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Step 1


Landworks Studio prefers to begin every relationship and project, regardless of scope, with a face to face meeting.  This is the best opportunity for us to listen to your needs and understand the goals for your project.  Often times, we are able to visit the site, look through existing plans or see  photographs of your desired vision.  In turn, we may offer you suggestions for outlining the process or next steps, provide ideas on schedule and sometimes even offer you estimates for an overall cost for construction.  The meeting always ends in a firm handshake with a commitment to you to give you our best.  This service is offered free to you to assist with getting the ball rolling.

Common Tasks

  • ​Identification of Project Goals
  • Establish points of contact
  • Identification of necessary sub consultants
  • Definition of submittal requirements
  • Development of Project Scope

Typical Deliverables

  • ​Workplan outlining phases, tasks, meetings, deliverables and associated costs
  • Signed contract
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Step 2


Before we can play, our team has to do our homework!  In the pre-design phase, we begin with data collection to learn any prior project or land history, we research city codes, necessary permitting  and any other regulations.  In this phase, a thorough site analysis is completed.  We take photos of the existing site, determine any site constraints and identify opportunities. In addition, we will work with you to understand the programming needs to establish and develop the guiding principles for the project.  These principles will be used throughout the process to ensure the project, when complete meets or exceeds the original goals and objectives.

Common Tasks

  • Data Collection
  • Project History/Background Research
  • Base Map Development
  • Code and Permitting Research
  • Site Analysis
  • SWOT Matrix
  • Development of Guiding Principles
  • Establishment of Project Budget
  • Development of a Public Involvement Plan 

Typical Deliverables

  • ​Site Analysis Plan and Summary
  • Photo Inventory
  • SWOT Matrix
  • Guiding Principles
  • Public Involvement Plan
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Step 3

Conceptual Design

Now is the time when the creative juices flow.  Armed with information and project goals, we work closely with the team (which includes you) to explore concepts, ideas, solutions utilizing any available resources.  This phase usually involves trace paper and some form of colored pens, markers and pencils.  You will no doubt see more than one concept, and often times three, very different solutions in this phase.

Our approach usually includes one of the following approaches:

  1. The development of concepts through a visual preferences exercise.  This can include as small or as large a group as desired to achieve proper buy-in and solid design direction.  We prefer to facilitate this in person but we can also develop online tools to accomplish similar outcomes.
  2. By hosting a design charrette, all stakeholders can become involved to share ideas and see how those ideas play out on the plans.  Anyone is able to grab a marker or pen and assist to any desired degree.  Presentations are then made on each team’s concept and the dialogue that follows is documented and used to move to the next phases of design.

Common Tasks

  • Design Team/Owner Charrettes
  • Development of Concepts
  • Design Narrative
  • Survey

Typical Deliverables

  • Summary of Meeting Minutes
  • Open House Presentation
  • Hand Drawn Plan Views
  • Plan renderings
  • Cross-sections
  • Survey of Existing Conditions
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Step 4

Design Development

Design development phase begins evaluating the conceptual designs to find that perfect solution. Sometimes you just know it when you see it, but more often than not we blend ideas from each concept into the right fit.  By the end of this phase, we will request a “design freeze” and begin developing construction documents for the selected design.  Construction cost estimates are key in this phase to make sure we are on track!

Common Tasks

  • Refinement of conceptual design into one complete concept
  • Development of construction cost estimates
  • Selection of materials, colors, patterns
  • Development of preferred construction methods
  • Resolution of utility conflicts

Typical Deliverables

  • CAD Plans
  • Consultation meetings
  • Quantity calculations
  • Cost Estimates
  • 3D Modeling
  • Fly-through videos
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Step 5

Construction Documentation

Construction documentation is completed to provide a communication tool between the design team and those involved in the construction of the project.  These plans are a more detailed and focused version of the design development plans.  Construction documents require clarity, specificity and completeness to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the intended users of the project.  In addition, a clean set of construction documents ensures fewer change orders and reduced risk of contractor errors.  The size of project determines the number of submittals that we recommend during the construction document phase.  For example, we have completed 30%, 50%, 70%, 90% and 100% for larger projects but many times this can be broken into 2 submittals – preliminary and final plans. Specifications, final details and final cost estimates are key parts of this phase.

Common Tasks

  • Demolition Plans
  • Grading Plans
  • Layout and Dimensioning Plans
  • Final Detailing
  • Specifications
  • Verification of Quantities
  • REfinement of Cost Estimates
  • Development of Bid Tabs

Typical Deliverables

  • CAD Plans
  • Specifications
  • Cost Estimates
  • Bid Tabs
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Step 6

Construction Administration

This can involve a few tasks relevant to getting a project under construction.  Our involvement in this phase varies depending on your desires, interests and abilities.  We can assist with Bidding the project and distributing plans to contractors.  We can assist you in selecting the lowest, responsive bidder, attend Pre-Construction Conferences and Review Pay Applications.  Most often, we make site visits during critical construction times, develop a Punch List and complete a Final Walk-Through.  Many cities require Certifications upon construction completion.  This is also important to begin the Warranty periods for construction materials and any live plant materials.

Common Tasks

  • Review of bids
  • Recommendation of contractor
  • Pre-Construction conference
  • Site visits
  • Pay application reviews
  • Punch List
  • Final Walk-Through
  • Certifications

Typical Deliverables

  • Bidding
  • Contractor Selection
  • Pre-Construction Conference
  • Pay Application Review
  • Punch List
  • Final Walk-Through