At first, this might seem like design by committee, and in fact,
some designers have described some initial discomfort, feeling like
someone is looking over their shoulders as they work. But they say
that their projects benefitted from the process and that they quickly
adjusted their perceptions.
For a retail project, an ecocharrette might include the building
owner, developer, retailer, designer, contractor, MEP engineer, lighting
designer, fixture and materials suppliers, and other specialists. Input
from user representatives also may be sought, such as through customer surveys. The meeting allows the project contributors to understand the project’s building performance goals and design intent and
to discuss strategies that can be used to accomplish the goals.
Winning ID Projects
The Albertsons Clairemont ecocharrette included city planners, the
design engineering team, store operations personnel, and the local
community. As a result of the interaction between various disciplines, it was determined that a third-party consultant to integrate
the mechanical and refrigeration systems with electrical systems
could help the store’s overall efficiency. Waste heat generated by a
fuel cell that powers the store is reclaimed to heat and cool the store.
A continuous on-site project manager worked with the various trades
to ensure coordination of the new technologies.
C191-2009, Standard Form Multi-Party Agreement for Integrated
Project Delivery |
The Charrette Handbook | by Bill Lennertz and Aarin Lutzenhiser
Green Building Through Integrated Design | by Jerry Yudelson
Whole Building Design Guide |
For Lincoln Park’s Whole Foods Market, architects, fabricators
and engineers met monthly for three years to keep the sustainable
strategies on target. Department coordinators, the store manager,
designers, contractors and project managers were added to the meetings as work progressed, with meetings increasing to weekly once
construction began. Contractors, for instance, offered suggestions on
eco-friendly materials, opportunities for low-VOC products, installation
ideas, and ways to use less material.
Jo Rossman, LEED AP, GPAP, is A.R.E.’s
manager of sustainability and designer
programs. E-mail her at jorossman@
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