A well thought out construction can be its own decoration.
~ Hans J. Wegner


Most design / construction aspects of the DTS Project House were thoroughly pre-planned and the planning documented in order to assure that the design intent of the DTS Project House was not compromised during the construction process. The site’s lack of access, steep slope, and confined area made this planning necessary so that construction decisions were not just expedient, but were always made in the interest of the architecture. In addition to the physical working parameters of the site, the design’s attempted integration of many competing design interests, functional requirements, and technological innovations necessitates pre-planning because every decision made affects other, sometimes unknown, aspects of the project. The best way to limit possible negative effects of decisions was to plan the construction and the construction process in sufficient detail to thoroughly expose the repercussions of initial design / construction decisions.

mills studio planned, documented and coordinated specific aspects of the project from excavation sequencing, concrete pour sequencing, concrete formwork and rebar shop drawings, to conduit plans, to structural steel Shop Drawings, to wood framing layout drawings, to metal stud framing layouts. The particular architecture of open spaces, exposed structure, and crafted details provides for a very unforgiving building that at the same time has extensive infrastructure requirements. There are no good options for incorporating forgotten infrastructure. Materials like exposed concrete and rammed earth where the finished product is dependent upon the construction process also do not provide opportunities for concealment. Thus, the incorporation of infrastructure and the construction process must be planned before executing on site. The extensive planning also helped meet LEED requirements by reducing waste on site since components were either fabricated or cut to fit off site.

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

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