The Pre-Design Phase

Catching your vision:

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First Western GatewayAt ARC International the design process begins with investigation and introspection. We assume nothing, but begin with a series of interviews and workshops that allow us to discover the essence of the project. Since successful and effective design is dependent upon understanding the nature and goals of your organization, we tour existing facilities, speak with employees and user groups, and talk with owners and management–over and over if necessary–until we know for certain that we understand both your needs and your dreams.

By listening, asking, and thinking we can even help you clarify who you are and what you desire to become. This phase allows us to design from the heart of your mission statement on a very practical level. Following our interviews and investigations, we create a list of space and functional needs that are critical to your objectives for the project.

The result of the pre-design phase is a written document that clearly articulates the goals and scope of the project as well as the necessary design components. Only after we catch your vision in this detail will the ARC International team begin to create the design that will eventually represent your mission in physical form.

We interviewed several firms before choosing ARC International and we are so pleased we did. They researched the entire region, bringing back images and ideas. They used a process that brought us into the design every step of the way. The result was solid, stable and rustic–while simultaneously modern and progressive. First Western Gateway not only reflects who we are as an organization, but it’s a work of art to which we all contributed.

-Norbert Sebade, President, First Western Bank.