PHASED CONSTRUCTION

Many of our projects are phased to accommodate our clients’ constraints. While building in a single, logical phase with a smooth progression from each design phase through construction is almost always more efficient and less expensive, there are often very good reasons why the development sequence must be executed in steps.

For instance, if the construction must accommodate continuous on-site operation of the organization during renovation, the construction period is usually extended to allow for time needed to relocate parts of the operation to “swing spaces” – either within the building or to an external space during the renovation process- and then back again.

The flow of capital funds within the organization may also require that the project progress in steps to match the timing of the availability of those funds. Sometimes it is not only construction that must be phased.  The normal design sequence may be interrupted while key decisions are made. For instance, we often ask the architect to develop a conceptual design that provides the information needed to obtain a conceptual cost estimate, confirm zoning feasibility or provide the owner with sufficient detail to enable fundraising for the project.

In the non-profit world, a hiatus in a project is not unusual. Synthesis can help minimize the interruptions to the project as well as the cost to the client when a pause in the development sequence is necessary.

Below are some of our Phased Construction projects: