From model space to real space
At Riverside Group we offer specialized service through our Design Assist process. Early in the planning stages, Design Assist gives architecture and construction professionals the opportunity to collaborate with us on the development of their projects. Tap into our Design Assist service, and access our extensive material options and technical expertise.
“Riverside Group’s Design Assist process was invaluable to our success both in design and construction. We collaborated with them very early in design to establish a dialogue about intentions, performance criteria and obstacles. Their technical leadership is why the finished product is so beautiful resolved.”– Westlake Reed Leskosky
1. Design Assist / Schematic Design
Early in the Schematic Design phase, we collaborate with your design team on the conceptual aspects of the project, working interdependently to explore surfaces, systems and budgets, including:
- Facade conceptualization
- Material possibilities
- Finish options
- Sustainability objectives
- Quantity analysis
2. Design Assist / Design Development
Building on the Schematic Design, the design and construction team moves from concept to the establishment of clear objectives for the facade. In this phase, the team finalizes materials, finishes, systems and pricing. To achieve this, Riverside Group and the design team:
- Refine materials through sample evaluation and technical review
- Analyze palette of finishes
- Establish performance objectives
- Study standard and custom system designs
- Construct mock-ups
- Generate 3D models and visuals
- Finalize sustainability and LEED objectives
- Generate wall sections, details and specifications based on design conclusions
Visual mockups for One Bloor West, Toronto.
Column base cladding mockup for One Bloor West, Toronto.
Feature cladding mockup for George Brown College – Limberlost Place.
3. Design Assist / Systems Fabrication
At the fabrication phase, our team develops each element according to its particular characteristics. Each piece is carefully designed through meticulous shop drawings, 3D models and custom designed facade software. Skilled craftsmen and automated fabrication equipment provide a strong foundation for our high level of accuracy and renowned quality.
4. Design Assist / Installation
In this phase, the design collaboration advances to the building stage, bringing to realization the personalized nature of each project. In-depth planning with the entire construction team addresses and resolves project schedules, coordination and constructability issues.