I. PRE-DESIGN (LASER SCANNING OPTION)
For existing buildings, we can use 3D Laser Scanning to create as-built drawings in a very short amount of time, regardless of the complexity of the building/site. Compared to traditional measuring/drawing, laser scanning technology is much more cost effective and accurate. We have a partnership with a Laser Scanning company that allows us to provide this service to our clients as needed. The process is simple and efficient: 1) Scan the building/site with a laser scanner, 2) Process the scanned data into workable CAD/REVIT files.
II. CONCEPT PHASE (SCHEMATIC DESIGN)
We begin our design process with a combination of hand-drawn sketches, plan illustrations and 3D mass modeling perspectives. Before we get in to the details of the plans and elevations, we always make sure that the scale and the location of the building relate well to the surrounding context. Shown here are a few images that have been used in some of our concept studies.
III. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
After schematic design, we continue to massage the plans and elevations to match the client’s program needs and aesthetic tastes. We explore solutions through colored plans and elevations, as well as 3D renderings. In doing this, we are able to save valuable time and achieve greater success because it allows the client to experience our vision for their building in the most realistic way possible at a very early point in the design process. Once we have achieved a design that satisfies the client’s needs, we are able to proceed.
IV. CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
For Construction Documents, we use AutoCAD or REVIT (Building Information Modeling) or a combination of both. There are several big advantages for the client that would incentivize the use of REVIT. It provides a 3D model of the entire building and all interior spaces which provides obvious benefits of visualization, as well as a more accurate design with fewer errors and omissions. (See images for examples of REVIT models.) It also allows for collision detection between all disciplines: architecture, structural, mechanical & plumbing, which saves time and money during construction. On smaller projects, where production time is limited, we may use CAD if we think it may be a smarter and more effective way to work.