The façade is one of the most important factors in shaping the overall aesthetics and performance of a building. At the same time, architects are under pressure to design building envelopes as quickly and inexpensively as possible. This is particularly true within the design-build delivery format. But it also applies to the traditional design-bid-build process, where innovative façade concepts can easily fall victim to value engineering.
How can architects ensure that a building envelope lives up to the aesthetic vision of the project while being cost-effective, high-performing and quick to design, iterate and install? Understanding the following concepts can go a long way toward reaching a solution that works for everyone.
• Active client and team communication
• Early façade analysis and modeling
• Choosing a delivery approach
• Selecting the best wall system
• Finding cost savings
• Discuss best practices for communicating and delivering façade designs to clients and partners
• Summarize the different types of building skins and how they relate to costs
• Understand the difference between design-build and design-assist delivery
• List the performance and analysis measures required for façades
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Frey, AIA, LEED BD+C, DBIA, NCARB, is the Technical Principal in HOK’s West Coast practice and a member of the firm’s Technical Board and Exterior Wall Knowledge group. He is an expert in the design of high-performance building façades and innovative delivery methods. Frey has designed complex skins for buildings around the world.