Design Process

The process of moving a project from idea to finished product involves many steps and participants. HIP is committed to a work plan standard that is tried and proven. It covers the entire design process and final documents, and informs decisions made at all stages. This process is specific to HIP and has resulted in many repeat clients for the practice.


The first step is sharing and reviewing the client’s program of requirements, budget and expected delivery schedule. By working intimately with the client to analyse and research their business operations, a true needs assessment is determined which documents the road map for the building project.

Concept Design

The exciting stage of preparing concept design options often takes place in a workshop environment with the client and user groups as the focus. Information from these workshops is analysed and results in a preferred concept solution being recommended to the client. Changes are made as requested and the client signs off the concept to move to the next stage of design development.

Design Development

Based on the above approved option, work commences to build up the project’s details on planning, aesthetics, and materiality. The principles of construction systems are laid out so the design flows seamlessly into construction drawings. Input by senior technologists are critical to success. 3D renderings are produced for the client to visualize the spaces both externally and internally.

This phase has regular meetings with the client, design team, and construction manager if one has been selected. Actions are recorded and implemented by the architect to meet the delivery schedule. This stage includes liason with authorities having jurisdiction as well as budget and schedule checks.

At the completion of design development by all design disciplines a formal report is presented to the client for sign off prior to proceeding to construction drawings.

Construction Documents

Construction document preparation involves design staff from the previous stages as well as additional senior technical personel. Regular meetings with all consultants are chaired by HIP’s project manager to assure conformity with the design drawings signed off by the client. Throughout this phase of work all consultants work in an integrated BIM environment which continually provides the team with current information. This results in a well coordinated set of drawings that can be tendered and constructed with minimal site discrepancies.

The construction drawings are forwarded to the client and user groups at 50% and 90% stages for review and approval.

Contract Administration

HIP and their engineering consultants attend regular site meetings chaired by the contractor to resolve any issues and ensure quality control of the work. Final inspections and project commissioning are critical times and HIP has specific techniques to undertake this aspect of the project.
Final review of the project by the client and design team based on the initial terms of reference and program is the ultimate test of value and quality. The entire design process is reviewed to ensure the end results exceed the client’s expectations.