Chapter 5

Integrating Architectural Character

With the Facility Management Process

“The championing of ideas to bring together the visual, economic, and political

resources in the building process is an index of our culture, a major factor in our

quality of life, and is the heart of our concept of civilization.”

—William Speer



To sustain a quality design image, we must

identify a design theme, convey this theme to

future managers, and maintain the theme over

the lifetime of a facility or development complex.

This means that everyone involved in the

management of the facility or complex

throughout its life must understand and support

the architectural character theme.


Architectural character and sustainability are a

component of all phases of facility management,


• Conception.

• Planning.

• Design.

• Construction.

• Maintenance.

• Reconstruction to meet updated needs.


Figure 5.1 displays the process for integrating

architectural character and sustainability into

the facility management process. The process

begins with consideration of the national

character guidelines described in part 1 of

chapter 4. Next we consider architectural

character guidelines for each province, as

described in part 2 of chapter 4.


As a project evolves, the architectural character

becomes more detailed and specific to the

individual national forest, grassland, or special

designated area. Ultimately, it becomes tailored

to the exact site and program.


Figure 5.1 Architectural character input in the facility management process

Facility Management Step

1. Concept Planning

• Forest management plan

• Watershed analysis

• Facilities master planning


General/province architectural character guidelines statements

• From BEIG, chapter 4, part 1

(Corresponds to Facility Management Step #1)


2. Project Initiation

• Needs analysis

• Market analysis

• Concept/vision


General/province architectural character guidelines and

vision from BEIG, chapter 4, part 1. General

sustainability, architectural character guidelines

and vision. (Corresponds to Facility Management Step #2)



3. Project Planning


• Scoping

• Alternatives

• Public involvement

• Decision/plan

• Documentation

• Budget/costs


General architectural character concept and sustainability


• Tie to province and forest theme (if applicable) from

BEIG, chapter 4, part 2

• Get public feedback from meetings, etc.

• Line officer decision on architectural character and

sustainability (Corresponds to Facility Management Step #3)


4. Design Narrative

• Site analysis

• Detailed market analysis

• Design guidelines

• Budget/costs


Define site specific project architectural character and sustainability guidelines

• Tie to province and forest theme (if applicable)

• Develop chapter 4 broad BEIG architectural character

guidelines further to specific site and program; tier

chapter 4, part 2 guidelines

• Site and program analysis create more specific

guidelines for major projects (Corresponds to Facility

Management Step #4)


5. Project Design

• Agency

• Consultant

• Plans/specs

• Cost estimate


Specific graphic/drawings for architectural character and sustainability

• Implement architectural character and sustainability

guidelines from design narrative into plans and specs

• Retain for development of O&M manual

(Corresponds to Facility Management Step #5)


6. Project Implementation/Construction

• Guideline control


Monitor construction to ensure meeting plans and specs

• Ensure construction change orders do not alter or

compromise architectural character or sustainability

(Corresponds to Facility Management Step #6)


7. Evaluate Completed Project


Monitor completed project for adequacy of meeting

Guidelines (Corresponds to Facility Management Step #7)


8. Usage

• Operations

• Maintenance


Develop specific O&M manuals/guidelines that include

architectural character and sustainability considerations:

paint color, materials, etc.

• Educate users of O&M manual (Corresponds to Facility Management Step #8)


9. Monitor Usage

• Regular intervals

• Needs met

• Objectives met


Evaluate project’s acceptance, usability, relevance of

architectural character, and sustainability

(Corresponds to Facility Management Step #9)


10. Reconstruction/Removal

• Recycle to Facility Management Step 1


Recycle or create steps 1-5 architectural character

and sustainability input (Corresponds to Facility

Management Step #10)





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