Our Services

Pre-Design

  • Master Planning

    During the Master Planning Phase, RFD works collaboratively with the Owners, Architects, and Departmental Representatives to understand the ‘big picture’ issues related to the corporate or institutional vision, current conditions, program-specific deficiencies, and broad brush options for accommodating the long-term space needs for Science, Technology and Engineering programs. The process is interactive and participatory in order to gather a broad range of input from all appropriate stakeholders. The goal of the Master Planning Phase is to identify ‘rough order of magnitude’ space needs and provide a framework for the orderly development and execution of projects to satisfy these needs over a defined period of time while working towards a more cohesive campus environment.

    Pre-Design
  • Building Assessment

    RFD provides assistance to planning teams to assess the suitability of existing facilities for a range of laboratory related programs. Specific items of concern include: adequacy of floor-to-floor heights to accommodate distribution of modern mechanical, plumbing and electrical/IT systems; laboratory module depth to accommodate reasonable room proportions for good sightlines and efficient layout of laboratory work stations; structural column and window spacing vs. optimal laboratory planning module width to accommodate proper laboratory bench depth and adequate aisle spacing for ADA accessibility; and adequacy of existing structural systems to meet the vibration criteria of sensitive scientific instrumentation. Recommendations are developed for placement of ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ program occupancies in new construction vs. renovated facilities.

    Pre-Design
  • Programming

    Programming is a crucial element in the overall planning process since it forms the basis for all subsequent design phase activities. During programming, RFD works closely with the Client and Architect through interviews with Departmental representatives, administrative and facilities planning staff to determine the specific requirements for each space. Utilizing customized questionnaires and room data sheets, each space is thoroughly reviewed to define the size, occupancy, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and environmental parameters. Space diagrams are developed to demonstrate that the functional needs of each space are being met within the programmed area. RFD’s extensive benchmarking database of critical area and cost ratios can help validate that user requests are reasonable in comparison with peer organizations elsewhere.

    Pre-Design