Integration

Washington D.C., Alexandria and the Virginia Dulles corridor are home to the national headquarters of many prominent organizations and corporations. Requirements and specialized needs for security and information technologies are common to each facility and require a holistic understanding of their operation to identify the best solutions to an owner’s needs, and to ensure outcomes of any project.

Many organizations will have to continue uninterrupted or modified business operations while projects are executed, and in many situations relocation is not a possibility. Therefore the phasing and critical path of any project must be developed concurrently with the design plan in order to avoid conflicts that can exist throughout project implementation.

Integration is just a fancy word unless there is deliberate action associated with it. Engineering and architectural design firms are not accustomed to such types of integration in their daily business. They design projects, not installations. Typically when these needs are identified they are not given the necessary attention as they are considered ‘the contractor’s role’. All this means is that the designers are not skilled in these areas and cannot anticipate the cost of such activities. The owner’s expectations are high, however many details can be lost in process. Applying cost contingencies is not a strategy for project success.

MFS works directly with the owner and the design team to establish the critical planning, phasing, system selection and performance criteria; and to perform or oversee economic analysis; including owning and operating costs associated with the various design considerations vetted during planning and design charettes.

MFS brings out the best in the performance of designers, architects and contractors; who should be selected for their proficiency in the work needed, not their ability to manage it.