Design Development Phase
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PHASE
The objectives of the Design Development Phase are different from those of Schematic Design Phase. The primary purpose is to define and describe all important aspects of the project so that all that remains is the formal documentation step of construction contract documents.
During the Design Development phase, the Architect establishes the building’s relationships, forms, size and overall appearance through further development of the floor plans, sections, elevations, typical construction details, and equipment layouts. Preliminary specifications, which identify major building materials and systems, and establish quality standards, are also introduced during this phase.
The Design Development Phase focuses more on the technical aspects of materials and building systems. Although this phase allows the Designer to finalize space and function to a great degree, the primary achievement is to enable the Client to understand how the project will function as well as give more detail about what it will look like. Building design is enriched with input from engineers and contractors. The structural system is selected and developed further, as are other building systems such as electrical sources, and heating and cooling strategies. This is particularly true if the building systems are non-standard or avant-garde.
We strongly recommend hiring a contractor at this time (or earlier, if possible). Your contractor can provide valuable “Pre-Construction” services such as establishing a schedule, cost estimating/budget management, and generally allowing you to make educated decisions about quality of materials and products.