The integrated process results in places and spaces that maximize building performance and reinforce well-being and engagement while requiring less energy, less water, less square footage and less building materials. This new model of integration is redefining the traditional design process by creating uniquely collaborative teams that share a common commitment to discovering the connections that exist between design excellence and sustainability..
Design is an inherently interactive and dynamic process. For a design project to be successful, it must go beyond meeting the functional requirements. We believe that sustainability is too important to be treated as just a scorecard because it is neither an additive nor subtractive; rather, it must be ingrained into a building’s DNA. In lieu of chasing fashion, our integrated teams are creating spaces and places that enrich lives and create long-term value for our clients by changing the discussion from added cost to added value.
Right from the start, integrated design asks each discipline, “How would you do it?” It is a process that takes this early input and informs the design, making our process linear and more efficient. Having this early input allows our teams to better communicate with owners, contractors and all members of the design team. Early input from our multi-disciplined teams allows us to produce projects that are better coordinated and that save time and money during construction phases of the project for our clients.
Engaging the different disciplines from the very onset in the design process is the only way to create real sustainability. The traditional consultant process is inherently difficult to navigate when creating a cohesive direction for the design. We have changed this so that we are partners instead of consultants in the process of creating well-coordinated projects that perform.