Architecture Services

Corporate Build to Suit

The key to designing and building successful build-to-suit corporate architecture is understanding the goals and objectives of both the individuals and the corporation that will occupy and utilize the facility. These buildings are most successfully designed from the inside-out with an underlying goal to create a campus feel. Understanding interior planning efficiencies is critical in the base building design.

Understanding a corporation’s culture and organizational structure, as well as its strategic goals is critical. In an owner-occupied building, flexibility, functionality, connectivity and maximizing density are all important factors. The quality of the work environment has a direct impact on work productivity.

Developer Driven

Building design and site development are becoming more complex and sophisticated. Understanding a developer’s business goals, financial pro forma and project objectives is critical to delivering a successful project. It is also important to recognize the value and return on investment in good design. Other important factors to consider are potential tenants, sustainability, market trends, market requirements and the changing nature of work environments.

Vertical Building Expansion

It has been said the “greenest” building may be the one already built. There are many great buildings in our cities today at the end of their useful lifespan. The re-use and transformation of those buildings into new, sustainable, state-of-the-art buildings is a development strategy. These projects require the careful weaving of new and old, in both design and technical execution.

Through the use of Transferable Development Rights (TDR’s), buildings in designated "receiving" zones may be increased in density and height. This fosters and enables the renovations of the existing structure. These buildings are often occupied during expansion and renovation, so this process provides for revenue and schedule flexibility during the redevelopment. 

The program for these projects typically includes: new façades systems, a renovated and new central core, a renovated new main lobby, new central building MEP systems, new vertical transportation systems, new streetscape, and the addition of building amenities. In many cases, 85% of the building’s columns, floor slabs and roof slabs are preserved.

Building Renovation

Updating and re-positioning older, existing buildings requires a careful, strategic approach. Evaluating potential scope and its return on investment is key to the success of these projects. If a building is occupied during renovation, consideration of the existing tenants during construction is an important driver.  

Weaving new and old together to successfully renovate a building involves both innovative vision and a thorough understanding of existing conditions.

Master Planning

The Master Planning process enables a client to define the true value of land through by understanding its physical and legal constraints and opportunities. This process begins with a review of the existing site. Density, flexibility, parking, connectivity and function are all important drivers in the Master Planning process.  Combined with a client’s project goals and objectives, these elements shape the master plan.

Our approach includes graphic and analytical analysis. Diagrams are important to our process.  We create multiple options to illustrate the pros and cons of different development scenarios and key drivers. This ultimately defines the program size and mix that is best suited to a site and subsequently allows for a financial analysis and pro forma development.

Feasibility Studies

Feasibility Studies are an important phase in the development, or redevelopment, of a property. These studies identify all of the physical and legal constraints, challenges and opportunities of a building or site. The final result of this process enables a Client to define a development program and financial pro forma.  

When repositioning existing structures; these studies are the critical first step and precede Schematic Design. Our process includes all of the relevant consultant disciplines, thus enabling us to identify key drivers in the development. Determining the maximum yield and best use for a property is the goal.