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:
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
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
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
3. Space Descriptions
The architectural specifications set forth furnishings and occupancy
requirements, security equipment and adjacency notes and other relevant
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
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
1. Documentation of Operational Impacts of Design
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.