The Adaptive Architecture Process & Design

by J. A. LeFevre on August 5, 2016

Good morning and thanks for joining us!

Consider this, it is a fact that everything we touch and use on a daily basis has been designed.  Sadly most of us are only aware of design when it somehow fails us.

Thoughts?  Opinions?

The design of a building, at times, can be a daunting task.  The dreams of our clients, the programmatic and construction variables to be considered, the site and its relationship to nature and other buildings are all factors that dramatically affect the design of a building.  We bring our expertise to the table with a fresh mind, free from any preconceived notions.

Thomas Residence Living Room

At the Design stage, we develop the schematic design aimed at addressing the client’s present and future needs.  Alternative floor plan layouts and simulations offer options, sometimes quite surprising ones.

Schematic Design

• Concept Development. Develop a comprehensive plan to address present and future needs
• Alternative Scenario Planning. Develop alternative floor plan layouts to consider options
• Simulation. Develop alternative virtual models, sketches & graphic versions of the program

Throughout every project, our team strives for a comprehensive understanding of the clients’ mission, vision, needs and architectural context.  This approach transforms their culture and environment via the creation of ideas and buildings that honor the broader goals of society in general and the desires of our clients specifically.

Technology Integration

• Technology Assessment.  Consult and coordinate technology requirements
i. Communications, Voice, Data, Networks, Security
ii. Environmental Infrastructure
• Qualitative Evaluation.  Develop alternative approaches to creating “Quality of Space”
• Daylighting.  Evaluate options for light distribution and daily and seasonal variation
• Environmental Evaluation.  Consider “Green” building approaches to conserve energy

Design Development

• Mechanical Evaluation. Evaluate Building Systems
i. HVAC, Plumbing, Structural, Electrical
ii. Interior Materials and Finishes
• Energy Evaluation.  Explore options to conserve energy and operational cost.

Documentation & Specifications

• Produce Construction Documents & Specifications for All Elements Required for the Built Environment
• Construction Documentation
• Zoning and Permits
• Develop “Nuts & Bolts” Documents for Contractors to Bid & Build The Project

As the elements of a design come together, we address the integration of technology and the environmental factors that affect the overall function of the building.  We also evaluate building systems, such as HVAC, plumbing, structural and electrical systems.  From that point, we can arrange construction documentation and specifications.


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

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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