Whenever a massive undertaking needs to happen, there is a distinct process
that can be followed that will yield the best results in the shortest amount of
time. For projects involving any type of custom design, and in this case building
design, that process and its
distinct steps (as necessary) are described below:
1. Building Programming
2. Schematic Design - After having developed the program, or listing of spaces,
we then begin to scope out and get a feel for how all of the spaces will work
together combined with the look of the building. At this point, all of the major
design decisions are made, and we go to work to insure that the project can be
built, through bringing in contractors to insure that necessary elements are
covered, if required. We then see what compromises, if any, are
necessary in order
to insure that your project can be built within the time and the
budget allowance required.
3. Design Development - A further refining of the preliminary design is necessary
to fill out the details of your project. At this point, all of the consultants are called
to give a review of the project so that each aspect is fully considered. Design
may occur at this point if based on consultants' recommendations, they are
4. Construction Documents - At this phase, all of the final information is determined
to the extent necessary in order to build the project. A final coordination between the
disciplines is arrived at, and another pass is made by the contractor to insure that
costing information is current.
5. Construction Contract Administration - This phase insures that all constructed
items are coordinated to make your experience of the construction a satisfactory one.
For Grizzly Bear Architecture and Design, we like to add two additional steps:
6. Celebration - The final stage of completion is a ceremony whereby the creation of
and finishing of the project is celebrated, along with the new use of the project
7. Performance Tracking - To meet the Living Building Challenge, LEED
Certification, or other performance certifications, an additional
service may be
requested in order to insure that your building is meeting the
ments we determined in the 'Building Programming' phase
Keep in mind, the phases are a general framework / skeleton from which your
can be organized. Each project is unique, and the requirements of each
from project to project.
At Grizzly Bear Architecture and Design, our desire is to establish a
honest, appropriate and ethical working relationship with you that is
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Grizzly Bear Architecture and Design has designed buildings in California
and beyond. Here are a few of the locations of which we have completed work:
Santa Clarita, Valencia,
Rolling Hills Estates, Newhall, Canyon Country,
Arleta, Lancaster, Palmdale, Las Veags, Nevada, Orlando, Florida,
Tianjin, China, Fushun, China, Lincoln City, Oregon and Meridian, Mississippi
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