Chapter 5Pre-Design Process

The first task of pre-design is to answer two basic questions: What are the needs to be addressed, and is a new or renovated building the right response to those needs? The process of investigating and answering these questions is called needs assessment.

If the outcome of needs assessment is positive, the next task is to develop workable answers to several additional questions. These questions correspond to the project parameters that must be aligned to set the project on solid footing:

  • What will be built or renovated? That is, what is the building program and quality?
  • Where will the building be built? That is, what is the project site?
  • How much time is required? What is the project schedule?
  • How much money is required? ...

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