Our passion is to engage in integrated community problem-solving through projects that consider beauty, respect, sustainability, durability, productivity and economy. Each project is unique, specific to its own set of partners, available resources, environmental aspects, goals, and desired outcomes. Some of our projects choose to address sustainable development and construction best practices by pursuing LEED certification (‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’).
Below is a list of steps that may apply to our project with you:
1) Project definition
We’ll meet with your team, review your site, and help you to delineate a plan for proceeding with your project. This can include defining goals, setting priorities, identifying potential stakeholders, considering LEED certification, and setting a preliminary timeline.
POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES: project description, proposal for services, project timeline
2) Project research
This step includes researching the history of the site and the adjoining neighborhood. We may gather soil data through various types of tests, measure and inventory the actual site, research previous LEED case studies, and investigate specific green technologies or strategies. Depending on the type and scope of project, this step can also include interviewing residents and potential project end-users. Visioning sessions with key stakeholders and participation in LEED charrettes can also occur during this phase of the process.
POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES: soil sampling and soil use report, site inventory, report on green technologies or strategies, evaluation of previous LEED case studies, resident interviews and interview report, visioning session and report
3) Design development
We’ll prepare a plan view design of the site at an appropriate scale and will present it to your team for evaluation. Designs often address specific LEED green strategies, including managing stormwater, heat island effect, and long-term energy usage. Your design will include identification of recommended plants and other materials. This phase may also include developing design sections, elevations, and perspective sketches.
POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES: plan view design, design sections, elevations, and perspectives; identification of site-specific LEED green strategies
4) Implementation plan
Integrity will prepare a budget for installing the project and an associated timeline. The project budget will delineate existing funds and resources, and will also identify potential grants and other funding that could further support the project. Also included will be identification of key project partners, including architects, engineers, general and sub-contractors, project-specific specialists, and professional expertise required for LEED certification.
POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES: project budget, project timeline, identification of key project partners
5) Installation and project management
Integrity will provide comprehensive project management services, including oversight of the project schedule, interim site visits, ongoing job meetings with key project partners, review of payments, review of punch-lists, and coordination of final project turnover to client. This may also include management of documentation required for LEED project certification.
POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES: invoice summaries, punch-list review reports, payment reviews, LEED project certification documentation.
6) Maintenance and sustainability plan
Our team will prepare a plan to ensure that all spaces can be maintained using sustainable best practices.
POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES: maintenance and sustainability plan
Integrity can also provide planning for project-specific services, including project monitoring, project assessment, curriculum resources, employment/job training opportunities, etc.
POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES: report on project-specific services