At Schmidt Associates, we actively encourage high expectations. Then we make sure we deliver on time and on budget. Our clients can expect satisfaction beyond any measure except budget.
Budget Doesn’t Have To Be The Enemy Of Creativity
The aspirations, expectations, and needs of all the stakeholders in a K-12 project are intrinsic to their successful development – that’s a cornerstone of our Schmidt Associates’ philosophy. So is the belief that budget counts, and not merely as an inconvenience or as a fluid notion to be revisited along the project delivery path. Therefore, we view the budget as another central statement of our clients’ expectations: to be understood, respected, and worked with – not against. That’s our ideal. It’s made real through a highly practical approach with clarity at its heart.
We call our approach project definition. And project definition, at the risk of some apparent semantics, is all about defining the project. Importantly, it replaces assumptions with definitions in all core areas including project scope, schedule, and budget. So we don’t come back to financial considerations as an afterthought, we bake them in along the way. And if we don’t have the scope, schedule, and budget fully defined and clearly aligned with stakeholder understanding and expectations, then we don’t go forward until we have everything nailed down. That’s project definition.
True Accountability – The Accounting Is Part Of It
When project definition is achieved, we can move forward to what we call final design. Our final design is our definitive approach. It fully takes account of stakeholder needs and expectations. Then it translates them into a physical sequence that starts on the drawing board and ends with a series of specifications that can be costed for, realistically and accurately. The creativity is protected. The guesswork is eliminated – removing the uncertainties that otherwise lead to change orders, overruns, and broken budgets.
To discover more about how our Schmidt Associates’ K-12 team can make sure your next project delights and surprises while staying on budget, get in touch.