A Strategic Facility Plan is an analysis of a business' spatial requirements over a defined period. This commences with a detailed survey of the existing facilities, where the data makes up the 'Baseline' for any future projections. This is followed by a series of interviews across the business to gather detailed information on the businesses structure, processes and future plans.
The database allows analysis against a building and floors within that building. The data collected in these interviews is then consolidated and passed up the organisation for review and sign-off. This is referred to as the Spatial Demand Model and forms the basis of a Strategic Facility Plan. The information is collected in a relational SQL database program SpaceWorx has developed for the purpose.
Once the Spatial Demand Model is built, the focus switches to how best to house the business. This phase can be tested within the existing premises, against another existing building or a new building to be constructed. The model allows for rapid testing of multiple scenarios speedily and cost-effectively.
As an Architectural practice, SpaceWorx has prepared architectural briefs for major developments. These projects are complex and always start with the analysis of the existing facility, interviews with the Business Units and compiling a database of necessities – these are translated into spatial requirements and operational facilities to create a Spatial Demand Model of the business projected into the future.
From this data, an Architectural Brief for the new facility is prepared. This involves expanding the data to include support service elements, which the business needs to operate from within the building such as receptions, parking, mail and waste services. These critical services are often overlooked and can inhibit a business in its operations.
The client can use the mature Strategic Facility Plan for cost projections to support the business case. Architectural briefs allow clients to select a professional team from early concept design for the design and construction of their facilities, with a high degree of confidence that the project's objectives and goals will be met. For these projects, SpaceWorx acts as an agent of the client and not as the Architect, as part of the project team.
Full Architectural Services
As architects, SpaceWorx has completed multiple commercial and industrial architectural projects. SpaceWorx used CAD with a unique layering system that allows the creation of multi-disciplinary files for easy management on-site and afterwards for the management of the facility.
Industrial and Corporate Refurbishments
Due to SpaceWorx' support for businesses, the majority of our architectural commissions have been for existing buildings to be re-planned, upgraded or total refurbishments. Old buildings can be a valuable asset if they were well constructed.
Our involvement in heritage work, alterations and additions have given us the skillset to work in this space and to convert a heritage building into an up-to-date asset for its owner.
Space Planning Services
We do Space Planning and fit-out services and endeavour to use component-based items for high churn environments. These systems reduce the cost of change which results in considerable savings for the client over the lifetime of a building.
The understanding of how services such as power and networks are presented to each workstation and how they are most easily changed for new layouts is critical in saving the client costs throughout occupation.
Good Space Planning is not simply the placing of desks on a floor plan but has roots in the analysis of the business, it's a way of working and the overall objectives of executive management.
Factors such as wellness, acoustic comfort and having a variety of work settings can contribute to the bottom line.
Each business has its own culture and ethos and the correct solution might not be suitable for another client. Understanding these differences is what SpaceWorx does well.
Facilities Management Support Services
Every facility requires care and attention to remain an asset for the owners and occupants. Long term management of a facility requires that there is a pool of data that exists to direct and support the maintenance and management of a facility. While large complex facilities need a Computer-Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) system many others can be managed successfully without a CAFM System
SpaceWorx supports these processes by collecting Building Information in CAD-based files that can be exported into a CAFM system should this be necessary, ‘Brownfields BIM’ is an approach where there was never a BIM model from the construction phase. This process involves collecting all available technical information on a facility, scanning and cataloguing the information in a database so that the document can be accessed from any web browser with a few clicks.
Updated CAD plans are added to the database to keep abreast of the changes in the floor layout. Here the building areas and spaces are measured, and space objects created in CAD that carry additional information on Number, Name, Floor, Building, Occupant, Classification, Function and a Description. This information is tied to the Space Object and can be exported to a spreadsheet or database for further analysis such as chargeback and detailed spatial analysis. All documents are saved in pdf format so that no special software is required except for the browser. The program is written in open-source software, so no license fees are due, and changes and updates are easy to carry out.
The value of the system is in the collected data and being able to access this easily. All the collected data is then available to be imported into any future CAFM system.
Green Building Support
Green Building practice is particularly important when it comes to refurbishment projects, as the opportunity to make a significant difference to an old building comes with each cycle of renewal.
This comes with the opportunity to upgrade the exterior envelope to higher performance and better environmental control and daylighting.
Internally, these buildings require the replacement of services that have reached their end of life with the latest, more efficient technologies to provide air conditioning, networking and lighting for the occupants.
A project should not only get assessed in terms of direct cost, but the evaluation should include aspects such as wellness and productivity. This is where the aspects utilized in the Green Building Council's Green Star SA evaluation play a role with Indoor Environmental Quality, Materials, and Emissions that benefit the occupants. The Water and Energy categories allow an owner or occupant of an office to measure their consumption and understand the cost-saving advantages to upgrade existing services to modern efficient technologies.