Building Consensus

Successful building projects require the right combination of vision and execution. At DiMella Shaffer, we thoughtfully integrate design, planning, and place to conceptualize and create buildings that balance the client's vision with the community's needs. The process of analysis, design, and approvals that we follow results in an innovative, viable master plan for site development and programming.

Urban planning
Urban planning involves shaping solutions that address the conditions presented by a client and a site to help create a vivid and appropriate sense of place. Our process begins with the study of previous planning efforts and an analysis of the parcel in relation to its environs, so that we can develop a deep understanding of the site's presence, approach, image, and potential for growth. In our design, we consider the weaving of old and new, and of landscape and building, while both maintaining and reinterpreting the existing vocabulary and conventions of the city. We also take specific programmatic issues into consideration, such as pedestrian routes, traffic patterns, usage requirements, and building traditions. This enables us to design developments that contribute to metropolitan life and enhance the built environment.

Campus Planning
A campus master plan is a strategic investment in your institution's future. Your university or college campus setting portrays the institution's relationship to its heritage, mission, constituents, and neighbors. When combined with a viable implementation strategy, a well-conceived master plan demonstrates how you expect those relationships to evolve in light of the institution's strategic goals, academic aspirations, and potential opportunities.

For clients in higher education, DiMella Shaffer's forms multidisciplinary planning teams that leverage our experience in designing buildings for a broad range of purposes - from housing and academics to administrative functions, student life, recreation, and athletics. An interactive and inclusive approach to planning, programming, and design incorporates the perspectives of a broad range of stakeholders, and balances project goals with pragmatic considerations.