Master Planning

Architectural Master Planning is critical to successful site and building designs. It requires insight, creativity, and experience from an excellent Architect. A successful Master Plan considers the many aspects of existing conditions such as, neighbourhood, community, environment, and context, and responds to those complexities in a sophisticated design. It must consider past, present, and future as well as practical, functional, and economic realities. And finally, it must communicate the design response clearly to all stakeholders. It’s not easy! But at Apse, we have a methodical process for delivering excellent Master Plans!

Site Analysis:


• Determine the proximity of nearby resources, recreation, housing, etc.


• Compile and review available site and building information, surveys, etc. as provided by Seller.


• Survey: Obtain CAD files if available or solicit proposals from survey companies.


• Civil Engineering: Obtain CAD files of previous engineering designs (if available).


• Aerial Photography: Generate high-resolution images from GIS data and/or Google Earth.


• Environmental & Geotechnical Engineering: Obtain existing reports if available or solicit proposals. We may not initiate work until later but like you to have proposals early for budgeting.


• Scan and archive existing hard-copy survey and site information.


• Establish current zoning status and associated local restrictions and requirements.


• Delineate setbacks, easements, and special site features.


• Identify all applicable Authorities Having Jurisdiction.


• Identify applicable codes, covenants and other restrictions affecting the property.


• Call a local Civil Engineer to gain insight into the history of the site and local knowledge about the area and the jurisdictional approval processes.


• Call and/or meet with city to determine entitlement process. Outline approval timelines to inform your purchase negotiations for contingency and extensions.


• Visit the site to observe and record the characteristics of the site and surrounding area.


• Analyse vehicular circulation around and access to the site.


• Evaluate climate, solar exposure, prevailing winds, etc.


By the end of the meeting, you will have a list of priorities that will form the foundation of your master plan. Along with the visioning workshop we will also visit your current facility and complete a needs assessment. Like a feasibility study, a needs assessment examines:


• Code and accessibility compliance


• Mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems


• Utilities


• Use of space


After completing the visioning workshop and needs assessment, we will compile the data and create a list of priorities, starting with the most important.




• Colour Site Analysis Diagram.


• PDFs of all site information.


Masterplan Design:


• Develop multiple Masterplan concepts


• Delineate land uses, establish building size, massing, and parking requirements.


• Establish phases and design the site to respond to a logical phasing timeline.


• Present and review the master plan concepts with the Ownership team.


• Incorporate comments and complete the design.