Our Planning Process
Providing you a clear understanding of what you need by evaluating out what is currently going on.
- The current condition of facilities or study of different site options
- Adequacy in space standards
- Current and projected design trends
- Program requirements
- Demographics and projected changes
- Operations and maintenance costs (new facility vs. remodel facility)
The outcome will be a Facility Program which will establish needs and provide a set of guidelines to be used for exploring design options.
Explore how the Facility Program (created in step 1) influences existing or new facilities.
The next step is to take the Facility Program and use it as a “road map” to begin an exploration of how existing facilities fit, or do not fit within its guidelines. This step will simply explore how the Facility Program influences existing facilities or highlight the need for a new facility.
This phase includes an on-site design charrette with the project’s stakeholders (a graphic brainstorming session). The stakeholders will be armed with a great deal of knowledge and understanding of their operations. The charrette is an informal, hands-on graphic exercise where participants will apply all their gained knowledge through a series of steps to define and understand the planning issues. This process will tryout ideas, investigate options and explore alternatives. The outcome will be a series of design options exploring potential solutions to the Facility Program.
Deciding What to Do
Evaluate all design options to understand their viability and refine to one cohesive design
At this phase, the stakeholders have gained a great deal of knowledge and have created a number of options illustrating potential design concepts for the project. These options now need to be evaluated to understand their viability. We evaluate each option as to how much will it cost, what are the life cycle costs, what are the operations and maintenance costs, how long will it take to construct and most importantly, what will the community accept? This process uses everything we have learned from our previous steps to decide on a preferred design option. Each option will have its strengths, and its weaknesses. The goal of this phase is to discard, revise and refine the options into one, cohesive final design.
DSGW MASTER PLANNING BENEFITS
- Bring groups with varied backgrounds together as one
Different ideas and perspectives need focus. Master planning brings all participants together in a positive, constructive relationship.
- Identify what changes are necessary to stay competitive
Reviewing and understanding area demographics, trends, and service delivery innovations helps you plan and prepare for the future
- Assist in spending decisions and budgeting
Master planning weighs the impact of financial decisions before they are made, so administrators can get the most for their building budget.
- Provide foresight and help the project proceed smoothly
Whether it’s keeping your facility open during construction, or planning for future development, master planning identifies challenges before they happen and assists in smart growth.