home > library information > library building projects > phases Predesign Phase: The predesign phase includes completing an analysis of the existing library building and review of potential sites. A project needs assessment and building program are completed. The building program includes space and equipment requirements. Community engagement process begins.

Schematic Design Phase: An initial design scheme that defines the general scope and conceptual design of the project is developed. The proposed scheme includes drawings and other documents that show the scale and relationships between building components.

Design Development Phase: Schematic design decisions are worked out in greater detail. A detailed description of all aspects of the design are developed. Architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical aspects are worked out prior to developing construction documents.

Construction Documents Phase: Detailed drawings, specifications and legal documents are finalized prior to the construction of a building project. Drawings are the illustrative section of construction documents, and specifications consist of written requirements that pertain to building materials, equipment, and construction systems.

Construction Phase: Work is underway or the construction schedule has been determined.

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