Studio

About Us

Sims Architectural Studio, Inc. (SAS) embodies individuals representing many years of history and experience in the design and construction of a variety of project types. Currently, we are a firm of 10 people dedicated mainly to the design and construction of projects of quality and distinction.

Our talented staff has a rich background of architectural experience that ranges from resort to retail design, master planning and design of schools and government facilities, to the design of institutional facilities. Currently, 90% of our projects involve the design of healthcare facilities.

We are dedicated to being a full service design firm. The commitment to service and design, meticulous attention to details and cumulative years of experience the firm enjoys by virtue of its architectural staff assures our client of an innovative, individual approach to its particular design needs.

SAS is currently in its 19th year as a design firm.

Methodology

Pre-Design

We believe that pre-design planning relates primarily to economics, demographics, and land use. These elements in conjunction with a market analysis will be evaluated to help in establishing the project program.

Production

We believe that quality control begins with the preparation of the construction documents which takes the most time and resources. We utilize the latest 2D and 3D CADD technology to offer our client the most effective production methods.

Our effective production management staff and the following procedures assure quality control for the client:

  • The development of a set of design development documents approved by the client
  • Careful production planning, scheduling, and control
  • Incorporation of documentation standards
  • Use of a library of construction information and technical references
  • Effective coordination with consultants and the project team
  • Thorough review and checking procedures
  • Effective use of all available resources to produce a quality set of documents for the client

Our goal is to provide our client with a fully developed and “coordinated” set of Construction Documents.

Program

We use the program as a statement of what the client should do. It will identify the levels of performance sought by the client and the process generally involves five steps:

  1. Data Collection
  2. Data Analyses
  3. Data Organization and Development of Concepts
  4. Communication of Data and Concepts
  5. Evaluation of Resulting Program.

The client is a valuable source of information in collecting facts, opinions, and projections needed to develop the performance criteria. There are typically five important sources: The client’s administration, the facility staff, external factors, standards/code requirements and our experience in facility design.

The program must encompass the goals and spirations of the client while meeting their needs based on organizational structure and procedure requirements. The key to the success of the program is involvement by the key participants, the client and SAS.

Project Budget

We cannot over-emphasize the importance of the project budget. The budget will be established by costing out the project’s program and schedule requirements. Pre-design construction cost estimates are usually conceptual. The common budgeting techniques at this level are:

  • Project units where the project unit is multiplied by an estimated cost per unit.
  • Square foot estimates are developed through recent building type costs.

No matter what means the client uses to establish the budget, there are consideration to bear in mind:

  • The first budget number is the most important one and it must reflect the probable construction cost.
  • Budget statements must be clear as to what is not included such as the differences between construction cost and total development cost.
  • Budgets should include a level of detail appropriate to the level of project development
  • Budgets should consider the local area construction market
  • Budgets should include contingencies

The construction cost, once established, will be maintained by unity in the project team between the Client, SAS, and the General Contractor.

Project Schedule

We View the project schedule not only as a project management tool, but also as an important factor in design. It identifies major scheduling issues in project phasing, the time it takes to seek variances and the sequencing of design decisions that influence the project from the beginning of the design concept through construction document phase.

The schedule will identify such issues as:

  • When must the project be occupied?
  • Is it possible or desirable to occupy the project in stages?
  • How long should it take to construct the project?
  • How long will pre-construction activities, design, state submittal and approval, bidding, etc. take?
  • How long will phasing, infection control and other issues impact the schedule?
  • When will financial obligations be due or forthcoming?

The schedule seeks to fix the key milestones in the life of the project.

Focus Area

Pre-Design Planning

We believe that pre-design planning is tightly interwoven with architectural design. We utilize simple diagrammatic drawings and 3D computer models to do feasibility studies at the onset of each project. This is done for a minimal fee which is usually rebated into the final design fee. We also employ consultants to aid the owner in market analysis to determine the appropriate program to meet current and future needs.

TJC Surveys

We can provide professional assistance in updating Joint Commission Statement of Conditions.

SAS will conduct a comprehensive on-site above and below ceiling inspection of every floor of the facility for compliance with the adopted Life Safety Code. Any and all deficiencies will be noted.

