Space planning and programming are important elements of the conceptual phase of development.
For new buildings, we assist the owner in defining, at the room level, how many types of rooms are needed, the number of similar kinds of rooms, the desired/required size of the various types of rooms, any special equipment requirements and critical adjacencies to allow the building to function properly for the owner and staff. This information leads to an initial concept for the building size and layout. Frequently, the lot size, zoning regulations and cost concerns will dictate how many stories might be required.
For existing buildings, we often start by seeking answers to the following questions:
- What is each space used for now?
- How well do they work in their current purpose?
- How large are the spaces and what are their capacities relative to serving potentially expanded business roles?
- What are the critical adjacencies and how effective are they for the functions of the space?
- What is the flexibility of using various spaces for more than one purpose?
- How easily can interior layout be modified given existing structure and systems?
A related activity is conducting a building condition assessment to address additional questions such as:
- What is the condition of each building element – envelope, HVAC, life safety, access, security?
- What is the age and expected remaining life of all systems?
Synthesis leads this assessment working closely with client staff.