Our ServicesTranslator | Conductor | Peacemaker
Within our programming process, we combine the skills of translator, conductor and peacemaker. We’re experts at programming because we know how to lead people and we know that just talking about good ideas isn’t enough. Our clients measure success in many ways, but no matter what the goals, we are driven to ensure they are attained.
We offer a full range of services that precede the design process to make it smoother, less expensive, and move it forward with clarity. Our services include:
Architectural Programming is the process determining “what” should be designed. It is the recipe that the architects and engineers will follow as they complete their work. Programming is the time to define expectations, establish benchmarks, explore alternatives, balance scope and budget, and to uncover all of the functional issues that impact the project. The resulting document is a comprehensive definition of the project, incorporating:
– space and adjacency needs
– room-by-room technical requirements
– engineering criteria
– site opportunities and constraints
– collateral requirements such as sustainability targets and environmental issues
– scheduling milestones
– a balanced budget, and
– project delivery decisions
Strategic Facilities Planning
One of our primary focuses is to plan strategically for future facility requirements. Rather than simply reacting to immediate demands, we use various programming and planning tools to help you define your goals. Working collaboratively, we determine your facilities needs now and in the future.
Laboratory Planning & Design
Facility Programming and Consulting offers expertise in both laboratory planning and design. With decades of collective experience, we can manage and implement your project from beginning to end—from initial feasibility through construction. Our expert staff has a demonstrated history consulting for all types of laboratories, including pharmaceutical, educational, industrial, biological, and chemical industries. We ensure a thorough understanding of exactly how your laboratory will be used and translate that information into the planning and design process.
Through our extensive experience, we’ve learned the benefit of analyzing needs for a facility and measuring the success of potential options against specific performance criteria. These criteria can include operational, facility, or financial performance. We provide expertise that enables clients to make smart choices between options such as renovation versus new construction.
Our master planning process will help you in thoughtfully planning for both short and long-term requirements. Our planning recommendations often include maximizing efficient facilities use, minimizing costs, developing procedures for determining future space needs, and defining requirements. These resulting requirements form the basis for development of a master plan or serve as planning parameters for the primary master planner.
Sustainable Design Criteria
Facility Programming and Consulting introduces strategies to achieve a true high-performance facility: one that is cost-effective over its entire life cycle, safe, secure, accessible, flexible, aesthetic, productive, and sustainable.
Successful projects require an understanding of the context and conditions that surround the project. We lead your key staff members through a stringent definition process, determining all the criteria that will impact and ultimately define the scope of a project. We ensure that potentially costly issues are addressed during programming, not waiting until design or construction which typically increases the project cost. Some of these include site location, available utilities, topography, access, relationship to existing facilities, master plan requirements, and code requirements. We examine every detail to make sure we understand your needs exactly. You can count on a thorough definition of your project.
Space Utilization Analysis
The most cost effective way for our clients to meet growing demand for space is to measure the effectiveness with which space is used. Space utilization analysis is the process of providing analytical tools to determine space requirements and measure the viability of existing or proposed alternatives. We use sophisticated computer modeling techniques to analyze your current and proposed space. These models are used to measure your space against benchmarks and other standards. This master planning inside the building technique allows us to help you regulate requirements and illustrate options.
Programming is like a three-legged stool. One leg represents the traditional architectural and engineering issues that most firms readily understand. The second leg includes market requirements and opportunities—understanding what is realistic and desirable to current and future stakeholders. The third leg is economic feasibility. At Facility Programming we focus on all three of these pillars—rather than just one or two—providing a balanced perspective for sound business decisions.
When multiple, high-profile stakeholders are involved in such an important project, there are many opportunities for things to go wrong. At Facility Programming, we understand that one of our important roles is to build consensus and develop a forum to discuss and debate issues. While we programmed the New Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, for the City of San Antonio, we managed the expectations and participation of more than 80 stakeholders. We are experts at constantly balancing overlapping demands, achieving compromise, and delivering success.