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A client has requested a conceptual design for expanding an empty, existing building from approximately 1,000 square feet to 4,500 square feet to be occupied by lab, office and meeting spaces. The building expansion also includes restrooms, parking spaces, an outdoor courtyard and private “talk rooms.”

Johnston LLC is providing Conceptual Designs for this project to help aide in the client’s decision making and scheduling needs.

To complete the conceptual design, a series of work sessions will be held with Johnston LLC’s internal team. From these meetings, the project will begin to take shape




Architectural Design




4,500 SF

DESIGN PROCESS: The design process is a logical sequence to communicate gathered information graphically in order to establish a thoughtful and concise concept. The design goals of the client can be delivered by the architect utilizing a combination of techniques from hand drawn sketches to computer aided design software and Artificial Intelligence.

Establish a Program | Set up Bubble Diagrams | Conduct a Site Analysis | Develop Design Concepts | Choose a Design Approach | 
Present Design Solutions

CONDUCT A SITE ANALYSIS ; Site analysis can be done in conjunction with bubble diagrams. In order to achieve a successful design, site analysis must be done carefully. Missing information may stall the design process as well as increase the construction costs. Site analysis involves taking an inventory of site elements and analyzing these factors relative to the client's needs. During the inventory stage, you gather all relevant information about the properties of the site, from topography, to climate to wind patterns and wildlife. After all such information has been gathered, analyze these features and incorporate them into the design. Subsurface Features: Geological, Hydrology, soil, etc. Natural Surface Features: Vegetation, Slopes, Hydrology, Wildlife, Climate.

CULTURAL AND MAN MADE FEATURES: Utilities | Land Use | Historical Notes | Circulation | Social factors

Perceptual: from a car \ by pedestrian | from a bicycle |
Spatial Pattern: Views to the site | views from the site | spaces – existing | potential for expansions | sequential relationships
Natural Features: significant natural features of the site | water elements | rock formations | plant material

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