The following text provides
answers to the most common questions asked about Control Room Design by prospective clients.
Please feel free to contact Douglas Spranger at: firstname.lastname@example.org or sprangerNY@aol.com for additional information.
Can you provide some background
about the company? Control Room Design, LLC, is a design consulting company, working in affiliation with the
client's architect of record, to provide ergonomic architecture for the petrochemical industry. CRD's exclusive focus
is control room and control building design.
What are your
specialities in Control Building design? Ergonomics, interior design and architecture. Over the past
two + decades, we have gained a considerable understanding of how a control room operates. Our expertise in issues of
applied human factors, lighting design and ergonomics leads to the complete design of control buildings.
How do you staff a project? Control Room Design works in concert
with the architect of record and outside specialists such as blast-study engineers, providing necessary support staff, depending
on the program. Most control building projects, however, only require some 3 to 5 staff members including architectural
and interior designers. CRD and affiliate architects are large enough to bring considerable resource to any given project,
but small enough to provide personal attention to every client project.
your team members architects, designers or engineers? All these disciplines are represented: architects,
industrial designers, human factors specialists and engineers.
are people assigned to projects? The most appropriate staff members, with the right skills, are assigned as
a “team” and they remain assigned to that project for the duration.
unique, if anything, about Control Room Design’s methodology? The human element -- having extensive experience
(through watching, observing and recording behaviors of control room operators), to determine the actual needs that the facility
must fulfill. In a sense, we develop a strong sympathy for the user that directly impacts our thinking as designers.
Having a control room with proper adjacencies, that caters for traffic routes without distraction to individual operators,
with perfect (non-glare) lighting and acoustics, and is well furnished will translate to improved performance of the units
under control. We also believe that design is not an end in itself, but more a process of sifting through all the variables
and making intelligent choices.
Can you undertake both large
and small control room/building projects? Yes, we have worked on large & comprehensive projects, such as
Valero's control buildings, to simple control room upgrades and lighting studies - to correct problems of glare and reflections
in the screens.
Can you take the project through to construction
drawings? Yes, in fact, for many of our control room projects we work with www.rvk-architects.com to prepare
bid or construction drawings for the interior of the control room itself, with the Architect of Record producing
all other drawings for the building. It is customary, however, for the client (or GC) to undertake the civil, HVAC,
structural and electrical engineering design and documentation.
your computer systems be compatible with ours? Most likely, as we typically supply documentation in AutoCad,
which is the customary platform for architectural drawings.
are the costs and time frames for a typical project? Costs vary, and obviously depend on the assignment and
level of complexity. We estimate and invoice on a time-and-materials basis (plus direct expenses), establishing previously
agreed not-to-exceed budgets. Normally, a 3 to 5 person team is required, full-time, for 4 to 12 months. Timeframes
for design generally ranges from 4 months for a control room upgrade project to 12-15 months for complete design of a new
control building, through to release of construction documentation. Simpler projects, such as a lighting study can be
completed in as little as 1 month.
Can a project be funded
in stages? Yes. Normally, a proposal is divided into 5 or 6 major phases of work, with each phase estimated
separately. It’s quite common for clients to initially fund the data gathering and initial layout phases --before
approving funds for continued development.
How do you invoice?
Monthly, on a time-and-materials basis, against the previously agreed, not-to-exceed figures. Invoices are payable in 30 days.