Planning and Feasibility Studies

Decisions made in the planning stage can have the greatest impact on a project. Cost, location, size and completion date all are discussed and set. Planning allows an organization to consider overall corporate needs; operational, financial, and cultural issues, and prepare strategic initiatives to meet these needs. A coherent facility plan must accommodate immediate and short-term needs without sacrificing or limiting long-range options, and any plan must maintain fiscal restraint. While solutions must interpret an organization’s vision, they must also address routine but necessary issues such as traffic and parking, construction phasing options, flexibility and adaptability to changing needs prior to implementation.

Albany Emergency Shelter Design Concept | St. Peters Health Partners, Teunis Street, Albany, New York

Concept design for a temporary shelter and respite facility to support the community and homeless people who have been recently released from the hospital.

Albany Medical College Nursing Program Classroom | Albany Medical Center, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

The team helped the college’s program and design fit-out for this 12,000sf Center for Nursing Anesthesiology. This included a large classroom for the simulations of real-life clinical skills.

Camp Dining Hall and Community Center Study and Design Options | Double H Ranch, Lake Luzerne, New York

The Double H Ranch provides a year-round specialized program for children and families with life-threatening illnesses. This plan for the Camp Dining Hall and Community Center would be used by the Ranch for fundraising and dining for over 400 people at each meal.

Theater Addition and Renovation Concept Design | Palace Theater, Albany, New York

Conceptual Design Options provided for expansion and renovations of The Albany Palace Theater, including new full-production theater, Broadway-quality performance facilities, development of a theater district including outdoor production spaces, dining and franchise venues, and themed site furnishings and spaces.


Dana Hall Design and Construction Phasing Plan | State University of Construction Fund (SUCF), SUNY Canton, Canton, New York

The Team worked together with SUCF and SUNY Canton Campus to develop programmatic goals and a schematic design for the renovation of the interior Dana Hall.

Clinical Laboratory Expansion Study | Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York

Commissioned to prepare a planning study for the hospital’s 37,975 square foot clinical laboratory expansion. The study required the team to meet with lab directors and managers for each of the eleven different groups to review their existing lab needs and anticipated needs for the next five years.

Facility Master Plan and New Entry Design | St. Peter’s Health Partners and St. Mary’s Hospital, Troy, New York

The master plan envisioned how the hospital would economically meet their space needs for the next ten years. The resulting research showed that to remain competitive they would need to accommodate three healthcare trends: emergency departments becoming the new front door of hospitals, single-bed patient rooms with space for families; and a shift from inpatient to outpatient services.