Preparing a Vision for Your
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Developing a Proforma
Sources of Project Financing
Wetland Delineation & Summary Report
Environmental Site Assessments
Permit Acquisition Process
Project Delivery Systems
Preparing a Vision for Your Project
You have a need to expand, relocate or to build an entirely new
facility. Embarking upon a building expansion program, of whatever
size, is an arduous and complex undertaking. A myriad of details
and issues need to be dealt with and resolved, oftentimes in an
extremely short time period. Handling these demands can also take
you away from your primary function of running a company or managing
production. You have formed an idea of what this new creation
should be, but are unsure as to how to proceed.
Typical questions that are raised include:
- What size of facility should be constructed?
- Where should it be located?
- What local, state and federal permits are needed and how
much time does it take to acquire them?
- What is the cost of the new improvements and how much can
the company afford?
- What project delivery system should be employed? Can a design/build
company be retained to take care of all my project concerns?
- How much time will this personally take from my very busy
- How quickly can we open the doors and begin generating a
Often, when a company is faced with a building expansion program,
the initial step that is taken is to contact several design/build
contractors and to seek priced quotations. This contact is usually
made without the benefit of well thought out vision, specifications
and/or some engineered plans. Thus, design/build contractors have
little information upon which to prepare their design and associated
guaranteed maximum price (GMP) construction cost. This typically
results in widely varying prices between competing firms for the
same project. The potential exists for many extra costs to occur
on top of the GMP. In addition, without a well defined vision
from which engineered plans and outline specification can be prepared,
the design/build concept offers little opportunity for you to
have control over the quality of the materials used.
Planning is a process. It is a series of steps that can be anticipated
and organized. It is not dissimilar from the development of a
company's business plan. Such a business plan describes the goals
and strategies to meet one's overall objective. Your vision for
your facilities project should also define the goals and strategies
to meet it's specific needs. But, most people do not take the
time and effort to prepare a well defined plan. What they fail
to realize is that it is this initial effort that has the biggest
impact in reducing and controlling construction and recurring
operation and maintenance costs. A well defined planning effort
is probably the most important and cost efficient task to be completed
to achieve a successful and economically viable project.
So, how should you get started? First, take the time to think
it through. Your vision needs to answer, at a minimum, the above
listed questions. It also needs to include specific details regarding
what the project should be and the strategies to achieve this
objective. We strongly recommend that your vision be set down
in a clear and detailed written statement.
Why? This vision statement is a planning tool that can be used
by your entire management and project team. It can become even
more valuable if your management team can help in developing this
vision statement. Having the ability to express their input can
gain their needed ownership in the idea. This written statement
is also essential for preparing a proforma and for attracting
potential investors. Engineers, architects and other consultants
will also need this information to better understand your needs
and to prepare their scope of work.
What specifically should be included in this statement? Elements
from each of the sections presented in this SITE DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION
CENTER should be addressed. You should also describe and/or have
sketch plans prepared regarding the major pieces of equipment
and machinery that make up your complex.
Once you have prepared your vision statement an engineer should
be retained to assist you in selecting a parcel or to evaluate
your existing site for it's potential to support the envisioned
building(s) and related site improvements. Should the evaluation
results indicate that the site is indeed appropriate to meet your
current and future needs, the engineer can prepare a Concept Plan
showing the general arrangement of the major site improvements.
An architect should also be retained to prepare a building space
utilization plan from which preliminary Sketch Plans can be created.
These plans can be used to obtain your direction and input, to
obtain input from reviewing permit agency personnel and to prepare
an opinion of probable construction cost. This effort is a part
of the initial envisioning process. It is from all of these documents
that design plans can be created upon which the construction effort
Should you desire to know more about the content of a vision statement
and the manner it should best be structured to meet your needs,
we invite you to contact us. We promise that we will not "bug"