Architectural Programming and Space Planning 

MMSI has been involved with more than 30 capital projects valued at an estimated $1 billion. On all of these projects, MMSI has worked with the building's owners to analyze the user's potential growth, determine the facility's size, document user operational requirements, identify and describe all individual room specifications, complete space data tables, draw functional adjacency diagrams, develop capital cost estimates, and provide detailed architectural instructions.

Some projects have involved an assessment of multiple facilities as a part of a master plan or an analysis of renovation versus new construction options depending upon the owner's short- and long-term space needs and budget constraints. Typical facilities for which MMSI has provided architectural and operational programming services include office buildings, multi-family housing units, public health facilities, community service centers, courtrooms and judicial buildings, correctional institutions and jails, child day care centers, day program sites for elderly adults, transportation centers and maintenance facilities.

MMSI facilities programming services are comprised of the three (3) following primary activities:

  • Master Space Planning 

This service usually involves a comprehensive review of various facilities in multiple locations to determine the most efficient and cost effective options for re-use, renovation or expansion in relation to system-wide production and service delivery requirements.

Activities include departmental profiles, building inventories, long-range personnel and space forecasts using several growth projection models and space standards, current utilization analysis and space needs requirements and recommendations. The final report also includes a proposed capital improvements budget and implementation schedule.

  • Detailed Architectural Program

Programming services focus on the operations of an individual business, agency, or department, and provide all information required by an architect to successfully accommodate the owner's needs during design development.

The following components are included in a typical architectural program:

1. Business/Agency/Department Profile
This section describes the mission and purpose of each functional area and provides an overview of staff, operations and growth projections.

2. Operational and Locational Guidelines
Operational guidelines are provided to describe how the area will be managed on a daily basis. Functional requirements that impact the architectural program will be detailed, along with locational considerations.

3. Space Descriptions
The architectural specifications set forth furnishings and occupancy requirements, security equipment and adjacency notes and other relevant design information.

4. Space Data Tables
The space data tables provide spatial allocations for each functional area and list all required spaces, the number of persons occupying the space, net assignable square footage, total net area, and includes notes indicating special considerations and adjacencies.

5. Functional Adjacency Diagrams
A functional adjacency diagram graphically depicts locations of space relative to each other within the functional areas, as may be appropriate.

  • Transition Technical Assistance

Transition assistance helps to ensure that the integrity of the facility is maintained during the design and construction phases as specified by the owner in the programming document. In addition, the owner is provided with assistance to orient and train staff to occupy and activate the facility, particularly if new operating policies and procedures are involved.

The following activities may be involved in the transition process:

1. Documentation of Operational Impacts of Design Development
The programming and design development process may result in changes relative to existing operational policies and procedures. These impacts will be documented for the owner.

2. Room Data Review Sheet
This effort ensures that bid documents include all essential specifications to operate the new facility in the most efficient and cost effective manner, without compromising quality and durability.

3. Develop and Monitor Transition Plan
The plan, developed in concert with an organized client transition team, includes logistical and activation tasks, a responsibility matrix and activation schedule.

4. Development of Operational Policies, Procedures and Position Descriptions
The client's transition team will be assisted in revising all policies, procedures and job descriptions as may be necessary to operate the new facility.

5. Training Strategy
This effort involves working with the staff as necessary to define the most effective methods to complete any training that may be required to successfully open and operate the new facility.

6. Post Occupancy Evaluation
An evaluation methodology is prepared for the owner to use in the short and long-term to identify positive and negative impacts of the new facility in regard to construction, operations, staff attitudes and other relevant quantifiable factors.



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