SPACE provides professional services in the selection of buildings or site based on client needs. Selected building or site must meet a stringent list of priorities based on the development program as defined by SPACE and the client. After selection of the building or site, SPACE manages the entitlement process which often includes such items as Environmental Studies, an ALTA Survey, Planning & Zoning requirements and many other issues that are project specific.
The initial effort on projects will involve consideration of a Master Plan, and directly involve the two design principals. An on-site charrette will be scheduled during which these professionals will meet with your staff and stakeholders to analyze your stated needs, and provide further development resulting in a comprehensive architectural program A secondary step during the charrette will involve the initial conceptual design of the facility(s). All information obtained during the charrette meeting will be documented, published and used as a resource in the creation of an initial Master Plan design concept, which will include a detailed floor plan of the initial facility(s), a site plan for the location of future facilities, and an initial budget for each development phase. Upon delivery of the Master Plan and Concept Plan(s), you will then be given the opportunity for a thorough review and development of questions and comments for our design team. These will be vetted and incorporated into the design until an approved plan is achieved. Conceptual exterior building elevations will then be developed for your review and approval, which will subsequently lead to the creation of 3-dimensional architectural renderings of the project. Updates to the project budget and LEED worksheets (if included) will be made, and all documentation submitted for your review and approval.
Upon receipt of your written approval of the Concept Design, we will then begin development of the full Architectural/Engineering documents necessary for the construction of the first development phase. All engineering disciplines will be fully engaged, and a full value-analysis of various system options will be performed. These will be submitted to you along with our recommendations for consideration and approval. Subsequent systems design will then commence based upon your respective approvals. The initial A/E design submittal will be made at the completion of Schematic Design (approximately 35% complete). Subsequent design review submittals will be made during Design Development (65% complete), and Construction Documents. We offer on-site design review services within our basic services fee (plus travel expenses), and remain fully involved in the project as your representative throughout construction and final occupancy.
The two most important aspects of most projects include an accurate architectural program and a realistic budget which directly correlates with that program. These are both established by our firm early in the Conceptual Design process, eliminating surprises later in the design process. The historical accuracy of our budgets has been established through multiple completed projects in various locations throughout the United States.
SPACE works closely with clients in the selection of the General Contractor or Construction Management Company, often times bringing them in early in the process to be part of the team during the design process. Engaging the construction company early ensures that all design/construction stake holding partners have the opportunity for value engineering the project as a team. The team will consist of the Client, the Architects/Project Managers, the Construction Company, Civil, Structural, MEP and AVL Consultants.
SPACE provides selection and procurement services of FF&E (Fixtures, Furnishings & Equipment – at an additional fee) as directed by the client. With hundreds of items to search out and purchase the Selection and Procurement of FF&E items is a labor intensive, detail oriented task that often takes the client many weeks of research. SPACE has developed an Excel spreadsheet tool that makes FF&E selection & procurement a quick and easy process. The SPACE staff is available to work with your team to make this easy and efficient.