Project Dossier

The Project Dossier was developed in response to an on-going trend in the design and construction industry. Architects, eager to get designing and Contractors, wanting to get building, moved clients so quickly through the initial stages that hasty decisions were being made. This created a snow-ball effect – leading to costly mistakes in the field which lead to projects coming in over budget and over-due. Ultimately it produced unsuccessful projects.

We want to forego all of that and obtain you the best project imaginable. This is possible by simply slowing down, taking time to identify the ‘wants and needs’, code stipulations (and ramifications thereof), and the available options.

The Project Dossier will provide you with a concise, easy to digest report(s) that outline the options, constraints and potential hazards for your endeavor. The dossier will:

  • Minimizes your risk of rushed design decisions – saving time and money.
  • Provides a detailed map of how to get to project completion.
  • Allows you the opportunity to explore your goals for the project in a structured format.
  • Help us determine if we are compatible.

While the majority of architects provide the same linear services (Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, etc.) here at SPD Architecture, we do things a bit different. We spend more time on research – creating your custom Project Dossier – to provide the knowledge and solid foundation from which the entire project will be built upon.

3 Step Process

  1. Ice Breaker
  2. Preliminary Code Analysis
  3. Design Review

What’s Involved?
Step 1: On-site meeting to discuss your project. The aim is to identify the ‘wants and needs’ – to understand the basic Program as well as to identify the Schedule and Budget.
Step 2: Provide a preliminary code analysis. This is in place to identify building restrictions based on Use and existing conditions.
Step 3: Combines what has been gathered and learned from the previous steps and puts it into the project. Code issues and constraints can be identified, allowing for them to be flushed out. Options can be organized around these. Finally, the Dossier will be created.