Project Approach

Full-Service Enhances Quality

We offer full-service design in all aspects of architectural design, including building design, master planning, feasibility studies, facilities management, interior design, and construction administration. Our in-house engineering services include mechanical, electrical, plumbing, civil, structural, and fire protection design. This full-service, in-house capability increases our ability to respond to our client’s schedule and service needs while allowing us to increase quality control.

Site Analysis

Making the right choice when it comes to land development is vital to the success of a project. We analyze the opportunities and constraints of each site and then prepare a weighted matrix chart which will objectively categorize areas of concern giving our clients sound data from which to make informed decisions.

Weighted Matrix Analysis

This process takes all of the relevant issues and assigns weights to them based upon their relative importance to the client. Among the areas most often considered in each category are shown below.

Transportation

Areas considered are vehicular access (current and projected traffic counts, curb cuts, medians, etc.), service access, rail access (industrial projects), airport proximity (and noise abatement), safety (traffic signals, turn lanes, pedestrian crossings, bike paths, etc.), vehicular noise (school, residential, and office projects), and parking. In large, complex projects we retain experts in traffic and/or parking to assist in evaluations and recommendations for development.

Utilities

The civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers work with us to obtain necessary information from utility companies, the owner's surveyor, and public utilities regarding electric power (overhead and underground), telephone, natural gas, cogeneration (for industrial, companies and municipal projects), domestic water, waste water, (city, gravity access, pumping stations, septic tanks and fields, package treatment), storm water capacity and accessibility, rock on site and its impact on utility burial, easements, etc.

Soils and Environmental Concerns

The civil and structural engineers work with us to obtain necessary information from the owner's subsurface exploration (borings, test pits, etc.) and geotechnical engineers regarding types and amount of soils, rock and subsurface water as they affect excavation time and cost, structural bearing capacity (normal spread footings and slab, piles, caissons, floating slabs, retaining walls, etc.), dewatering, plant material, and septic field support, etc., and also to investigate for environmental pollution to the site from buried hazardous materials or potential historical artifacts or burial sites.

Topography

We work closely with the civil engineer and landscape architect to obtain necessary information from public records, environmental authorities, and the owner's surveyor to analyze excavation cut and fills requirements, wetlands and flood plain/district classification, sedimentation and erosion control, and grades for vehicular access, surface and subsurface drainage, etc

Vegetation

Together with local planning officials and our landscape architect and arborist, we gather information on size, type and quantity of existing vegetation on site, tree salvage and relocation potential, and ordinances requiring new tree, hedge, or buffer planting.

Views

Particularly in commercial, residential, retail and office, as well as many corporate and public projects, views to and from the site are key factors in desirability of the site. Photographic and computer image studies are helpful in determining the best existing and potential views.

Shared Use

We consult with planning officials and neighboring land owners to determine long-range plans and potential for shared parking, utilities, access, screening and fence development, grading (excess fill brought from or to a neighboring site), complementary functions (school and park/recreation facility, office and retail, etc.) and other shared facilities.

Public Issues

The success of many projects often depends upon public support from many stakeholders ranging from funding entities, neighborhood or community groups, understanding and support (need, image, compatibility), elected officials (city, province, planning commissions, legislative delegations, etc.), appointed officials (local, state, and national), and the neutralization of opposition. We work closely with all of these entities and will recommend to our clients planning, public relations, marketing, and political consultants to join the project team when the situation warrants.

Commitment to Continuity

Navia Design is a service-oriented design firm. We assure our clients of principal involvement and commitment on every project. Every member of our staff undergoes training in communication, team building, and conflict resolution skills. We have a very low employee turnover rate, assuring our clients of continuity throughout the life of a project.