At Cornerstone Design Inc, we start each project
by listening to your facility needs and desires, and by learning how you work
and what you do. Nobody knows your business as well as you do; our expertise
is in translating those needs into physical form, not in telling you what you
should be doing differently.
We take those facility needs (the “program,” in architectural
jargon) and develop them into floor plans and building “elevations”
(straight-on views of the building exterior, showing window and door placements,
wall heights, materials, and so on). Depending on the building, we may also
prepare perspective sketches or study models to help you understand how the
parts of the building fit together and what the building will look like in real
Red Spot Paint & Varnish needed to expand their paint factory in Westland,
MI. They hired Cornerstone Design to design office and lunchroom additions
that embodied the “high tech” image they wanted to convey to
customers for their unique paint lines.
While the floor plan layout is primarily functional in nature,
we know buildings serve other purposes than just your daily operational needs.
Some of those purposes may still be functional, in the sense of conveying an
image to your customers or clients or employees. It may, for instance, be important
to your marketing efforts for your building to convey an image of technological
savvy, environmental consciousness, or classical conservatism.
Buildings can also serve loftier goals than marketing: to enhance
the work experience and thereby productivity, to encourage and facilitate communication,
even to inspire. As one example, buildings with abundant natural light have
been shown to increase learning, productivity, and even retail sales. Whatever
your goals, whatever your reasons for having them, we try to translate them
into a design which is also affordable and constructible.
Our designs also look to context, as well as to your own tastes,
to determine the look and feel of the building. While we have our own tastes,
we prefer to design what we believe is appropriate for the situation. In some
cases that may mean fitting in with an existing building or neighborhood; in
others, it may mean standing out and establishing an independent presence.
Once the schematic design is complete and acceptable to you, we
would proceed to develop that design with successive layers of detail, until
there is sufficient information for a contractor to bid and build from. We try
not to over-detail items that are standardized, but we spend a lot of time trying
to fill gaps in the plans to avoid questions and confusion.
During bidding and construction, our goal is to work collaboratively
with the contractors to ensure a smooth process and a good end result. We are
always, however, watching to ensure that the contractors are complying with
the plans and specifications, and performing the work appropriately. Finally,
we plan to be here long after you have moved in. If you have questions about
how your building operates, what maintenance is needed, or even how to expand
it, feel free to call!