Exceptional architecture is the convergence of art and science, achieved through a balance of creativity, passion, innovation, communication, compromise and efficiency – of vision, function, space, energy, materials, time and money. Often we see exceptionally designed buildings and spaces and wrongly assume a high price tag. Exceptional design does not need to cost more. This is the overarching goal our architects bring to every project.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo de Vinci
We created the Pond Architecture Studio as a “think tank” and avenue for our talented and passionate design professionals to help you achieve the highest level of project satisfaction by providing exceptional architectural design through a unique process focused on collaboration and communication – with you, your stakeholders and with our design teams. Plus, we also have all engineering disciplines in-house so collaboration with our engineering team members is quick and seamless – which saves you time and money.
What makes the Pond Studio unique is that, while we are innovative, we listen — really listen! Because our highly-trained and specialized architects understand the challenges you face every day we effectively listen, interpret and guide you through your entire project – from vision to construction – starting with the planning process and the essential Pond Charrette.
The Pond design charrette process is used to bring project stakeholders together as active participants to build consensus, make collaborative decisions, explore alternatives, collectively review and resolve issues, and engage participants or stakeholders in the process. We have found our charrette process invaluable in identifying the key issues, goals and objectives “up front” and to provide a road map for future planning, design, and decision making. This process has been particularly effective in planning and design efforts that involve numerous stakeholders, all with varying responsibilities and priorities.
The goal of the charrette is to present and evaluate a number of different options and scenarios. It also gives our designers unique insights into a client’s needs and priorities. As part of the process our architects will develop several schematic concepts for alternative configurations. Factors such as building form, massing, site utilization, access, circulation as well as future expansion and context within the community will all be explored. Additionally, the charrette will encourage discussion on LEED® and sustainability initiatives early in the planning process.
A unique aspect of our charrette process is the Pond Charrette “Toolbox”. Utilizing a variety of techniques from hand sketching and illustrations, to computerized spreadsheets, to 3 dimensional graphics programs, our architects will select the most appropriate combination of techniques to ensure the critical aspects of the design is conveyed to our audience.
Once a concept is selected, our team works to further define the building program via site plans, floor plans, exterior elevations and key building sections. Concept design typically includes a preliminary basis of design report or narrative design analysis, a preliminary/parametric cost estimate and more developed illustrative presentations. The team works integrally to explore concepts in greater depth, consider and narrow the alternatives, clarify the program, identify conflicts or issues, and provide an agreed-upon framework for the final design to build around.
The final phase of the design process includes the preparation of working drawings, specifications, and bidding and contract documents. At Pond, we use construction documents software tools such as AutoCAD, Revit, Masterspec, SpecsIntact and a variety of other software products to ensure the highest level of document production. We also rely on our library of well-researched and coordinated details for roofs, windows, exterior skin systems, stairs and other building components to ensure the systems we incorporate into your building have been proven and real-world tested.
Finally, no building project will be successful if there are errors and discrepancies in the construction documents. The cornerstone of our practice includes a formalized quality control and quality assurance process which is followed on every project. Construction document quality control requires effort and discipline; and, at Pond, we are convinced it saves our clients both time and money.
Some projects require an enhanced level of communication with the community or public to garner buy-in or simply inform stakeholders of your project. When this is the case, and once a creative concept and strategy are developed through the planning process, our marketing strategist and graphic design team bring the concept to life utilizing an integrated approach. This method provides a cohesive look, feel and message through all delivery channels and media. We are versed in sourcing both traditional and sustainable materials and techniques for implementation based on project needs and focus.
At Pond, our goal is always 100% client satisfaction. We consistently deliver this as a result of our all-in-one project delivery approach, allowing you to experience an unmatched level of satisfaction and value-added benefits.
Our professional architects are proud members of the following organizations…
Michael J. Panczykowski, AIA
Paul J. Monardo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP®
Director of Architecture / Associate