Large, complex projects often progress over many years through the work of many designers. To ensure the integrity of these complex projects, comprehensive planning is required prior to site design. These planning methods may include the determination of strategic guidelines, elucidation of long-range goals, development of a generalized design schemata, and site feasibility studies.
The design process begins with the development and approval of a conceptual model to guide a particular project. This design concept is refined through a series of exploratory drawings that describe and assess the various aspects of project implementation, including construction technologies, materials, site furnishings, plants, and development costs.
Prepared as part of the bid package for contractors, construction documents include all of the technical details and specifications of a project’s design.
Presentation drawings are often more illustrative in nature than other project drawings. These renderings can be prepared for use in the marketing phase of a project or as a part of the evaluation process.
In the highly competitive real-estate marketplace, realistic digital renderings and animations can help investors, municipalities, and clients have a more realistic idea about the finished product of any project. Massing, composition, function, and material selection can all be visualized and evaluated in a 3-dimensional, rendered world.
Our staff is experienced in negotiating the often-confusing permitting environment of local government agencies. We can read and interpret zoning and land development ordinances, check project compliance with local rules, and author compliance reports and support documentation for projects ranging from the smallest commercial sites all the way up to the largest Planned Development Districts.
In many cases, the difference between quick project or ordinance approval and months of costly delay hinges on public acceptance and buy-in. Many local government public involvement programs are woefully inadequate. If you are one of our government clients, our staff can assist you in crafting a meaningful public involvement program for your agency. If you are a developer seeking project approval, we can assist by facilitating meetings with surrounding residents to explain your project and seek opportunities for consensus.
Creating lively urban spaces that are used and loved by the community is a complex process that requires attention to a number of design variables. We understand the design variables involved in establishing quality public and private spaces. Our staff has significant experience in Smart Growth, sustainable design and community livability issues.
Construction observation during construction may be required to make certain that construction satisfies the intent of the project’s design. Regular site visits and review of design drawings with contractors helps to ensure correct design implementation.