arrow (1K) Communicate

arrow (1K)Think Before Acting

arrow (1K)Time Well Spent

5 Steps (19K) We develop facilities that are conducive to an efficient and highly productive work environment, from ergonomic workstations to attractive interior designs; from balanced supplies of fresh air to a controllable, energy efficient environment. Our programming and project management experience is based upon twenty years of delivering outstanding architecture in a hands-on style.

A successful facility begins with building a strong foundation. Good planning & design begins with an effective architectural program. Defining space, utility and budget requirements is accomplished in five distinct steps.

1. Establish GOALS:
The first step in a project is to establish clear, specific statements of the objectives to be achieved. What does the Client expect to accomplish with this facility.

2. Collect and analyze FACTS:
Existing conditions, people projections, space standards, codes and ordinances are all part of establishing accurate essential this knowledge base.

3. Uncover and test CONCEPTS:
Goals are ends; concepts are the means to the ends. FPR works with our Clients in brainstorming pertinent ideas for attaining their stated objectives.

4. Determine NEEDS:
The key question in every project is, "How much will it cost?" The four components of cost are:
  • Quality - Project Budget
  • Space - Space List
  • Support Systems - Utility Matrix
  • Schedule - Project Schedule

  • 5. State the Solution:
    A summary of the entire program is developed in narrative form. This narrative then serves as the criteria from which to evaluate the project design and construction.

    In its most direct form, project management is working with people. It is the communication, coordination, and control of project information so that all parties can contribute to the best of their abilities. Today, executives are being asked to accomplish more than ever before, and at the same time, using fewer resources. Facility Planning & Resources provides a two-part response to this challenge. First, as Team Leaders, we provide a generalist point of view. We can see the big picture. Secondly, we furnish, as resources, Technical Specialists who understand the specific details in their fields of specialization. Working as a team, we provide solutions from two points of view. Because of this dual approach, our process is utilized over a wide range of project types:

    • Administrative Offices
    • Assembly & Test Facilities
    • Cleanrooms
    • Corporate Headquarters
    • Computer Centers
    • Electronics Laboratories
    • Engineering Offices
    • Manufacturing Facilities
    • Operations Centers
    • Pilot Line Facilities
    • R & D Centers
    • Warehouses
    • Wet Laboratories
    bioCleanRoomSmall (30K)
    Programming is the initial project work, which defines the design requirements. Facility Planning & Resources performs this work before beginning design rather than during design as other firms. We facilitate owners in developing measurable project goals. We gather the pertinent background material necessary to understand the project context. Then, with our clients, Facility Planning & Resources creates innovative concepts, which in turn will drive the facility design. Finally, we develop projections for the project requirements which include area, future growth, utilities, a project budget, cash flow projections and a project schedule.

    Facility Planning & Resources uses this five step approach (illustrated below), to defining facilities called Solutions. This method is both analytical and creative. The analytical aspect of programming involves the collection and examination of background information and pertinent data, such as current space utilization, staffing projections, and utility consumption. It includes a complete facility and/or site analysis.

    The creative aspect seeks to discover new combinations of ideas. The results may be new applications of old ideas, concepts borrowed from unrelated projects, or ideas developed with corporate personnel during organized brainstorming sessions.

    The five steps in this approach provide a framework for organizing information with feedback and evaluation loops. Data and ideas are recorded in graphic form, using 5"x 8" analysis cards, which are then organized into a wall display. This provides managers and executives with a ready, visual reference of programmatic ideas.

    Read More ...

    arrow (1K) Communicate

    arrow (1K)Think Before Acting

    arrow (1K)Time Well Spent

    ^Back to top^
    ^Back to top^

    Copyright © 2014 Facility Planning & Resources Inc.
    All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.