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Strategies For Managing Retail Or Other Short Cycle Design Programs

Mark V. Slominski, P.E.

Course Outline

Of the numerous types of architecture/engineering design that are commonly practiced, successful retail and other short-cycle design programs require specific strategies. The nature of these programs favors timeliness with minimal design cost, typically sacrificing individual project creativity to satisfy owner desires for speed and efficiency. Many owners facilitate this type of design through a number of methods not commonly associated with commercial or other more customized design: development of standardized criteria drawing sets, establishment of expected fee structures, provision of standard construction specifications, establishment of national accounts for specialized design or equipment and providing varying levels of owner-employed staff to oversee institution and quality control of such standards. For new or seasoned design firms, producing designs that meet owner expectations of these standards can be challenging. Added to these challenges are the nuances that arise when a single design firm strives to please multiple owners whose final constructed facilities are very similar, but whose standardized design and construction procedures differ. This lesson covers a number of topics and strategies to help the design professional achieve success in this quick-moving market segment.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

The goal of this lesson is to present a number of different topics that should be considered by firms involved in retail or short cycle design. As opposed to a how-to manual, it instead attempts to be a thought-provoking endeavor. It is most effective when each subsection is approached with the attitude of "Have we considered that…if already implemented are there ways of making it better?"

Course Content

The the course content is in a PDF file Strategies For Managing Retail Or Other Short Cycle Design Programs. You need to open or download this document to study this course.

Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.
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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.