Businesses and institutions commit tremendous
amounts of energy and capital to control costs and to improve
efficiencies. Yet, many older buildings, even some newer facilities,
suffer from a lack of vision to respond to this challenge.
Our planning approach supports corporate business plans. We assist
facility managers by developing plans that:
RESPOND TO CHANGE
SUPPORT PRODUCTIVE ENVIRONMENTS
- Shifts in Economic Conditions
- Changing Program Requirements
- Production or Research Growth
- Improving Communications
- New Technologies
IDENTIFY LONG RANGE IMPACTS
- Allows Work Areas and Support Functions to Change With Minimum
- Supports Flexible Departments
- Enhances Interaction
- Infrastructure Costs
- Energy Costs
- Regulatory Requirements
- Cash Flow Projections
Buildings fail, not so much from the
improper application of technology, but fail from a lack of good planning.
Poor circulation and work flow, inadequate lighting, inflexible layouts,
and inefficient space utilization are problems we help our clients avoid.
How a facility changes over time is a major concern. Facility Planning
& Resources presents various long term scenarios for our clients’
examination in order to select the proper options and aspects of
flexibility to incorporate into the design.
- Develops Options
- Identifies Trade-Offs
- Removes Barriers
We specialize in developing serious, meaningful options as a means of
understanding the solution. At the end of our planning process, careful
evaluation will have been given to each possibility. Clear direction for
developing the facility plan will be established. The preliminary project
budget will have been updated with additional items listed and described
in appropriate detail.
Design time to an architect is precious. Yet, somehow in our striving
to extend the time to design, we have developed the notion that the longer
it takes to design something, the better it must be. Nothing could be
farther from the truth.
Rather than more time, architects need more of these four elements:
information means that the project has been adequately researched. The
site, the client’s organization, the proposed building type and other
factors need to be analyzed and understood prior to drawing the first line
on paper. This is why establishing Goals and collecting and analyzing
Facts in the programming process are so important. With the appropriate
information, design decisions can be made readily and confidently.
- Appropriate information
- Well organized data and concepts
- An understanding of the client’s intentions
- An atmosphere that supports creativity