Schematic Design Phase


The schematic design phase establishes the conceptual design of the project and illustrates the scales and relationships between project components. It is during this process that drawings establish the scale of the building, it’s relationships to the site and it’s architectural language. Conceptual site plans, preliminary building plans, sections, elevations and/or other drawings are developed to communicate the design intent. This phase always requires extensive participation by the Client. City Planning or Building officials, Land Surveyors, Engineers, Arborists and/or Ecologists may also be consulted. These consultations identify special concerns early and enable a comprehensive overview of the requirements to achieve the project goals. Sustainable and/ LEED projects require tight integration of all engineering disciplines to ensure building performance is in keeping with design intent.

Every building has the potential of improved efficiency. Every building can be a healthier and more productive environment. If applicable, we can assist you to review your existing facilities and maintenance programs looking for opportunities for improvement. This includes but is not limited to HVAC, building envelope, lighting, controls, equipment, cleaning and maintenance issues, recycling programs, and system upgrades. All are evaluated with the purpose of maximizing operational efficiency and minimizing environmental impact on humans and the environment. This type of analysis can significantly affect the evolution of the project.

At times, schematic design is marked by submissions to planning commissions and presentations before design review boards. A process by which a local officials review the design to ensure it conforms to zoning, planning requirements/ or special architectural guidelines. On public & commercial projects, it is recommended to obtain a schematic cost estimate.

The synergy between Owner, Architect and Contractor is a key component to a successful project. It may beneficial to identify contractors early on in the project to evaluate the budget and schedule. It enables for a tighter integration of the design and budget.