We are all familiar with famous sayings about the value of planning and warnings to those who fail to plan.

“Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal” - Anonymous

For those contemplating a building project, it is natural to wish for and expect a successful outcome, but the process can be demanding. Dore + Whittier’s goal is to enable our clients to achieve their desired results, and we know that the success of the process and the project is directly related to the planning effort applied.

Dore + Whittier project leaders know the power of planning and will initiate an interactive and collaborative partnership with every client, regardless of the project’s size or complexity. We will organize the team, forge commitments to the process and each other, confirm the vision, and unify the team in mission. Effective planning will establish a roadmap and erect the framework for the implementation of the many tasks to be coordinated, scheduled, monitored, and completed during the project’s duration.

We encourage an open, honest, and respectful association among all stakeholders and endeavor to create a productive environment for discourse, debate, and deliberation, one where all can freely contribute. This team-based approach, crafted by our highly qualified and dedicated project leaders, will enable the timely and civil resolution of issues and simplify the entire planning, design, and construction process.

We advocate for a participatory dialogue among all stakeholders and, should there be a need to create awareness and build consensus and support for the project, we are prepared and experienced to guide the process.

Because so much is at stake, you cannot afford a failure to plan.

“The beginning is the most important part of the work” - Plato

The list of issues to consider will be customized for your project, developed with your input, and discussed in interactive sessions with all participants. The planning topics in a typical project often include:

  • Sustainability/High Performance Goals
  • Permitting
  • Project Delivery Method
  • Schedule, Cost, Quality
  • Program / Design Objectives
  • Phasing and Logistics
  • Funding Sources/Needs
  • Outreach
  • Impacts/Mitigation Strategies
  • Community Needs, Expectations, Participation