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Design & Planning

As you begin working with a PTS engineer it’s helpful to know where you are in the process and where it will take you. Our engineer will orient you during each phase, and work with you to get the most value from each stage of the process. It’s a time- tested method for establishing a close working relationship between you and PTS, and producing the very best results

Our implemented design process consists of five phases:


This first phase includes all of the discussions and exploration that lead to the moment when you realize you need to build something new. The phase ends with your decision to move forward with a project.


Here you define the project - its scope, features, purpose, and functionality. This is the time to establish an owner-PTS agreement. Together with our engineers, you develop and refine a «vision» for the project. Our discussions leads you through a «programming» exercise to help you explore the needs of those who will live, work or play in the space you create. You will identify the services you need from us, and the design team will begin to form a cohesive relationship and a shared concept for the final project.


Once the requirements of the project are determined, the design phase begins. Our design team gives shape to your vision through drawings and written specifications. Your input into this phase is vital, as you get the first is important to establish a clear decision-making process with our designated Project Manager during this phase. The design phase ends when you agree to the plans that will guide construction.


Investments are made in materials, and timetables are extremely important. Good communication within the project team is critical, as the need for changes often arises. This is typically the time of highest stress for the project owner. Our team will discuss changes and options with you, and ensure that alterations are compatible with your vision for the project.


This phase beings the day the project is up and running and never really ends. It›s where your satisfaction with the project is determined. Our Project Manager can help ensure that the terms of your building contract were met, and can use the experience of this project to inform future work.

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