PLANNING & DESIGN
Schematic Design / Design Development
Planning & Programming
Plan / Program
TYPICAL PROJECT DELIVERY
Planning and Programming
Successful design solutions are the result of a comprehensive program that manages the
conflicting elements of context, aesthetics, cost, durability, and environmental responsibility.
Let MELD help determine the feasibility of your project. Site suitability studies can verify that
a site is properly zoned, has the required utilities, and is appropriately sized and
configured for a proposed project. Architectural programming is the research and decision-making process that identifies the scope of work to be designed. MELD works with stakeholders to establish goals, examine relevant facts, and develop requirements specific to your project. We have a wide range of experience and specialties including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Enterprise Green Communities (EGC), and Historic Preservation / Historic Tax Credits. Click here for more on Historic Preservation+
Good architecture is created in response to a specific place. This includes physical context, historic use, and evolution over time. Meld will study materials and form in conjunction with project context and present options that coordinate with your programmatic goals.
The success of a project is dependent on the ability for the entire project team – Owner, Architect, and Contractor to “MELD” their expertise to the common interest of the project.
The success of your project depends on open collaboration, internally within our studio
and externally with our clients, consultants, and contractors. MELD will be fully engaged
throughout the construction process, functioning as eyes and ears for the client during
all phases of construction. We monitor construction schedules, cost, progress, and quality
while providing support services to contractors whenever required. MELD enjoys the actual
construction process: crafting light, space, and form to create memorable and functioning
places. We continually explore new materials, welcome input from contractors and craftsmen, and believe strongly in creative collaboration.
Construction Documentation encompasses the preparation of drawings and specifications that set forth the detailed requirements for the construction of a building project. Within the context of
design and construction documentation, design represents an expression of the desired solution, while construction drawings control the eventual physical outcome of that expression. MELD has extensive experience at creating construction documents and navigating projects
through the complex process of obtaining permits and requesting bids for construction services.
Schematic Design / Design Development
The Schematic Design process seeks to define the general scope and conceptual design of the project including scale and relationships between building components. During Schematic Design, MELD will review preliminary plans and conceptual sketches with all stakeholders. This evaluation and interaction allows the client to verify that goals established in the programming phase have been addressed. During Design Development, previous design decisions are refined in greater detail. Architectural solutions are coordinated with Mechanical, Electrical, and
Plumbing requirements, providing a basis for the preparation of Construction Documents. At the
end of the design development phase, the architect will provide the client with scaled drawings
that coherently illustrate the complete project. Click here for 3D Modeling and Visualization+
Planning / Programming / Visioning
Master Planning / Feasibility Studies
Field Verification / Existing Condition Documentation
Rendering and Virtual Tours
Building Code Analysis
Accessibility Analysis / Design
Fit Plan – Spatial Utilization Studies