The chart below demonstrates our design process which we apply to all of our projects.
Strategic scheduling is the most effective way to ensure projects are delivered as planned. By setting goals and identifying priorities, our team is able to develop the appropriate scheduling strategy for your project, complete with milestones that will dictate the critical path. The effort and duration of all the tasks in each phases of our design process are then carefully mapped out, estimated and scheduled.
Since a project schedule is a living tool that is active throughout the entire project life-cycle and is therefore susceptible to modification as the project progresses, a baseline schedule in place from the outset is critical. Changes – when communicated in a timely manner – can then be accommodated with minimal disruption. Our process allows us to is to remain flexible but informed.
Since 2011, Grant Design Group has been using Autodesk Revit, a 3D building information modelling (BIM) software, for all our projects. It has not only revolutionized the design process but also enabled clients to better visualize the design earlier on and make better informed decisions. In a fully a three-dimensional approach, creativity is maximized by fully integrating layout, finishes, lighting, millwork and signage early in the planning stage. Our clients now have the ability to virtually experience and walk through a project prior to any construction taking place. The impact of design changes can be seen ‘live’ through the use of Lumion & Enscape software which are add-ons to Autodesk Revit. Visit an example of a 3D walkthrough here.
Although modelling in interior design is most typically used for 3D visualization, we, at Grant Design Group, have fully embraced its use in all stages of the design process – from programming, planning, and costing, to furniture procurement and move management. BIM has also reinvented the design development and contract documentation phases of a construction project. Coordination between disciplines (design, architecture, engineering) and the builder is more streamlined. By sharing a 3D model, consultants can resolve design conflicts earlier in the process. Contract drawings become clearer with the inclusion of perspectives and axonometric details. Construction budgeting becomes easier when the power of BIM is used to create accurate take offs.
Grant Design Group is a full service design firm. This means that many of our projects include project management services. This includes activities such as tendering, site reviews, contract administration, meetings during construction, client recommendations during construction, coordination of contractor and consultants such as engineers. Grant Design Group has often acted as prime consultant, supervising various sub-consultants. We also have a network of architects and engineers across the country that we work with for out of province projects.
Our sucess in executing a well-managed project is derived from the three elements below: