Programming can begin once all approvals from the Project Initiation phase are finalized. A Project Manager will be assigned from University of Nebraska Lincoln Facilities Management & Planning Department (FM&P) who will manage the process to insure University policies and procedures are followed. For larger projects an outside consultant may be hired to help write the program document. This involves the creation of a formal program statement by University of Nebraska Lincoln Facilities Management & Planning Department (FM&P) in conjunction with requisite university stakeholders and the Campus Planning Committee.
During the program phase various critical issues and related goals that affect architectural design are investigated and incorporated into the program including:
- Project goals and aspirations;
- Specific use(s) of the space(s);
- Number and type of occupants;
- Activities of the occupants;
- Furnishings, fixtures, equipment, and/or materials required to support the occupants and activities;
- Functional and spatial relationships between spaces;
- Cultural and community context;
- Site selection and site characteristics;
- Climate and microclimate;
- Budget (overall, required expenses, restrictions, etc.);
- Funding source(s) and restrictions;
- Preliminary project schedule and phasing plans:
- Legalities (applicable laws, codes, ordinances, etc.);
- Commentary related to how the project complies with UNL’s Master plan;
- Construction delivery method and,
- Other miscellaneous considerations.
Once created, the draft program statement is vetted to the Campus Planning Committee and the Aesthetic Review Committee (ARC) for input, modified accordingly, and finalized. Projects with budget estimates of $2,000,000 or more must be approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. The Program Phase will typically take between 3 to12 months to complete.
The UNL College of Engineering (COE) project has entered the programing phase. The architectural firm DLR has been hired to assist with writing the program. UNL FM&P Project Manager Brad Muehling has been assigned as UNL’s Project Manager for this project.
The preliminary COE program schedule is as follows:
- Project research - (Oct. 2016)
- Preliminary departmental interviews/workshops - (Nov. 2016)
- Peer institution site visits - (Nov. 2016)
- Departmental program reviews/charrettes - (Dec. 2016)
- Program refinements - (Jan. 2017)
- Concept designs - (Feb. 2017)
- ARC review - (March 2017)
- Finalize program - (May 2017)
- BOR program approval - (June 2017)
Following approval of the project program, the project will proceed into the Consultant Selection Phase.