ANA Design Studio Pvt. Ltd. – The Way We Work

Living in different countries, each time we find the opportunity of being a part of someone’s vision, I find it an infinite mercy of God, and hope that our efforts and ideas will be worth your time.

Since we are located in a different geography, and having worked in your region for the last seven years, we have tried to refine our services in a manner that is suitable for execution and minimising bottlenecks and communication issues.

Service Level:

ANA is a completely BIM compliant company. Our construction documentation is completely carried out in a Revit based BIM format. As a result all drawings, documents and Bill of Material are coordinated and complete. No surprises along the way, and no unforeseen cost overruns.

The Service Level offered by ANA is consistent and constant for all geographies we serve in, and is comparable to any well established system in the world. For the Project Design, Engineering and Detailing, the following process is well suited:

Pre Concept:

The Pre Concept stage is a volumetric exploration of build-ability on the site, and the potential mix of spaces and uses.

This stage allows for an initial dialogue with the client organization, and has been our litmus-test to define our fit into the client system, their philosophy, expectations and hopes from the project. We believe this stage allows for a conviction towards working together and the establishment of common purpose and the willingness to agree on the way forward.

Concept Design:

This is the first design exercise, and involves the preparation of fundamental spatial plans, discussion on structural systems and grids, and the typology of services in the building. The presentation format is in the form of plans and sections, block models of the building, reference images and slides defining various structural aspects, as well as the definition of electro mechanical systems in the building.

Typically this stage also defines the overall built area, the tentative budget and potential timelines for the build. This stage creates the tone for detailed discussions and iterations to the plan and architectural language of the building.

Typically for building your scale, we will have 2 to 3 iterations of this stage to allow refinement of your as well as our thought process and details. Or budgets are based on the last known costs of our previous projects in the same geography. It allows the clients to review their project commercials, viability and boundaries. These are, obviously , initial budgets and get refined and changed as things move along. However, they set the tone for a drum line, and can be tracked. Decisions can be taken keeping these as a benchmark, and, any decision to enhance or reduce them can be well thought out and recorded. 

We have found them to be a very helpful tool in the predictability and commercial definitions of our projects.

Time Anticipated: 4 to 6 weeks

Design Basis Record (DBR) Stage:

As a process, this is the complete technical guideline for the project and will include the following data. The data involves actual load calculations and definition of building and systems performance.

Architecture and Structure:

1. All plans and sections of the building, including the defined movement for people, vehicles, service trucks, roads and pathways.

2. All grids, structural elements with basic sizing.

3. Look and feel of the building.

4. Material listing for the facade, doors and windows, roofing, insulation, waterproofing and flooring.

5. Vertical circulation systems and calculations.

6. Fire and life safety and evacuation.

7. Landscape and horticulture.

8. Structural codes and lading details.

9 Typology and materials for foundations, structural systems, roofing and others.

10 Material management, service handling and waste management.

MEP Works:

Electrical and ELV:

  • Building electrical load calculations.
  • Distribution scheme.
  • Routing of services.
  • Typology and density of lighting.
  • Definition of codes and performance indices.
  • ELV services such as CCTV, Access Control, Fire Alarm and Data Network.

HVAC:

  • Building cooling load calculations.
  • Options of air-conditioning technology.
  • Distribution system for chillers and indoor units.
  • Exhaust and smoke venting systems.
  • Industrial cooling/ kitchen cooling systems.
  • Code compliance and building performance standards.
  • Building Management Systems (BMS)

PHE:

  • Water demand calculations and distribution systems.
  • Water conservation system, recycling and rain harvesting.
  • Fire load calculations, codes and system schematics.
  • Water treatment plant.
  • Sewerage and Effluent treatment plant.
  • Codes and building design and performance parameters.

The DBR document becomes the guideline for the entire project decision making, including any later changes to design, benchmarking of design completion, discussion with potential vendors and contractors as well as any potential modifications, enhancement or value engineering ideas.

GFC and Tender Stage:

This is a complete BIM model, and Good for Construction drawings that are detailed and coordinated.

Each part of the building is engineered and coordinated to function as a complete machine for the building performance.

This set of documents is utilised by the vendors to quote and, as a base drawing for any shop drawing preparation. We take great pride in our coordinated drawings, which consistently provide error free and buildable templates 95% or more of the time.

This will include:

1. Complete 2D and 3D modelling of the structure, facade and internal partitions, doors, windows, fenestration etc.

2. Complete layout, 2D and 3D modelling of all services including circuits, pipeline drawings, ducting, lighting, equipment selections (chillers/ pumps etc)

3. Details of all plumbing and fire fighting as well as engineering of WTP/STP etc.

4. Landscape and horticulture drawings.

5. Details of building equipment such as elevators/ escalators etc.

6. Data point Summary for BMS.

7 Details and integration of CCTV/ FA/ PA/ Access Control etc.

8. List of specifications, ,makes and method statements for key items.

9 Bill of Quantity and take off sheets.

10. Details of all structural systems including Structural Steel GA drawings and reinforcement and sizing details for all RCC works.

Exclusions:

1. Site survey and soil investigation.

2. Planning permission and any manner of statutory liaison.

3. Tender management , commercial negotiations and contractual negotiations with any vendor or contractor.

4. Billing and certification.

5. Interior Design and detailing/ Wayfinding/ Signage/ Graphics.

6. Marketing Material.

Typically, we would advise our clients to bring on board a local consultant for Planning Permissions and Statutory Liaison. It is, in fact, advisable to have them on board at the Concept Stage itself, so their counsel can be sought for code compliances and strategy for presentation can be developed at the initiation of design.

Similarly, it is advisable to have an “in-house” team for commercial and project management.

ANA usually creates a series of face to face seminars with stakeholders to explain design considerations, allow for queries and bring every one of the team on board. These seminars include the visit of our design leads, and, interactions with the Project Management as well as Contracting team.

Furthermore, we ensure site visits 6 to 7 times each year.

Similarly, we prefer to be involved in the technical aspects of tender approval, so the costing can be managed and there is no dilution of design intent.

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