I’ve noticed that during this recent “financial crisis” as the news stations all report, I’ve succumbed to a different slant on how I make decisions. How do I determine which projects to go after, how do I determine the reliability/stability of potential clients and, after occupancy, what “Leave Behind” is appropriate?
Essentially, the design work is the same although we are modifying some initial design discussions based on what is currently cheap or available in the market (I say cheap, but inexpensive is a more appropriate term). Project management seems to be affected marginally; typically we include a set number of CCA meeting. These days we stick to that number rather than make multiple trips; I guess that’s driven by the bottom line.
Has anyone else modified what you do? Why you do it? Or how you think about it? I know that I’m getting really tired of listening to the am radio and hearing “… and now for an update on America’s Financial Crisis…” Really, if what we’ve stepped into is stuck to our shoe, it’s no longer a crisis but a reality and I think it needs a different thought pattern to clean it up.
—Lisa Stacholy, AIA