The focus of the Planning, Programming and Design process at RKH Architecture is to develop a plan that responds to the needs and objectives for the Facility in an economical and sustainable solution. Key themes for this research and decision making process are:

• Comprehensive Understanding of the needs and goals
• Strengthening and enhancement of existing facilities and programs
• Cultural and Community Relevance
• Appropriate Technology
• Flexibility of plan and implementation plan
• Operational Efficiency
• Quality of Design
• Ongoing stakeholder participation and communication

In order to meet these planning and programming goals RKHA establishes a clearly defined approach and process with the client to develop or review the objectives and programmatic requirements of the project. The result is the establishment of strong communication lines with Management, Administration and Stakeholders to make or confirm decisions of space needs, budget and schedule and how these impact or influence image and building efficiency.

RKHA’s experience and ability to coordinate architectural planning and programming when combined with its unique conservation experience provides facility programming that is consistent with the “Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic places in Canada”.

The strength of RKHA’s building science knowledge is brought into the planning and programming process through an analysis of the proposed project, existing systems and services, and code/regulatory compliance. A full understanding of the issues and conditions is necessary for the development of attainable options for development.
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