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Approach

Philosophy

 

Our philosophy is to provide high quality professional and customized design services that respond to our client’s needs.

This concept requires a careful balance between:

 

The Art of Architecture
... how it looks and feels.

The Technology of Construction
… how it’s built and how well it lasts.

The Business of Building
… how much it costs and how well it operates over time.

 

We believe one should never be sacrificed for the other.

 

Methodology

 

Our methodology focuses on accomplishing project’s.

This methodology is comprised of:

 

  1. No “style” or “stamp” that leads to more honest building solutions.
  2. A strategy of identifying potential problems early to minimize their impact and consequences.
  3. Partner direct involvement in projects on a day-to-day basis.
  4. Construction phase involvement beyond the industry standard general overview.
  5. Heavy reliance on senior professionals with years of experience.
  6. Internal-Peer Review – Formalized quality reviews of project documents by senior professionals who are not otherwise on the design team.

 

Sustainability

MISSION STATEMENT

 

QPK is committed to the balance of human, environmental, and economic factors in our work and in our business practices. Our methods:

 

Help establish fiscally responsible, sustainable objectives for our clients.

 

Assist our clients in understanding the impact of building construction on the environment, so they can make informed decisions in the development of their projects.

 

Follow a multi-disciplinary integrated design process throughout the project.

 

Design comfortable, humane, healthy and functional environments.

 

Pursue energy reduction strategies through the integrated design process.

 

Promote energy conservation and responsible resource management in our business operations.

 

Educate staff on sustainability in design and our operational objectives.

 

QPK’S Culture of Responsible Design

 

Sustainability design principles were part of QPK’s professional practice long before recent trends toward green initiatives. In 1992, we designed our own offices with the same sustainable objectives now embraced by the LEED guidelines:

 

Downtown location, with direct access to public transportation.

Building re-use: renovation of a 1911 furniture store warehouse.

Open-plan office maximizes daylight and exterior views for each workstation.

 

Energy efficient indirect illumination, supplemented by individually controlled task lighting and occupancy sensors to maximize energy savings.

 

Building energy management system to control and reduce lighting, heat and air-conditioning in un-occupied off-hours.

 

Use of an original elevator shaft to bring natural light into the core of the office.

 

Exposed concrete floor slab for low maintenance and reduction of new materials.

 

Roof-top terrace provides staff with secure access to the outdoor environment.

 

Underground parking, carved out of the existing basement, reduced the amount of surface parking.

 

Ongoing Sustainable Initiatives:

 

Establishing an in-house sustainable design committee to pursue office initiatives and educate staff on climate change issues.

 

Actively recycling:

 

- Innovative point-of-use recycling separation at each work space.

- Centralized recycling for metal containers, plastics, paper, printer cartridges.

- Donation of used product samples or usable cast-off materials.

 

Encouraging alternate transportation systems for staff:

- Providing pre-tax passes for staff use of public transportation with Centro

- Indoor bike storage racks.

- Reduce transportation and fuel usage through video- or tele- conferencing.

- Reducing printing ink and paper usage:

- Transitioning to electronic records management, filing, and archiving.

- Investing in scanning printer for duplicating and distribution of print material.

- Electronic file sharing for clients, consultants and printers.

- Encouraging sustainable printing practices within the office (reduce printing, networked access to double-sided printer)

 

Green purchasing:

- Pursuing supplies with recycled content.

- Using green cleaning supplies.

- Supporting local businesses.

 

Project Team

 

Our studio office structure means that the same professionals will work with you from beginning to end, rendering continuity and consistency of leadership. Although QPK is considered a “large firm” by industry standard, our studio project teams provide small office focus and services to our clients. We are proud of our ability to rely heavily on senior professionals with years of experience to design and produce your projects in a studio environment, with partners providing direct day-to-day involvement.

 

Quality Review

 

QPK maintains “best practice” quality review systems to produce buildings with excellent design and performance characteristics. These systems include:

 

Rationale Based Design

 

The success of any planning or building process depends on the designer’s intimate understanding of the client’s goals and end use, context, budget, time constraints and construction implications. Listening, programming and balancing the implications of the above are inherent to founding designs with a clear rational basis. Separate these and the outcomes will be diminished. QPK does not have a singular design style. Each building design is uniquely based on our client needs.

 

Construction Documents Process & Gateway Reviews

 

QPK has evolved a formalized, manual based production process providing a firm-wide platform for practice. The review process supports the project team and culminates in a phase-by-phase Gateway Review. The Gateway Review is performed as a pre-requisite to the advancement of each project to its next phase. Partners and senior staff (not directly associated with your project’s team) perform Gateway Reviews as a third party peer review with the project’s production team. Aspects of review include: design, systems coordination, constructability, budget, value engineering, longevity, maintenance and overall project management.

 

Contract Administration Process

 

The QPK Contract Administration process has been studied and committed to a manual of practice covering a broad range of service levels and project delivery systems.

 

Continuous Practice Improvement

 

Senior Staff: QPK has very low staff turnover, our average employee tenure is 12 years. We rely heavily on the continuity of our experienced senior staff and their continuing professional education.

 

Forensic Analysis and Expert Witness Services: Analyzing why buildings fail improves our experience and our construction education.

 

Professional Liability: QPK Design has been assigned the “highest quality rating” by CAN Insurance (largest national A/E insurer).

