Focused On Craft

Fluidity’s quality assurance program has been in continual refinement since the company was established in 2002 and is applied to every project. We schedule multidisciplinary peer reviews at each phase of work. This ensures that each project benefits from the office’s body of knowledge and creativity, in addition to the intense focus of the project’s assigned design and engineering team.

First Review takes place approximately halfway through the Concept Design phase. This meeting is organized as a round-table pin-up and is attended by the Design Principal, the Project Designer, and the Project Engineer. Context and success parameters are reviewed together with design sketches and ideas. The meeting is complete when the participants agree on the next steps.

Second Review happens during Design Development. The basic features of the design are reviewed again, in accordance with developed water expression, finishes, special details, sound, and lighting. Plumbing and electrical systems are reviewed, seeking alignment with design goals, simplification of the systems, and the strengthening of the engineering details.

Third Review takes place in the last weeks of the Construction Documents phase. All the final drawings are pinned to the wall, team reviewed, and redlined. Every drawing is examined. Missing Drawings or Specifications are identified and sketched for subsequent creation. For particularly complicated projects, a fourth review is held just prior to the construction document package’s release.

The Construction Administration phase constitutes the final Quality Assurance layer in Fluidity’s program. During this phase, the project team liaises closely with the construction contractor. Multiple visits to the jobsite are made in order to observe and respond to the construction. Near the end of construction Fluidity participates in the commissioning of the work, including controls programming, flow adjustments, light fixture aiming and performance programming, where relevant.