What's Our Design Process?
There are 5 distinct phases of our design process. Each of our projects follows these 5 phases, which takes us from concept to completion.
01Programming and Schematic Design
- Following our initial face to face discovery meeting and preliminary sketching, we determine exactly how much space is needed, the operating policies for the foodservice facility, which will impact the physical design, where key equipment will be located and the spatial requirements of the service and production areas.
- Next, we prepare a project program detailing levels of service, styles, menus and the delivery system requirements.
- This work culminates in the creation of a schematic design that includes preliminary layouts of work areas and key equipment and the creation of budgets based on the clients' foodservice design objectives.
- In this phase, the schematic design is developed "to-scale" using the latest version of AutoCAD or 3D BIM modeling using the latest version of Autodesk's Revit Design Suite. The drawings include floor plans for each foodservice area and electrical and plumbing spot utility rough-in plans. An equipment brochure which provides details regarding manufacturers, models, accessories and options are also created during this phase.
- It is also during this phase that we address any "green" requirements our client may have so that we are able to meet their sustainability goals by specifying energy-efficient equipment.
- During this phase, all construction documents, which include final drawings with written foodservice specifications, special condition plans and any custom fabrication details, are finalized for the architect's submittal to the appropriate health and/or other code agencies.
04Contracts and Bidding
- As a design-only firm, we do not sell equipment but draw on decades of relationships with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) so that we may offer recommendations which will serve our client's best interests based on the project's specifications, size, location and budget.
- Once we have made the recommendations, we assist our client in the issuing of contract documents to bidders.
- We evaluate the food service equipment bids upon receipt and recommend to our client the selection of best foodservice equipment contractor based upon qualifications and budget.
05Construction Administration + On-Site Observation
- After the successful bidder creates drawings and equipment brochures based on the construction documents received, we review the drawings to ensure the final project documents match the original design.
- Finally, we visit the project site during installation of the foodservice equipment to ensure the project is proceeding consistent with the design plan. Following installation, we do a final site inspection and create a punch list of discrepancies and determine if anything is not in compliance with the construction documents.
Innovative & Cutting Edge Design Solutions
Creative design solutions that use the most innovative technologies that respect budgets--that's what we offer each and every client.
DGG pioneered the adoption of AutoDesk's Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM) computer-aided software among food design consultancies in 2009. We remain a tech leader in the industry, providing the highest quality AutoCAD or Revit drawings to our architect partners.
3D Revit models of the back of house kitchen and serving areas for our projects help our clients to more easily visualize the completed design and allow the rest of the project's team to coordinate piping, electrical and HVAC runs to detect any clash/obstruction complications before they occur on the job site. Plus, easier to understand drawings mean fewer meetings, which translates into cost-savings for our clients.