Working together to bring your facility to life
This critical step ensures that your finished design matches your curriculum and enhances your students’ learning experience.
Developing customized Educational Specifications accomplishes the following:
- Identifies how you want your students to learn
- Examines the relationships between learning areas
- Establishes space adjacencies
- Determines equipment and square footage requirements
We also examine school site needs, such as parking, pedestrian safe routes, vehicular access, and play field requirements.
Ultimately, Educational Programming and Ed Specs allow you to explore building concepts that match your budget realities before we start designing. This helps keep costs contained and eliminates scope creep.
These collaborative sessions are held in your community over several days and are critical to ensuring that your facility meets your educational needs.
During Schematic Design, we use design software to help you visualize how your facility will look and function.
Board members, staff, students, and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in this process.
During this phase, we use building information modeling (BIM) to check for system efficiencies and building functionality.
We present the final design to you using color renderings, drawings, and even virtual reality (VR) presentations. Our VR capability gives Board members the opportunity to explore classrooms, common spaces, and even the building design as a whole before voting to approve.
The Construction Documents step is the development of working drawings. These documents will be used for securing bids and construction. They specify every aspect of your facility from paint color to the location of electrical outlets.
We produce multiple check set drawings at different phases — 35%, 65%, 95%, etc. Then we review each set with you, your key personnel, engineers, and the construction manager prior to bidding. These reviews also:
- Reduce questions during bidding and construction
- Provide for more realistic bids
- Save time during construction
- Reduce the likelihood of change orders
Your dedicated Claycomb Project Manager is available to answer questions and familiarize them with the plans.
If additional cost saving substitutions are suggested, we will review them for compliance with your approved drawings and generate necessary documentation.
Throughout the bidding process, we work hand-in-hand with your construction manager to serve your interests. Our communication and attention to detail will save you money and time over the life of your project.