Feasibility studies are typically focused on exploring alternate strategies for achieving organizational goals and objectives and assessing the relative costs and benefits to derive an optimal approach. Cornerstone assists by clarifying priorities, projecting potential future service demand, estimating resource requirements, and assessing the potential for mobilizing the necessary resources.
We consider it very important to engage management and key stakeholders in the process so that all participants benefit from the insights gained during analysis and can contribute to a common understanding of the choices available and their relative merits. This consultative approach also enhances the likelihood that desirable changes will in fact be implemented.
Functional Facility Program documents represent the culmination of a strategic planning process that focuses on the facility implications of anticipated changes in future services demand and delivery. The main purpose of the document is to convey to architects the spatial and functional requirements for future facilities so that the final design will effectively support the intended functions and activities and adapt to change over time.
Our program documents use a combination of quantitative tables, relationship diagrams, and concise text that has proven highly effective and has been endorsed by architects in two separate surveys. Our facility planning process emphasizes consultation with user groups, application of LEAN analysis when applicable, and early stage capital cost estimating so that planning assumptions can be adjusted in a timely manner to meet specific cost and/or scheduling targets if needed.
Cornerstone is a pioneer in facilities planning, having been continuously active in the field since 1973. We are acknowledged experts in educational, cultural, health, research, and administrative facilities.
Development plans are often prepared as an integral part of a facility planning process but can also be undertaken as part of feasibility studies and business plans. Although development plans usually deal with buildings, they can also incorporate plans for developing new services, procedures, and operations. In addition to defining gaps between existing and required, the process typically involves SWOT analysis and environmental scans.
Depending on the circumstances the iterative evaluation of the relative merits of alternate development options may be limited to a small group of senior decision makers or might involve broad consultation within the organization and/or with community stakeholders.
Cornerstone’s consultation and communications expertise is particularly useful in such contexts. If specialists from other fields such as engineering, real estate, or computing systems are required we augment our project teams with reliable services drawn from our well-established and long-standing network of sub consultants.