Have you ever tried to incorporate trash collection into a project during Construction Documents?
It is a mess, and the results will be less than stellar unless you go way in the hole by reworking lots of earlier decisions.
How to avoid the situation next time is the topic of this post.
Everybody generates trash, even a college dorm dweller. The trick to solving the trash issue well and with the least effort is to start early and get the issue integrated. So what does that look like?
During the earliest review of the program, get the answers to six questions:
These questions are just trying to quantify the issue. No solutions yet. However, if your client knows what he wants, that is great. Document it.
During Schematic Design make three decisions and locate the facilities.
Show the results of these decisions on the SD Site Plan. Coordinate with the design team.
By Design Development you know how the building works, and you will be able to tell how well the trash issue has been incorporated. A few more things need to be documented.
Show any facilities you are planning on your Site Plan and Floor Plan. Coordinate with the design team so everyone is on the same page.
During CDs you will want to include any details and refinements that are needed. Take a look at McDonalds or Chick fil A if you need inspiration. They know what works and what is maintainable. Gates, in particular, can be a maintenance problem.
Potential documentation needs:
This may seem like a lot of bother over an insignificant part of the design. But by considering the impact of trash throughout the design process, it will take a fraction of the time needed to incorporate it later.
Besides, I think getting these infrastructure issues solved for your client leads to eager referrals.
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