1. The process begins by documenting known elements. Most commonly the first step is to identify the boundaries of the site under consideration. Existing structures, site elements and topography are noted.
2. The next step is to document any site-specific features, such as: existing buildings, rights of way, utilities, etc. With each step more information is gathered, and a better understanding of the site is developed.
3. Following the documentation of existing conditions, the next step is to develop a “Program of Space Needs”. This program consists of a list of spaces, with square footage requirements noted for each. This list is developed through a series of interviews with the facility administrators, occupants, and others the owner deems appropriate.
4. After the program has been identified, the total square footage is calculated. The resulting square footage is laid over the proposed site to confirm that the program can fit on the site.
5. Site specific issues are identified, such as: solar Orientation, favorable Winds and breezes, and views. Additionally, the natures of other elements, such as busy streets, are identified. Each of these issues are noted and acknowledged.
6. As the process moves forward, the programmatic spaces are analyzed, significant relationships and adjacencies are accommodated, and the site specific issues noted above are all combined to develop a scheme.
7. During this process, each item that strengthens the design is retained, those that detract are either altered or removed. The process continues until a scheme is developed that provides the best solution, and meets the client’s needs and budget.