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Approach

 

Philosophy

 

Our philosophy is to provide high quality professional and customized design services that respond to our client’s needs.

This concept requires a careful balance between:

 

The Art of Architecture
... how it looks and feels.

The Technology of Construction
… how it’s built and how well it lasts.

The Business of Building
… how much it costs and how well it operates over time.

 

We believe one should never be sacrificed for the other.

 

Methodology

 

Our methodology focuses on accomplishing project’s.

This methodology is comprised of:

 

  1. No “style” or “stamp” that leads to more honest building solutions.
  2. A strategy of identifying potential problems early to minimize their impact and consequences.
  3. Partner direct involvement in projects on a day-to-day basis.
  4. Construction phase involvement beyond the industry standard general overview.
  5. Heavy reliance on senior professionals with years of experience.
  6. Internal-Peer Review – Formalized quality reviews of project documents by senior professionals who are not otherwise on the design team.

 

Sustainability

MISSION STATEMENT

 

QPK is committed to the balance of human, environmental, and economic factors in our work and in our business practices. Our methods:

 

Help establish fiscally responsible, sustainable objectives for our clients.

 

Assist our clients in understanding the impact of building construction on the environment, so they can make informed decisions in the development of their projects.

 

Follow a multi-disciplinary integrated design process throughout the project.

 

Design comfortable, humane, healthy and functional environments.

 

Pursue energy reduction strategies through the integrated design process.

 

Promote energy conservation and responsible resource management in our business operations.

 

Educate staff on sustainability in design and our operational objectives.

 

QPK’S Culture of Responsible Design

 

Sustainability design principles were part of QPK’s professional practice long before recent trends toward green initiatives. In 1992, we designed our own offices with the same sustainable objectives now embraced by the LEED guidelines:

 

Downtown location, with direct access to public transportation.

Building re-use: renovation of a 1911 furniture store warehouse.

Open-plan office maximizes daylight and exterior views for each workstation.

 

Energy efficient indirect illumination, supplemented by individually controlled task lighting and occupancy sensors to maximize energy savings.

 

Building energy management system to control and reduce lighting, heat and air-conditioning in un-occupied off-hours.

 

Use of an original elevator shaft to bring natural light into the core of the office.

 

Exposed concrete floor slab for low maintenance and reduction of new materials.

 

Roof-top terrace provides staff with secure access to the outdoor environment.

 

Underground parking, carved out of the existing basement, reduced the amount of surface parking.

 

Ongoing Sustainable Initiatives:

 

Establishing an in-house sustainable design committee to pursue office initiatives and educate staff on climate change issues.

 

Actively recycling:

 

- Innovative point-of-use recycling separation at each work space.

- Centralized recycling for metal containers, plastics, paper, printer cartridges.

- Donation of used product samples or usable cast-off materials.

 

Encouraging alternate transportation systems for staff:

- Providing pre-tax passes for staff use of public transportation with Centro

- Indoor bike storage racks.

- Reduce transportation and fuel usage through video- or tele- conferencing.

- Reducing printing ink and paper usage:

- Transitioning to electronic records management, filing, and archiving.

- Investing in scanning printer for duplicating and distribution of print material.

- Electronic file sharing for clients, consultants and printers.

- Encouraging sustainable printing practices within the office (reduce printing, networked access to double-sided printer)

 

Green purchasing:

- Pursuing supplies with recycled content.

- Using green cleaning supplies.

- Supporting local businesses.

 

Project Team

 

Our studio office structure means that the same professionals will work with you from beginning to end, rendering continuity and consistency of leadership. Although QPK is considered a “large firm” by industry standard, our studio project teams provide small office focus and services to our clients. We are proud of our ability to rely heavily on senior professionals with years of experience to design and produce your projects in a studio environment, with partners providing direct day-to-day involvement.

 

Quality Review

 

QPK maintains “best practice” quality review systems to produce buildings with excellent design and performance characteristics. These systems include:

 

Rationale Based Design

 

The success of any planning or building process depends on the designer’s intimate understanding of the client’s goals and end use, context, budget, time constraints and construction implications. Listening, programming and balancing the implications of the above are inherent to founding designs with a clear rational basis. Separate these and the outcomes will be diminished. QPK does not have a singular design style. Each building design is uniquely based on our client needs.

 

Construction Documents Process & Gateway Reviews

 

QPK has evolved a formalized, manual based production process providing a firm-wide platform for practice. The review process supports the project team and culminates in a phase-by-phase Gateway Review. The Gateway Review is performed as a pre-requisite to the advancement of each project to its next phase. Partners and senior staff (not directly associated with your project’s team) perform Gateway Reviews as a third party peer review with the project’s production team. Aspects of review include: design, systems coordination, constructability, budget, value engineering, longevity, maintenance and overall project management.

 

Contract Administration Process

 

The QPK Contract Administration process has been studied and committed to a manual of practice covering a broad range of service levels and project delivery systems.

 

Continuous Practice Improvement

 

Senior Staff: QPK has very low staff turnover, our average employee tenure is 12 years. We rely heavily on the continuity of our experienced senior staff and their continuing professional education.

 

Forensic Analysis and Expert Witness Services: Analyzing why buildings fail improves our experience and our construction education.

 

Professional Liability: QPK Design has been assigned the “highest quality rating” by CAN Insurance (largest national A/E insurer).