During the planning and design phase, you will for the first time turn the bulk of the work over to a team of people outside your organization, including:
- Project Managers
- Specialty Consultants (theatre, interpretive planning, acoustical, etc.)
- Cost Consultants
- Contractors (among others!)
All will bring their professional expertise to bear on the project you have established, and your job will become centered on adept decision-making, and the management of both your design team and of those within your organization.
Selecting the team of people that will help you realize your facilities vision is a complex undertaking that can seem daunting to arts organizations. You will likely have your team under contract for many years, you will pay them a lot of money, and you will trust them with decisions that will affect your organization for decades to come.
However, the process can proceed in a straightforward way for groups that are organized and have built consensus around their project before engaging a design team.
Owners beginning a design process should have an understanding of:
- the cast ofcharacters involved
- how to find them (RFPs and selection)
- how design team agreements work (contracts)
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