Our approach to architectural design uses an immersive, collaborative process that brings our designers together with our clients. Finding the heart of a project, whether it’s a community center or an office space, is vital to creating a space that truly serves its users. We believe that every project should do more than meet the minimum requirements – it should help transform lives by creating places that contribute to the vitality of their communities.
We believe sustainability should be approached in a holistic manner, which includes responsible decision-making in every aspect of the project. By considering key elements such as user interaction, material impact, building permanance, culture, economy and preservation, it’s our ultimate goal to design in a responsible way that can meet the ever-changing needs of both the end user and the environment. We call this modest concept the BVH Responsible Approach. As a means of fostering this approach, we have adopted the AIA 2030 Commitment to track and reduce energy consumption in our built environments.
“Sustainability should be approached holistically with consideration to performance, context, ecology, health and many other factors. It is not about checking off a list but truly connecting the building with the environment in a positive way. It is about thinking beyond the walls of the building and extending the impact a project can have on your community.”
Whether it be custom artwork, environmental graphics, or project-focused print publications, our graphic design team naturally enhances our full-service design team.
BVH’s experience in Facility Assessment ranges from historic structures to entire K-12 districts. This process typically entails thorough documentation of each building and site component including describing existing conditions, recommendations for repair and/or replacement and priority levels. This analysis typically involves:
Photographs of each component are compiled and organized to create a snap shot of the conditions on-site during the assessment process. On-site review is only a part of the overall assessment process, however. Additional research of drawings and maintenance records contributes to a 360-degree view of the facility. This allows our team to gain a thorough understanding of hidden elements, past deficiencies, and user experiences with the facilities. We then develop recommendations to address identified deficiencies and these, in turn, are prioritized and phased. Estimated probable costs are attached to each recommendation.
It is imperative to design spaces that can be quickly and easily adapted, often meaning that design solutions are less permanent and more flexible with furniture-based solutions. We believe that we can help “future proof” your building to be adaptable for future technology advancements and user needs.
Our process begins with rigorous inquiry and careful listening to understand your project, goals, challenges and opportunities. We dig deep into each project, looking for patterns and insights that provide context to solve your design problem. We challenge easy answers, and rely on proven data to guide insights and intuition. We also collaborate heavily at this stage with our clients to ensure we’re seeing the problem from every angle.
This phase of the process leverages the knowledge gained through research, creating solutions to test and scrutinize through the lens of the project’s goals. As a result, your project rightly responds to the specifics of site, place, material and time. We utilize our expertise in performance-based design to test the developing concepts. The intent of this iterative process is to utilize research and real data to narrow our focus onto a single solution.
Our process of inquiry and exploration culminates in a unique design suited perfectly to your project, responding to each need and opportunity to create the best solution possible. We carry the design from inception to completion, through each phase of design and documenation and finally to construction and post-occupancy, to ensure everything is done right.