Feasibility Studies, Needs Analysis, and Programming
At the beginning of a project Fisher Dachs prepares a building progam.The Building Program lists all the spaces needed for that particular project.Organizational Diagrams help illustrate the complex nature of performing arts center.Detailed descriptions of the performance spaces provide the architect with an understanding of specific needs of the theater.Diagrams help illustrate the critical issues placed on the layout of the Lobby. The loading dock not only serves the stagehouse but other building functions such as catering and trash removal as well.For Regional Theaters that demand on-site Scene Shops, FDA works with their staff to layout an efficient and cost effective plan.The Loading Dock is an important if hidden function at the heart of a performing arts center.FDA develops numerous diagrams to determine the best relationship between performance space, statehouse and the loading dock.After site plan showing major functions such as lobbies, theaters and loading docks is laid out......FDA can then help develop three-dimensional massing studies.We are able to create these Massing Studies allow the client and architect to understand the relationship of the program areas.FDA develops Parking Diagrams to help the client to understand how the arrival sequence works for patrons.Understanding the local streets layout and the surrounding area beyond the immediate project site is critical for a successful operation.When theater companies need to expand, FDA helps identify areas for renovation.FDA will look at ways to expand the stagehouse area when current programming exceeds the original building's program.Existing Facilities also often require new stage lighting.

Strategic Planning

Successful projects begin with careful planning.

Before a design team is hired, land is purchased, or renderings are prepared, every Owner must come to grips with some very important questions and make a number of key decisions:

-  What do you hope to build?
-  Who are you building it for?
-  What activities does it need to accommodate?
-  How big does it need to be to accommodate those activities?
-  What is the business model under which it will operate?
-  How much will it cost to build and to operate?
-  How much land will you need?

Without the answers to these questions, nothing can or should be designed.

Expert Knowledge

FDA staff are skilled, experienced planners, and know how to conceive and execute a planning process to help you answer these questions, no matter how complex the project. We are adept at working with multi-facted Owner groups that involve board members, staff, faculty, elected officials, artistic leadership, performers and musicians, and even audience representatives. We tailor our work plan specifically to each client.

Often we assemble and manage a team of supplementary professionals that include financial planners, cost estimators, or acoustical consultants to undertake a specific assignment. We also have managed architectural design competitions and more traditional selection processes for architects and acoustical consultants.


A planning process can result in a range of work products, including:
-  Market Research
-  Needs Assessment / Existing Conditions Survey
-  Survey of Existing/ Competing Facilities
-  Comparables / Benchmarking Information
-  Projected Utilization Profile
-  Projected Operating Pro Forma
-  Governance and Management Plan
-  Building Program (a detailed brief for the project)
-  Site Requirements
-  Site Analysis
-  Projected Construction Cost
-  Projected Design and Construction Schedule
-  Case Statement / Description of Project Objectives

The purpose of all of this work is to ensure that the scope and financial implications of your project are well understood before a penny is spent on design or construction. Put simply, our role is to provide you the information you need to make your most important decisions.