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How to Get the ROI You Want

September 4th, 2009

Bluntly- construction of a new facility is downright expensive. Furthermore, if not built to suit the needs or goals of your organization, it could end up costing you even more in renovations and operations. It is extremely important that the huge investment you secure in a facility pays you back. It all begins in the predesign process. Follow these three steps to ensure your finalized facility works to enhance your organization and doesn’t hinder it with hidden post-construction costs.

1.) Carefully choose an architect firm– one that doesn’t come to the table with predetermined solutions to your problem they have not yet heard.

Often times, administrators seek an architecture firm with only one thought, “I need a new building.” Owners often don’t understand what exactly they need and can be easily sold. An architecture firm that tries to sell a solution to you before understanding the challenges and goals of your organization will create a facility that costs you more in the end. An architecture firm that guides prethinking process by asking the right questions to understand your culture, users and processes will provide a facility that performs to enhance your organization and help you regain what was spent on the initial construction project.

2.) Identify the blood of your organization

In the project planning stage with your architect, identify and define the problem and discuss, identify and review the directives (goals, objectives, assumptions, critical issues, facts, milestones etc.) for the entire endeavor. These directives are used as the road map to guide the project. Also in this step, make sure your organization’s processes are carefully mapped by the architect.

3.) Manufacture a master plan

Working side-by-side with your architect, create a master plan that explores and develops a conceptual model for physically organizing the site and facilities. The master plan should include prioritized and scheduled capital investments.

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