Putting it on paper:
The design process follows a recurring cycle of identification, brainstorming, critique, and refinement. As the details of the design move from concept to detailed drawings, this cycle is repeated numerous times. This phase is highly interactive with the client and involves the entire ARC International design team as well as consultant engineers. With each cycle, more and more layers of detail are added to the design as unique solutions emerge for your specific needs.
An integral part of this process is the “Design Workshop.” These frequent planning conferences between the ARC team and the client include critical reviews of the developing design and things such as alterations due to engineering requirements or building codes, etc. Regular cost projection analysis makes sure the project stays within the parameters of your resources. 3-D computer modeling allows you to take a virtual tour of the inside and outside of the design; you can actually see what it will be like to walk and
work in the building. The value of the design becomes very evident during this phase. By taking the time to get it right on paper, our design and engineering team can save significant amounts of unnecessary expenses. Changes on paper are always much cheaper than changes in construction that come from last minute changes or flaws of an initial design.
The design phase ends when all parties (owners, engineers, code enforcement agencies, etc.) are convinced that the final set of plans and construction documents are complete, acceptable, and reflect the vision and goals of the project.