The building inspection will include inspection of all fire/smoke walls, identification and proper placement of dampers, smoke detectors, and structural fire ratings. The inspection will also include a thorough and comprehensive “below the ceiling” inspection.
SAS will develop Plan for Improvement (PFI’s) documentation for any deficiencies which are identified during our comprehensive building inspection. The PFI’s will include a description of the deficiency, recommended corrective measure(s), and assistance in developing an estimated cost of implementation and will identify the source of funds, as required by TJC.

ADA Surveys

SAS can conduct a comprehensive on-site survey of every floor of the facility to determine compliance with the adopted ADAAG.

The building inspection will include a thorough and comprehensive inspection of all accessible routes, parking, passenger loading zones, ramps, stairs, elevators, doors, entrances, drinking fountains, toilets, showers, alarms, signage, telephones, etc…to determine compliance.

SAS will develop Plan for Improvement (PFI’s) documentation for any deficiencies which are identified during the inspection. The PFI’s will include a description of the deficiency, recommended corrective measure(s), and assistance in developing an estimated cost of implementation.

CON Documentation/Submittal

SAS is available to provide CON Documentation/Submittal services. These services include preparation of exhibits and documentation to support projects in the CON approval process and, when necessary, testifying before the State Review Board responsible for CON approval.

Construction Services

Architectural Design

In the design of healthcare facilities, we most often address three intertwined issues. First, we understand that medical facilities are in a constant state of technical transition and, as a result, there is a need to develop built space with the inherent flexibility needed to accommodate the future needs of the client. Secondly, we keep abreast of advances in technology and analyze how this technology relates to the patient, medical staff, and the building’s functional requirements. The third issue is the development of spaces that advance the patient’s sense of comfort and well-being. We feel a building with comfortable, reassuring surroundings plays an important role in health restoration and this, along with the ease of functional use, supports and gives satisfaction to the staff in providing patient care.

Interior Planning and Design

SAS can provide Interior Design services through our consultants or work with a selected Interior Designer. With these services we strive to meet the functional needs of the clients while enhancing the productivity and safety of these spaces. As with all design work, incorporation of aesthetics must be balanced with the client’s budget, functional needs and business requirements.

Master Planning Services

The goal of the Master Planning process is to develop a long-range planning system which will enable your healthcare facility to maintain its position of leadership in the area of healthcare within your catchment region. This plan will serve to guide both internal and external development within the medical center campus. It will also maximize efficiency of services and allow more prudent use of operational and construction dollars.

Healthcare Programs:

Identification of current healthcare programs and their current locations within the medical center. Identification of past and current case loads and projections of future growth.

Land Use:

Identification of current land use. Identification of current buildings, structures and property currently owned by the Hospital. Identification of zoning districts that fall within the confines of the Hospital campus and owned property.

External Circulation:

Identification of vehicular access routes. Delineation of vehicular circulation and parking within the Hospital campus. Traffic counts, determination of major/minor intersections. Identification of types of parking and parking counts. Identification of parking standards.

Physical Facilities:

Analysis of patient flow within the facility. Identification and analysis of each delineated building area, each department, and the function within the building area. Development of a survey/matrix indicating interdepartmental relationships and the level of perceived connectivity needed between departments. Development of departmental surveys to be completed by the administrative leader with direct participation from the operations leader and technical services personnel ie: techs, nurses, etc. the survey will he concluded with interviews between the architect and each perspective group.

Additional Services

In addition to these key Architectural Services, SAS also offers an array of related services. We have the ability to manage the total planning, design, and construction process for our healthcare client’s projects. The firm’s capabilities include:

  • Furniture Specifications
  • Food Service Planning
  • Graphic Design
  • Audio Visual/video
  • Architectural Signage and Way-finding
  • Scheduling/Construction Phasing
  • Cost Estimating
  • Value Engineering
  • Construction Administration
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Sims Architectural Studio also provides many services in conjunction with consultants with whom the firm maintains professional relationships. These services include:

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Office Relocation Coordination
  • Transportation Planning
  • Healthcare Equipment Planning
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Design/Engineering
  • Acoustic Engineering
  • HVAC Design/Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Facility Needs and Market Analysis
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Space Inventory Analysis