Differences in personality, problem-solving process, background, and work experience all contribute to companies having a wide variety of viewpoints. Without a unifed version for a company, its future direction can be uncertain and its productivity could suffer. Context Design Group’s unique Facility Programming Process is a proven method for building consensus at the management level, project level, as well as your entire organization. This process is unlike any other in the industry and allows us to quickly identify issues that are critical to the success of your project.


We can help your company to verbalize its business, operational, and facility goals in our Goal-Setting Sessions. Open discussions and productive dialogues help your company defne its priorities and formulate “big picture” goals. The information covered during the Goal-Setting Session is organized in four categories:

Function: including process, people, activities, and relationships

Form: including facility, quality, and the social/psychological environment

Economy: addressing cost, scheduling, and effciency

Time: entailing historical aspects, present conditions, and future projections

Because no two companies are identical, Context Design Group customizes its Programming process to suit the needs of your business. Pre-Programming questionaires and Data Collection interviews allow our team to quickly gain insight into your company’s operations and extract critical technical information that is essential to the success of your project. Context knows the value of shop-floor experience and challenges every meeting participant to contribute his/her ideas openly. Key information from the data collection interviews is recorded graphically to create a living body of information for the project and serves to:

Establish GOALS - categorized in Function, Form, Economy, and Time headings that typically cover all aspects and values associated with design projects for both the business itself and the project.

Collect, organize, and analyze known FACTS -project related pieces of information, which the design team is expected to deal with during the progress of the project.

Uncover and test CONCEPTS - ideas and thoughts on new ways to do things, or possible solutions to specifc problems, which should be considered by the team in development of design concepts to achieve fnal solutions to project requirements.

Determine the NEEDS - project specifc requirements, which have to be accomplished by the design team in order to provide a successful solution for the project.

Identify and track ISSUES - these are displayed throughout the process and discussed at various stages of the project to determine focused groups, which will be dedicated to resolve issues before the next phase of the project.

The result of Context’s unique Facility Programming Process is a complete understanding of the problem at hand.


The information from the Programming Sessions is documented in the Project Information Manual and serves as a road map for the entire design process. By examining process, operational, administrative, facility, and business issues simultaneously, Context can help your company defne their business and operational goals, create a sense of unity among your team and clearly identify the key issues for your project.