The process of designing and constructing buildings can be quite complex, requiring the input of a number of participants. In a world where everyone is growing more concerned about how each action may affect others, it is imperative to engage everyone who may be affected by the built environment. An integrative process, also referred to as “whole building” or “whole systems” design, is different from conventional, or linear design and development. In order to maximize cost effectiveness, structural, mechanical and environmental performance, all stakeholders must be involved, and every potential issue addressed, as early as possible. Team members will need to be identified and selected, methodology established, and effective communication and collaboration fostered and facilitated.
Properly managed, this process can both substantially reduce development costs and produce a higher quality product.
ASG has embraced an integrative approach since its inception and is thoroughly familiar with the entire design and development process from concept to construction to adaptive re-use and post-occupancy maintenance programs. We can provide project guidance, develop clear and concise program requirements, evaluate, assemble and guide appropriate participants, assist in the formation of a comprehensive project plan, facilitate and manage the process at any point along the way.