- Finalize project objectives
- Determine building and user requirements
- Establish a total building area
- Set the scope of work
At this point it is possible to estimate a realistic project cost, to which yearly escalation factors may be added to account for construction or occupancy delays. Programming involves gathering information from the intended building occupants and user groups through group and individual interviews. The programmer researches current and projected needs in all areas, resulting in a comprehensive description of the necessary components of the construction project.
All issues explored in the study phase are re-examined in detail during programming. This is the time to determine the effect on existing facilities or projects-in-planning and the need for corollary projects, such as parking lots or new utilities services. Owner / tenants building requirements or restrictions, and all life safety, fire, environmental and barrier-free code issues are identified. The project program, the result of programming, describes how the finished project will “work” – how it will function for the building occupants and how it will meet all the project requirements.
- Development, site, and building master planning
- Architectural design and drafting
- Interior design & finish selection
- Renderings & presentation drawings (interior & exterior)
- Structural design and drafting
- Construction administration
- Post-occupancy evaluations