How Does the Adaptive Architecture Process Work?

by J. A. LeFevre on July 28, 2016

In this post, let’s take look at the DESIGN PHASE of our Adaptive Architecture Process.

Over the years, our team has uncovered the key to comprehensively designing commercial properties, residences and educational facilities that are intuitive, attractive and functional.

We call it Architecture in 4D.

1D DefineWe believe that in order to maximize utility, thoughtfully-designed buildings must fulfill today’s needs and anticipate tomorrow’s needs.

Our proven “4D Adaptive Architecture Process” guide us to imagine a building’s usages from the moment its doors open to years into the future.   From our initial client meeting, walk through a pragmatic planning method that not only anticipates occupants current needs, but can also be easily adapted based on the anticipated longer-term needs of occupants.

On one hand, buildings that last aren’t difficult to design.  On the other hand, buildings that both last and have long-term usefulness take thoughtful planning early in the design process when ideas are still on paper.

So, where do we start?

First, we listen to our clients!  Novel idea, don’t you think?

Our best designs originate with your vision combined with our experience.  We work with you to DEFINE your the goals, your expectations and your dreams.

CompasExt3 Compas Building, Lewistown, PA


Here’s how it works:


We break this down into three major integral steps of the project delivery process:

A. Identify and Delineate the Project Scope

Very early in the process, we work with you to identify and precisely document the scope of your project.    We discuss outcomes, work to clarify your vision and define your goals.

B. Analysis

In this step we conduct a building site evaluation and begin to bring our strategic partners in to offer input and feedback on your goals.

C. Project Pro-Forma

At this point in the process we begin to outline the scope of the project, identify and pursue a variety of options for achieving your vision and goals, and ultimately develop a Facility Requirement Guideline document.

Subsequently, we analyze and interpret the data, identify and investigate numerous scenarios, and complete a thorough site evaluation. This phase of the process enables us to prepare and deliver a preliminary budget that takes into consideration construction and funding requirements.  This step informs project feasibility and enables our tram to established outcomes.

Next week I’ll tell you more about the second step of our exclusive process, Architecture in 4D; Design.

Let us show you how this process can help you get more from your next project.   Call us today or download a free copy of our Guide to Adaptive Architecture.

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