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This is our fifth and final installment in this series dedicated to familiarizing you with the phases of design. If you haven’t read Part 1 – The Programming Phase, click here. For Part 2 – Schematic Design Phase, click here, Design Development, click here, Contract Documents, click here.
Construction is about to begin. Everything you have done to this point has been to lay all the groundwork for the execution of the new design of your space. You will soon be moving in to the vision that has been the fruit of creativity and the integration of the information provided to your design team.
If your contract provides for design services in this phase, the following are some of the items that may be included as part of this phase. Your design team may provide project management supervision of the job site during construction and installation. They may make periodic site visits to ensure that work is being done in accordance with the contract documents and specifications. The design team may also be responsible for the procurement of furnishings and equipment as well as the supervision of the installation of the same. They may maintain project schedules and records and assist in determining substantial project completion, payments to vendors and securing releases. Designers may also prepare and administer post-occupancy evaluations to assess preliminary success of the project.
Your project is complete and you are moved in and enjoying your new environment. Depending on the size of your project and your experience this may have been months or years in the making. There will undoubtedly be hiccups along the way and you may have overcome unforeseen circumstances to achieve your ultimate goal. We as designers try to consider things that may happen but if your project is a renovation of an existing space, don’t be surprised that something had to be altered because of what was discovered in demolished walls. Sometimes changing a design is unavoidable and sometimes the revision ends up even better than the original design. If this happens to you, do not be discouraged.
“Change – It is part of the process.”
The best advice we can give to anyone embracing a new design project? Be open to change, communicate honestly and have faith…It’s gonna be great!