Where Would You Start?
Where would you start on a construction-related project?
First, what classification of project are we talking about? Is it...
If the project is commercial in nature, the project owner (you?) typically meets with a professional architect or PE engineer discuss the nature of the project. Once the project's projected size and estimated cost becomes established the project enters the 'design phase' that can entail the assembly of required professional talent into a specialized team that's known in the trades as an "Integrative Design Team".
When these teams meet they focus on the specific goals and needs of that project. Some of the items they typically consider are zoning requirements, ADA1 restrictions, financing options, tax codes and monetary incentives, space for parking and other items that impact the overall scope of the project.
These focused design sessions are commonly referred to as "Design Charrettes". Design Charrettes can be scheduled to occur at specific intervals during the project's design, construction and commissioning stages to keep everyone on the same page, including the people in the field.
Design Charrettes have long been held in meeting/conference rooms, from small to large, and have sometimes grown so large as to be held in auditoriums, churches or other group assembly meeting places.The traditional charrette has been conducted in-person, which can be logistically challenging and also quite expensive.
This is where this innovative online platform, DesignCharrette.com, can minimize or even eliminate much of the cost thanks to today's modern technology including the Internet, CAD/BIM2 software and collaboration/communication electronic online formats.
If the project is residential in nature, then this online format is especially useful, both in terms of locating the appropriate members for your team(s) while keeping costs like travel, accommodations and food to a minimum.
Rather than keep writing about residential and commercial projects in general, let's look some examples of each type as shown below:
1 - ADA: American Disabilities Act
2 - CAD = Computer-Aided Design / BIM = Building Information Modeling