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- Given the Results of the Analysis, Decide to Build a New Facility or Renovate Existing Structures.

H- Complete the Concept Design Process with Owners and Stakeholders.

I- Hire an Architect and Convert the Concept Design into Working Schematic Drawings (Translate Functions into Forms).  TFPG includes organic (GREEN) concept design in steps A - H above.

J- Develop Capital Budget Estimates with the Assistance of a Professional Estimating Service.

K- Acquire Financing for the Project (this is a  parallel activity)

L- Engage in the Construction Process

Need for Planning Activities

The TFPG can specify for clients many of the possible high points, pitfalls, and phases that accompany facilities planning activities. When discussing the activities outlined on this page, we make the assumption that a decision has been made to plan by people with the responsibility and budget to plan.  It is at this point that we recommend focused planning.

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Steps in Capital Project Planning

Contact the TFPG to Discuss the Beginning Activities in Planning a Capital Project.  The most frequently followed activities or milestones (not necessarily listed chronologically) for launching a capital project in the United States are outlined below:  

A- Begin the Planning Process.  This initial activity has been labeled "pre-design and planning."  Set aside at least 1% of the anticipated project costs.  Attaching money to the process, early on, will minimize the useless activity of "planning for the sake of planning."  Our job is to ensure that clients who are also our partners in planning, clearly define the  functions to be performed in the facility through focused strategic planning activities.  The advantage of this step, completed without any pressure from the architect, is to clearly define the functions the will go on in the spaces.

Example of TFPG's Overview Process for Planning

B- Forecast Client Population.  For work and recreational establishments, we review records of past practices and adjust the forecast to match the new goals and objectives of the organization established in Step A.  When working for public schools, we forecast the school district's student population for at least 10 years.  Learn More »

C- Determine Feasibility by conducting an area analysis and program and organizational analysis.

D- Establish Space Needs and Sustainability Goals.

Is Smaller Better?

E- Prioritize Needs. 

F- Adopt Findings of the Needs Assessment and above activities (A, B, C, D, E).

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