipment and process requirements, and research and review of existing like facilities. Methods also include:
- Area analysis per user group or function;
- Equipment and environmental needs per function;
- User needs and inter-relational analysis.
- Circulation patterns;
- Time / Activity analysis;
- Review of redundancies and overlap.
This information is then synthesized into:
- Organizational diagrams indicating frequency and strength of links between user function;
- Reports on potential overlap and function integration;
- Preliminary specifications as to need as well as environmental and servicing requirements.
Using a variety of customized software packages and research techniques, the design team provides analysis of the project’s requirements and the client’s needs.
Prospective designs are modeled after precedents, and relational diagrams are established which offer a basis for preliminary budgeting and phasing analysis, prior to site selection and preliminary design.
Alternative development scenarios are then established and analyzed as to sensitivity to project completion dates and budget.
Whether for office work tasks or manufacturing process, this programming analysis will ensure that the initial project statement has been thoroughly reviewed and will provide the necessary tools to verify that the budgetary considerations are achievable.