Needs Analysis & Programming:
- Intake of the clients needs and wants. This leads to a building program that breaks down each space and outlines the information received during the intake.
- A review of existing conditions. This could be of the building that we are planning on renovating or adding onto, or it could be of the site conditions for a new structure. This also includes any local code requirements and reviews with the city code officials.
- Rudimentary sketches that pulls the information from the building program that gets the conversation moving in regards to the needs and wants of the client.
- Once the schematic design is approved to move forward, we then develop the details of those documents in a computerized format.
- During the schematic and conceptual design phase, we are using the building program to do space planning. Through those processes, we understand what the client wants in regards to adjacency, hierarchy, “front of the house” and “back of the house” spaces, etc. This allows us to really be able to hone in on what the floor plans are going to consist of, while maintaining the needs/impact for the health safety and welfare of the public.
- Designing the required lighting needs for particular spaces as they pertain to building code. This includes the required lighting levels, emergency lighting, and aesthetic lighting.
Furniture/Fixture selection and Installation:
- This includes a selection of furnishings and accessories. I like to say it is everything that would fall out if you turn the building upside down. Selections, budgeting, installation, storage of existing or new, specification writing and bidding of FF&E package.
Coordination of tenant vendors:
- This could include the owners Audio/Visual consultant and making sure that their needs are coordinated with our electrical engineers as well as with what the owner truly needs for their facility. This could also include coordinating with another interior designer that the client has brought to the project and making sure that their selections are also coordinating with the entire building and that their information is being incorporated into the construction documents that the contractor will receive.
Graphics and Signage Design:
- In all commercial buildings, the code requires certain types of signage to maintain the health, safety and welfare of the end user. This specifically requires braille, mounting heights/location for signage, etc. But then, of course, we want for it to obviously be visually pleasing for the branding of the building. Wayfinding is a very important component of a building, it allows the user to easily navigate through a building without any confusion. This doesn’t have to just be in regards to signage, it could be film on wall systems, the change in color on flooring, change of ceiling treatments, lighting, etc.