Over nearly 40 years, PlanForce has developed a proven design process for solving your most challenging real estate problems. While the requirements of each phase will be unique for your specific project, this design process ensures a solution that creates concrete results for your business — on time and within budget.

PlanForce Proven Design Process


1. Discovery & Programming

  • Client Interview
  • Site Survey
  • Code Review
  • Programming

2. Schematic Design & Entitlements

  • Conceptual Planning
  • Schematic Drawings
  • Pricing Plan
  • Entitlement Application
  • City Feedback & Modification

3. Design

  • Mood & Inspiration Boards
  • Architectural & Interiors Documentation
  • Finish Selection
  • Renderings

4. Construction Documents

  • Construction Documents
  • Engineering Coordination
  • Bidding Support
  • Permit Submittals
  • Specifications

5. Construction Administration

  • Requests for Information
  • Jobsite Meetings
  • Change Orders
  • Punch List

Our design process begins with Discovery — a deep dive into your business that covers both how you work now and your goals for the future. From this, we develop your Program — a detailed description of your space needs and operational requirements, including a survey of conditions in your specific location.

With this program in hand, we create a Schematic Design that lays out all of your business requirements into your new space. At this phase, we work to make sure the fit, flow, and connections between departments work for your organization.

Once we have the fit right, we move into Design Development. In this phase, we focus on the details that will create a space where your people and business can thrive, including colors, finishes, furniture, lighting, and more. These details can then be priced to ensure they meet your budget. We refine these plans to ensure they are Feasible — they can be built — Viable — they are in budget and will benefit your business — and Desirable to the people who will use them.

We also begin working out the construction details, coordinating with all the team members — consultants, Structural, Civil, and MEP engineers — to make sure the detailing of each of those work with both one another and the building.

Once your team is happy with the designs, we translate them into Construction Documents — the detailed plans that contractors and building professionals need in order to bring the plans to life. These plans can then be used to secure bids from contractors and sub-contractors. We can help guide you through the process of obtaining bids and selecting the right contractors for your project.

Detailed Construction Documents are also needed to obtain permitting from the relevant governmental bodies. We can help you package and submit the necessary paperwork to secure your permits so that work can begin.

Throughout construction, PlanForce can be available to provide a variety of Construction Administration services, including requests for information, revisions and change orders, engineering coordination, site meetings, meetings with city officials, lease documents, pay requests, punch list, and more. Our goal is to help you complete your project successfully! Let’s get to work.


At PlanForce we listen, we question, and we learn — before we design.