Brain Food: Inevitable Change

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The Basis of Design, Owners Project Requirements, or Owner Value Definition is never static. Change happens, regularly throughout design and construction projects. Change may be minor with little impact. Change may be major due to either uncontrollable external conditions or team driven internal conditions. Whatever the case, it is still the responsibility of the design team to assess the impact quickly and to deliver a facility that will meet the operational needs and values while protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the end-user. The speed and accuracy of the design team's reaction to inevitable change on a project is a direct consequence of decisions made and accurately recorded to preserve the project history. A slight error in hasty design decisions about building systems can significantly impact the well-being of occupants, users, and the general public. All members of the project must participate and play their role to ensure the owner's goals and user's needs are met. A collaborative relationship between key members - the owner, specifier, estimator, and design team, can positively influence the confidence in decisions and documentation that ultimately protect the occupants and end-users. Together, the project team employs a new approach to improve estimating, specifying, and decision-making for the users' benefits.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how the relationship and process of the specifier and a conceptual estimator working alongside the design team, encourages questions and reveals answers.
  2. Describe Building systems to positively impact the physical and emotional well-being of occupants through design decisions
  3. Identify viable options which will solely promote the improvement of the occupant's health
  4. Confidently and continuously record design decisions that elevate the human experience and will benefit the environment, and constantly analyze systems, assemblies, and products needed to satisfy owner requirements and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the end-users.