When beginning the programming of a facility project, MDG knows it's essential to work closely not only with the facility owner, but also with the primary users who will work in the facility on a regular basis. As these users will often "live" in a facility for 20 years or longer, having active client and user participation in the actual design is essential. Through the On-site Charrette Session, the facility staff and users "buy-in" to the design process, as part of the production is actually theirs.
In this participatory, intensive week-long session, the Design Team gathers together at a client's location. The on-site begins with a discussion on goals and objectives for the facility, leading to the brainstorming of facility concepts. These concepts are displayed for viewing and discussion. In subsequent sessions, choices are narrowed and developed further. Concepts may include alternative operational concepts, work flow plans, alternative site master plans, and/or alternative floor plans and design.
Using this interactive process, clients and users are able to express their facility desires and help design a facility that truly meets their needs. By having their voices truly heard during the process, excitement for the new facility is generated among the entire staff.
Using MDG's On-site Charette process, brainstorming, discussion, and collaboration allows users and the Design Team to create a functional, comfortable, and quality new facility!