Employing architects and engineers with expertise specific to each project and geographic location.
The first stage in the design process creates a list of goals, equipment, and strategies to be integrated into the design. The list would include details on:
HOURS OF OPERATION
PACKAGING & MARKETS
Illustrating the intent of the Design Program graphically by tracing the production steps and adding ancillary supports such as...
EQUIPMENT & TOOL WASHING
Developing a floor plan where rooms and circulation spaces are mapped out, recognizing the interrelationships
identified in the Project Flow Diagram
This concept is a line diagram, drawn to scale, allowing spaces for production, storage, personnel facilities, offices, maintenance, mechanical, electrical, loading dock, and other support spaces.
Validating food safety and production standards, in the Preliminary Design Concept. The Process Flow Diagram is a critical step in ensuring cross-contamination is avoided by adding coloured flow lines with directional arrows from all major traffic activities.
PRELIMINARY BUDGET EST.
Following discussions of the work to date and incorporating plan refinements, dimensions, equipment layouts, selections of major building types and systems, and site development.
Advancing from the Final Design Plan with engineering on building envelopes, code compliance, structure, HVAC,
plumbing, refrigeration systems, and equipment services.
Sitework is advanced to include grading and services.
FOODCON CAN ALSO ASSIST IN SITE SELECTION TO:
Verify, or assist in amending, the local land use zoning
Determination of adequate servicing availability (water, sewer, hydro, gas)
Determine site plan control requirements
Make anonymous enquires on land or existing building availability
"When I do hygienic design seminars, I hand out erasers to the attendees. I explain to them the that mistakes picked up and corrected at the design stage can be fixed with this 75 cent eraser. Mistakes that make it to construction are fixed with jackhammers and saws.
— FOODCON FOUNDER, DONALD T. PLUMSTEAD
DEPTH & EXPERTISE IN WHAT MATTERS
Foodcon's extensive construction experience provides an unparalleled depth in understanding the importance of providing clear, well detailed and concise drawings geared to the on-site persons using the drawings.
AVOID SCOPE CREEP BY TRADES
AVOID "ON-THE-FLY" CALCULATIONS
AVOID CONSTRUCTION ERRORS
IMPROVED SCHEDULE COMPLIANCE
AVOID CONFLICTS BETWEEN TRADES AND STRUCTURE
IMPROVED CO-ORDINATION AMONGST TRADES