Core Factors that Inform Building Design

May 19, 2023 | Blog, Architectural Design

What makes a building stand out from surrounding structures and allows your business to make a name for itself while also attracting the right tenants and long-term property investors? In today’s market, it’s no secret that commercial real estate development is a competitive game, and those who want to outlast the test of time need to know the core components that will set their next build-up for success.

At the Krahn Group of Companies (KGC), we know that, in order to set yourself up for success, it’s key to partner with a proven partner you can trust. We’re proud to offer our clients access to a multi-disciplinary roster of industry leaders, including civil engineers, mechanical engineers, project management and more. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the core elements that go into overall building design and efficiency. Read on to learn more!

Building Envelope

The cornerstone of any building’s design and one of the most important elements that determine longevity is a building’s envelope. The envelope involves all aspects that help keep the building sealed against the outside elements, including your foundation, the roof, windows, doors and more. Many older buildings tend to suffer from a compromised envelope, which lets cold air and moisture in, often with disastrous results. Whether you’re building new or retrofitting/upgrading an existing structure, having a solid building envelope should be a core priority. Multiple disciplines, from structural to civil, mechanical, architectural

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is encompassed by all of the above variables, but it also extends to dedicated internal systems like your electrical wiring, HVAC, and even functional design elements. In order to create the best building systems, you need to have all of your engineering contractors in sync, as well as a project management team that is prepared to keep everyone on track the whole way through.

At KGC, we offer fully integrated design, project management and multidisciplinary engineering consultation, which allows for all core elements of your build to stay under “one roof”. This eliminates confusion, enhances communication, and allows for a seamless development timeline that keeps everything headache free.

Structural Integrity

Structural integrity means more than developing a final build that can withstand the conditions of today (more on that below); it also needs to have a long-term plan that is able to adapt to geographical, climate, and other shifting conditions that can accelerate wear and tear. Structural and civil engineers play an integral role in laying the right foundation and ensuring your building is able to adapt over time while still adhering to current regulations.

Future-Oriented Design

Similar to above, your building’s design needs to account for current situations, as well as the natural wear and tear, shifting land conditions, and the evolving standards of commercial infrastructure and construction. Your build should feature high-quality lighting, energy-efficient elements, intuitive interior design, accessible landscaping, and all of the (often missed) details that create an exceptional structure.

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At the Krahn Group of Companies, we’re proud to work with our clients to tackle property and municipal development with a seamless, integrated approach that always has the best results in mind. When you partner with us, you gain a team that’s transparent, experienced, and ready to bring your vision into reality. Discover the benefits of trusting a team with over 35 years of experience by contacting us today.