Nonprofits need advice about buildings at many stages of the organization's life. My experience can help at most of those stages because I've served as Architect, as Client (via Board service), and as educator teaching engineers and architects.
- Defining space needs (called " space programming") - I've been involved in this both as a client (board work), as an architect, and as an educator (I teach it).
- Hiring Design Professionals - I've been involved both as client (board work) and as an architect.
- I need to reiterate that I am not interested in the design work for myself.
- Representation During Design Construction - Owners need someone looking out for their interests during design and construction.
- Move In - There are many issues involved in planning and executing the move-in process.
- Operations - Effective use of existing space, scrutiny of utility bills, lighting issues, etc.
- Maintenance Plans and Budgets - Developing short and long term capital equipment maintenance schedules - including both operating and capital budgets, which can be most useful in capital campaigns and grant proposals.
- Renovations - Renovations can vary from simple one-week projects to entire facility renewals. I've advised on all aspects of this kind of renovation, including budgeting, scheduling, professional selection.
It's more difficult to be specific, but I've been repeatedly told that I'm particularly helpful at clarifying issues.