What defines a good design from a process architectural standpoint? Efficiency? Compliance? Is it process system integration? How do we know if we have done a good job? All architects can draw floor plans, but process architects follow a “process” to ensure all the complex business drivers behind each project are realized using a pragmatic approach.
In today’s market-driven design world, engineers and architects are tasked with doing more with less. Project schedules are getting shorter but the primary goals and objectives stay the same. Our clients want smart, solutions-based designs that maximize efficacy and profitability.
Far too often in the early stages of projects, designers are asked to produce layout drawings quickly; skipping several steps of the process. As the project progresses, the layout will inevitably be challenged to meet all the set objectives and criteria. Following the process is the only way to ensure nothing falls through the cracks.
So what’s this complex process? I’m glad you asked! In my opinion it’s not that complex at all. It’s breaking down a complex problem to simple steps to generate a successful layout.
Step 1: Projects Program List
This is a simple list of rooms that needs to be included in the layout. This may or may not include possible approximate sizes.
Step 2: Zoning and Transition Diagram
This is the baseline for regulatory attributes of the layout. It includes room air classifications, air locking scheme, and pressurization ideas. It’s where we begin to understand areas that need containment.
Step 3: Adjacency Diagram
The beginnings of a layout where simple boxes are placed next to each other based on and understanding of the process and flows.
Step 4: Layout Drawings
The culmination of steps 1-3. A drawing showing all rooms with air classifications, doors, and process equipment.
By trusting the process above, we can ensure compliance, efficiency and process integration.