PROCESS

PROCESS

OUR PROCESS

We have an iterative design process that is collaborative, and multidisciplinary in our approach to the design and construction of your project. This process harnesses the knowledge of the team from the beginning rather than incrementally throughout. This is distinctly different from the more traditional design/bid/build method of designing the building first, then bidding it (with multiple contractors), and then building. Regardless of the size or complexity of your project, whether a small remodel or large commercial development, our integrated collaborative design process will pay dividends on a multitude of levels.

DISCOVER:   analyze + identify + establish

Basically this is where we get to know you and your project.  We will identify clear project and program goals, gather information from you, as well as the site (or potential site(s)) and whomever has jurisdiction over the project. We will work closely with you to establish a framework for design, sorting out your wants from your needs. We will discuss your project budget and the requirements of potential members of the design/construction team.

DESIGN:   incorporate + develop + implement

Here we will be incorporating what was determined during discovery with with objectives, site parameters, related code, jurisdictional requirements and relationships between spaces and site. The project team will be developed and implemented.  We will begin flushing out schematics, determining the look, feel and character of the design.  Determining the basic assemblies and systems, developing a clear understanding of project scope and verifying the preliminary budgets.

DOCUMENT:   draw + detail + coordinate

Drawing and document preparation for regulatory groups and review boards. Submitting, coordinating and acquiring building and other related approvals for the construction of the project. Creating final drawings used for construction.

DELIVER:   build + observe + produce

This is the building phase and is the longest and most intensive step in the process. In reality, construction observation is a series of steps designed to produce an environment that is uniquely suited to fit your specific needs.  With large projects, construction observation includes regular meetings that involve the contractor, necessary subcontractors, municipal or county authorities and the client.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

design + render + integrate

Design

Design is both a noun and a verb. Design is fundamental to each project we are a part of. Design requires creativity and problem-solving. Design is not just about the way “it” looks, but more importantly, our interaction with “it”. Design is a methodology integrating ideas, needs, problems, solutions, people, and the environment with the intended outcome of creating a successful design.

Render

To render is the act of producing something either tangible or intangible. A rendering is the representation of a thing or idea. Our definition of “Render” blends the two and becomes a mechanism of communication. Whether a question, a 3-dimensional computer image, a structure, information, or a quick sketch, the intent is to decipher the intricacies of each project and “Render” a solution.

Integrate

To integrate is to take separate parts and combine them into a whole. The practice of architecture combines a set of “parts” into a building design that is integrated with it’s site, users, and the environment to become a larger “whole”. Brown-Architecture acknowledges this connectedness. We strive for a collaborative methodology to the processes of design, fabrication, and construction by integrating technology, knowledge, people, business practices, and systems to maximize the quality of our architecture within the built environment.