Before employing an architect to design a new campus building, an essential preceding step is the preparation of a pre-design architectural feasibility study. This is a rigorous analysis and documentation of all aspects of the anticipated building. It typically requires the services of architectural and engineering consultants. The purpose is to define:
- The goals of the project;
- Opportunities and constraints of the designated site;
- Key issues influencing the design;
- The sizes and design criteria for every room in the building
- The limits of the project site and the scope of all related site improvements, such as roads, landscaping, and utilities.
- Design criteria for all building systems
- Estimated construction cost
Faculty, staff and students typically participate in these studies in order to assure that their needs and goals are incorporated. The feasibility study serves several key purposes:
- It forms and documents a consensus among the project constituency.
- It supports funding requests to the CSU Chancellor’s Office.
- It guides the architects and engineers who design the project.
Feasibility studies may also address capital improvements needs other than buildings. Facilities Planning staff may also collaborate in planning studies with other administrative units to address, for example, utilities infrastructure and future parking and transportation needs.
Examples of completed feasibility studies may be seen here: