Buncombe County Design Charette



Sample 1

Sample 2

The unusual circumstances of this project, upon consideration, require a non–standard service methodology. The scope of the work and the cost of the proposed structure are both at issue. These are dependent upon two things: the design of the structure and available financing. Since the financing is likely to be through a non-profit vehicle as opposed to standard commercial financing there needs to be greater determinability of the project before the major financing can be attracted.  Therefore, we propose to split the normal services into two separate agreements. the first agreement, covered by this proposal, is simply to creating sufficient information to attract financing and to determine probable costs and the eventual scope of the project. This will allow the major financing agencies to have sufficient information to fund the project. This is the portion of architectural design usually referred to as programming and schematic design. The second phase of the work, which will be covered in a proposal when the financing is secured, would cover design development, construction documents and construction administration phases. I any case the total requirement of funds, including these charrette based design services,  will not exceed five percent of the building and site improvement construction cost.

A charrette format has been selected for this preliminary design process in order to create the most effective design in the shortest period of time. For greatest effect the owner or owners representative and the owners choice of consultants should all be included in the charrette. The charrette would take place over a two day period. The figures shown below are for the Architectural staff and and the hosting of the charrette. Compensation of other parties is at the discretion of the owner. Meals during the charrette are included. There are five sections to the active portion of the charrette. The combination of sessions is calculated to not only arrive at an affordable design but at one which allows for a dramatic design which may well be more attractive to funders because of its creativity and depth of thought. The four active sessions are described below.

Site Information Reviewtechnical information relating to the site. This will include satellite imagery, surveyors documents, political limitations of the County or governing body of the area, Zoning limitations etc. The more information available at the time of the charrette the more accurate the design will be.

Functional Programming Sessionfunctional requirements of the building. This will be done with a significant amount of detail as information generated here will be applied to later cost estimates even if the contents of the decisions made do not show on the presentation graphics. The information gathered here will be available as a separate report. This will include not simply area requirements but mechanical, electrical, plumbing and enclosure requirements for each interior and exterior defined area.

Cultural Programming Sessioncultural and non technical requirements of the project. This examination will start on a broad community scale and explore the culturally responsive aspects that can make the project acceptable to the community to the users and to the owners and operators. This will be the source of the creative concepts to be generated later and a portion of the time in this session will be used to explain that creative process. Books, music, images and other inspirations which the owner would like to bring to the session will be examined for applicability and used as later inspiration.

Concept Developmentrequirements into a simple concept that will be used to guide the development of the completed design. There are no drawings generated in this stage only decision making frameworks which talk about what the building should express. There will be several framework concepts generated and the team will select one to develop into a design in a later session. As this creative thinking process is usually glossed over in most organizations, a portion of the time will be devoted to explaining how to carry out this process.

Schematic Design Workshopexpress the selected design concept. This will mostly consist of hand sketching assisted by the creation of computer backgrounds and some Computer generated scaled diagrams used to keep the project in scale. this workshop is intentionally on the second day of the Charrette to allow the team to consider overnight how best to express the selected concepts. The results of this workshop will be collected into a more formal presentation.

Presentation of the selected designthe selected design and present it in several formats for the client. The presentation will include up to two 24” x 36” boards detailing the design in 2D or 3D with color and annotations and text descriptions as required to present the structure that will result at the end. There will also be a letter sized brochure developed  of up to 20 pages with color graphics inserted that will detail the principal aspects of the design in sufficient detail to define the scope and character of the project. Five copies of the printed document and One copy of the presentation boards is included in the pricing below.

Probable Cost Reportdetailed a report of probable cost as we can mange with the available information. There is no guarantee that this will be the exact cost of the structure when built as changes in labor market conditions, selected components, and availability of materials included may vary from the time of this report to the period of construction. However, allowances and contingencies to cover those possibilities, if used, will be called out clearly so that funding may proceed. This report will take up to three weeks to generate. A  five copies of a summary version of this report will be provided to the owner.

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