The Early Bird Catches the Worm’ can be defined via a Google Search to mean, "the person who takes the earliest opportunity to do something will gain the advantage over others." This phrasing has multiple connotations depending upon the subject at hand. I would like to delve into the world of architecture and building design. Let's rephrase above quote to state, "the design and development team which takes the earliest opportunity to collaborate will achieve something greater than the norm".
Let's consider the following common project development circumstance:
- An architect is engaged by a developer.
- The developer has an area and use requirement for a building
- The architect has an area / plot to work with and coordinate with council requirements
Between these 3 key players there is an extensive amount of work that goes into getting a building development project off the ground. It’s no wonder that at this stage there's no strong push to gather additional advice or input. Civil, structural and surveying consultancy is required at an early stage in any project. The funding to push ahead with development projects seems more onerous by the day. In this environment, making a push for a coordinated approach to a building design becomes more difficult.
Let's imagine a new scenario for project design development:
- A building project is defined by the client.
- Opportunities are gained via close & early collaboration with not only the architect but a building engineering design consultant
- Capital value is increased by 10-15%
- Energy costs are lower on average by 10-15%
- Interest in the project development is stronger than the competition and tenants are signing up quickly
- The location of the development gathers great vibes and social capital, precisely because of its contribution to a low energy society.
We can only seek to achieve any of these great advantages if we simply involve the building services engineering team early in the process.
"I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm."
Franklin D. Roosevelt