The Importance of Project Feasibility Reporting
Perhaps the most important thing you can do when beginning a job is a project feasibility study.
Clients have financial, economic, and design objectives. Meeting these objectives while managing costs is a challenge for the architectural team as well as for contractors, construction managers and consultants. A viable project integrates both quality design and effective cost management.
A feasibility study analyzes all of the aspects of a project, such as financial and other resources, technical aspects and market demand. It also includes site analysis, code and zoning research and in some cases, an energy analysis. Feasibility studies can create a planning process to test assumptions, identify the scope of work, estimate budgets, build confidence in the project and make the project vision a reality.
The architect tailors each feasibility study to meet the needs of the client. It usually begins with a site evaluation to determine if the site is suitable for the intended project. Building code and zoning reviews establish whether the project will comply with applicable ordinances and rules.
For example, if the client wants to put an addition on their building, the feasibility study will determine if it is legal and propose possible alternatives or variances. After the architect develops a design, the next step is a budget. Based on square footage and using industry standards, construction costs are estimated. For most condominium or co-op projects, the information generated is available for presentations to committees and boards when seeking funds for the project.
A well-researched feasibility study can go far towards identifying challenges and in some cases, avoiding future problems with the project. An experienced architectural firm will meticulously research and create the necessary reports.
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Chanel Boutique Façade by MVRDV
MVRDV has recreated a façade for a Chanel boutique in Amsterdam made of glass brick. In attempt to revive the local character of the neighborhood, MVRDV used the glass bricks to create a literal and a symbolic transparency between the interior and the exterior with an unconventional material.
Working with researchers from Delft University, the engineering firm ABT and the contractor Wessels Zeist, MVRDV developed the specially designed and recyclable bricks, which utilized:
- high tech lasers
- lab-grade UV lamps
- high-strength transparent glue
Despite its lightness in appearance, this unconventional structure’s strength is comparable to concrete, allowing the architects to seamlessly transition from glass bricks at the storefront to traditional terra cotta brick at the top. With its innovative mix of old and new technologies, the design seeks to restore the local character of the shopping district while providing the individuality expected in such high-end flagship retail stores.
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