DBB 1.0 Predesign

1.1 Prepare Contextual Analysis (Not Required for Designated Historic Structures and Cultural Landscapes)

Document existing Building Character and Site Character using the Contextual Analysis template.

Template: Contextual Analysis


1.2 Prepare Project Program

Using the PMIS Project Statement, Facility Planning Model (if applicable), Project Sustainability Application Decision Matrix, and applicable portions of the NPS Project Sustainability Checklist as the basis for programming, prepare the Project Program. The Project Program includes a Site Analysis, a Site Program, and an Architectural Program.

Templates:

  • NPS Project Sustainability Checklist (based on LEED™ version 2009 with 2016 Guiding Principles)
  • NPS Project Sustainability Checklist (based on LEED™ version 4 with 2016 Guiding Principles) - being developed

Guidance: Project Sustainability Application Decision Matrix (pdf)


1.3 Prepare Integrated Design Narrative

Working collaboratively within the integrated design team, complete the Integrated Design Narrative documenting the integrated design process used during the Predesign phase.

Template: Integrated Design Narrative

Sample: Integrated Design Narrative (pdf)


1.4 Complete Contextual Analysis Template (When Required)

Document proposed Building Character and Site Character using the Contextual Analysis template.

Template: Contextual Analysis


1.5 Permitting

Provide name and qualifications of a staff member for approval to act as the Permitting Lead on the design project.

The Permitting Lead shall:

  • Manage the DSC permitting process.
  • Provide quality control (QC) of permitting submittals.
  • Coordinate with relevant Agencies.

Minimum qualifications:

  • 5 or more years experience acquiring permits for projects.
  • Experience with the jurisdictional permitting processes where the project resides.
  • Be skilled at managing and documenting permitting processes including timelines and scheduling.

Tasks include:

  • Document the DSC permitting process, including communication with Agencies.
  • Meet submittal deadlines and quality.
  • Act as the point of contact for the permit process management team.
  • Track, understand, and communicate the status of permits until they are issued.
  • Bring any issues to the project team and lead the effort to resolve them.

1.5.1 Initiate Permit Scoping & Prepare Permitting Assessment Form (PAF)

Evaluate potential jurisdictions and Agencies that apply to the project. Identify applicable project topics, missing information, and decisions needed to determine applicable permits. Use this information and any information provided by NPS to identify permits. If information is insufficient to identify permits, inform NPS and include necessary steps to obtain needed information.

Research missing information and questions in the PAF. Review the design as it develops for applicable regulations and applicable permits. Document resolutions to issues, identify additional concerns, and identify permits.

Form: Permitting Assessment

Sample: Permitting Assessment

Guidelines:


1.6 Complete NPS Project Sustainability Checklist (Predesign portion)

Working collaboratively within the integrated design team, complete the Predesign portion of the NPS Project Sustainability Checklist and use the Project Sustainability Application Decision Matrix to determine how federal sustainability requirements apply to the project.

Templates:

  • NPS Project Sustainability Checklist (based on LEED™ version 2009 with 2016 Guiding Principles)
  • NPS Project Sustainability Checklist (based on LEED™ version 4 with 2016 Guiding Principles) - being developed

Guidance: Project Sustainability Application Decision Matrix (pdf)


1.7 Prepare Class C Construction Cost Estimate

Based on the Project Program and NPS Project Sustainability Checklist requirements prepared above, prepare an independent Class C Construction Cost Estimate using the Class C Construction Cost Estimate template and Instructions.

Template:

Sample: Class C Construction Cost Estimate Sample (pdf)

Guidance: Cost Estimating Requirements Handbook (pdf)


1.8 Prepare Scope and Cost Validation Report Documentation

Upon completing the above Predesign work, document all scope and cost variations relative to the PMIS Project Statement and the PMIS Class C Construction Cost Estimate utilizing the Scope and Cost Validation Report template.

Template: Scope and Cost Validation Report


1.9 Predesign Deliverables

1.9.1 Submit Scope and Cost Validation Report Documentation for review

Submit Scope and Cost Validation Report with A/E designated input portions of the Scope and Cost Validation Report completed.

1.9.2 Submit 100% Draft Predesign Documents for review

  • Project Program
  • Integrated Design Narrative
  • Contextual Analysis (When Required)
  • Permitting Assessment Form (PAF)
  • NPS Project Sustainability Checklist
  • Class C Construction Cost Estimate
  • Scope and Cost Validation Report

1.9.3 Resolve 100% Predesign Review Comments and Submit Final Predesign Documents

Resolve all review comments and incorporate resolutions into the Final Predesign Documents. Submit the Final Predesign Documents and written responses to review comments, utilizing the NPS review form, within 15 calendar days of receipt of comments.