Helping Us Help You
So you’ve decided that you need some professional help. Perhaps you’re considering writing an informal Request for Proposal (RFP) and are wondering how to structure your scope of services section. If you are not familiar with RFP’s you may wish to have a quick read through our previous blog here.
Design runs through a series of phases where one phase builds on decisions made in the previous phase. Although you are always free to change your mind, it does help to consider your objectives from many angles early on in the process to help make the project flow smoothly. We’re not suggesting you need to have considered every possible problem and solution. We will certainly help navigate your way through some of these but if you can develop a list of problems or a wish list, it will undoubtedly help the design team hone in on your challenges and develop solutions.
In this blog, we will review the initial stage of the design process. We will address the next phases in upcoming blogs.
The Programming Phase
You’re at the starting blocks. In this phase, designers meet with clients to discuss project goals. Discussions will review needs, goals and challenges. Depending on the project, this may be with the Client Lead or it may involve other staff members such as department heads which have greater insight on specific needs of their departments or individual members. By this point you will have had opportunities to get feedback from your employees regarding their needs and wants and have at least preliminarily evaluated this feedback. Depending on whether you are a large or small organization you may have already provided us with this feedback and we have prepared some points to consider regarding your goals.
Designers during stage will make site visits to gather information regarding the existing conditions. A site measure may be required if you don’t have any drawings for your proposed site.
Additionally designers will also want to know about preferences regarding style, colour, mood and feel etc. These may be dictated by existing company branding, the necessity to integrate with existing conditions or can be completely fresh and new.
Building codes, life safety and barrier free regulations will be ascertained along with project budgets and schedules. A feasibility study may be part of this phase which will inform as to any restraints that may affect the desired outcome.
Ultimately, a final design programme will be established and the design can proceed to the next phase.
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