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Planning 2017-09-22T20:30:07+00:00

Striking the Right Balance

It’s through aligning innovative ideas with the needs of our clients that we create dynamic solutions to accommodate future growth and change. Taking into account the selection of a site, the environmental accountability, and design flexibility, we incorporate the needs of both our client and their community, revitalizing an area for commercial, private, and government use.

Our planners deliver innovative solutions that support sustainable change, which ensures that our solutions are economically viable while being socially and environmentally responsible for the future. Our work adheres to planning best practices across a wide range of urban project types and disciplines. BSSW creates immediate and long-term value by providing a comprehensive understanding of the connections between an organization’s strategic goals and its relationship to the surrounding environment. To do this, our team objectively assesses the ways in which an organization’s assets may best be utilized to support its mission, vision, and values.

We offer planning and strategies for educational spaces, government facilities, libraries, urban corridors and more.

We are committed to sustainability and achieving our client’s vision of the future, while also encouraging innovation and ensuring the greatest return on capital investments.

Architectural Programming

Bringing Your Ideas to Life

Elegantly designed structures with perfectly functional interiors don’t just happen. Architecture truly begins with the pre-design or programming phase of any project. Determining the requirements and goals of a new project is our first and most important task.

Our programming phase involves extensive engagement with our clients and stakeholders in a systematic process of decision-making that uncovers and prioritizes the underlying goals of a project. It helps us define the project from all perspectives and integrate those viewpoints into a comprehensive architectural program. We use a detailed analysis of interview notes, surveys, code restrictions, and all other information that needs to be considered to develop an actionable project assessment. The resulting architectural program will reflect the values and goals of the client, and provide a framework for the design process to follow.

As a project enters the design process, changes become more expensive and difficult to implement. Coordinating project constraints and design objectives in the programming phase helps prevent the costly and time-consuming adaptations that can arise during the later design steps.

Our extensive architectural programming phase helps to keep the project on budget and completed on schedule.

Feasibility Studies

Because Knowledge is Power

Knowledge is power, and it can grant you both peace of mind and cost savings. Those are some pretty important benefits when deciding whether to design and build a structure. Feasibility studies give our clients the knowledge they need to decide if a project idea is compatible with a proposed site location.

We Ask the Right Questions

Can the land support the project’s goals?

Is the surrounding community capable of supporting the infrastructure needed?

Are there city regulations or unseen financial hurdles that could cause issues?

These and hundreds of other questions are answered in a detailed feasibility study, giving our clients invaluable knowledge on how to move forward with their project vision.

What is a Feasibility Study?

A feasibility study is one of the very first steps in a project timeline. It is the process that investigates and evaluates the potential requirements of a site or building. The study educates all parties involved about the history of the site, its overall condition, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed project. Ideas are developed, compared, and analyzed—allowing our clients to make informed decisions about the next steps for the project.

We adapt our studies to fit the needs of our clients, paying meticulous attention to their overall goals, budgets requirements, and project vision. These details guide us as we develop an assessment of the different potential uses of a site and design possibilities. This assessment is communicated to the client and all other parties involved. When a preferred option is selected, possible illustrations are produced, along with evaluations and lists of potential funding sources. Furthermore, we will prepare a fully detailed report summarizing the conclusions for your use. We recognize that the study is a means to gain public and government support, so we aim to produce a document that is both exact and functional.

The BSSW Feasibility Study:

  • Provides opportunities and restrictions of the designated site
  • Identifies critical issues influencing design
  • Estimates capital and operating budgets
  • Determines the scope of work and all related site improvements such as roads and utilities
  • Lays a framework of future project needs
  • Builds project confidence and articulate study results with in-depth detail

We are uniquely positioned to take our clients from the project beginning with a feasibility study to the completion of architectural designs and building oversight.

Hire Architects Experienced with Master Planning

Working in close collaboration with our clients, our architects are adept at creating complex master plans that meet a variety of needs for our clients and the communities who will inhabit the spaces we design. Our experienced local professionals know the unique opportunities and challenges developers face within our region, and lead the master planning process according to best practices carefully developed over the life our firm.

The Benefits of Architectural Master Planning:

  • Envisioning the way developments will be used upon completion and accommodating the users’ every need
  • Dynamically illustrating project design prior to construction
  • Creatively distinguishing projects from the competition
  • Anticipating opportunities for future growth or expansion
  • Identifying efficiencies while maintaining a high level of quality
  • Maximizing return on investment

Accurate Budgeting Comes with Experience

At BSSW, we have nearly three decades of experience and data to inform the budgeting process, and we use cutting edge technology to customize the budget for each project. Also, as a Southwest Florida-based firm, we have local insight into regional costs such as materials and labor, and we are practiced at bidding for services and negotiating purchases.

Collaboration is Key to Accurate Budgeting

Our budgeting process involves an in-depth discovery with all departments and stakeholders. By leaving no stone unturned, we can develop a realistic scope of service and uncover opportunities for efficiency and cost savings. No one wants unexpected surprises, and the accuracy of our budgeting system is a significant benefit to clients who have all eyes on the bottom line.