Steve Hevern CVE

Construction is a complex and difficult operation with potential risks at every turn.  Albeit, there is great personal and professional satisfaction in being part of a major venue building program.  Hence, if carefully planned and executed, there is no reason why the process of programming, design, construction, occupancy and maintaining a new or remodelled facility cannot be effective and efficient so that facility planners can enjoy the journey – for them to be able to take great pride and enjoyment out of knowing that they have been part of creating history with their involvement in the development of a facility that will be around for many years to come.

Learning Objectives

  • At the conclusion of this session, you will be able to:
  • Identify and explain the various phases in planning and designing public assembly facilities.
  • Explain and highlight the value of feasibility and demand studies, cost analyses, and return on investment.
  • Explain the essential nature and value of the programming, planning phase.
  • Explain relevant codes – including the BCA and NCC.
  • Articulate different ways of selecting a project architect and other design consultants on their relative merits.
  • Delineate the duties of the architect / design team and contractor, which can vary depending on the type of project delivery method prescribed.
  • Explain various methods of contracting including: design-bid-build; design & construct (D&C); Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) and Construction Management (CM).
  • Explain issues surrounding building completion and occupancy.
  • Discuss issues relative to building warranties and maintenance.


  • Funding the project
  • Feasibility studies/Business Plan
  • Brief development
  • Space requirements
  • Site requirements
  • Proposed budget
  • Project program
  • Development procedures, design criteria, codes
  • Design phase
  • Selection of the architect/design team
  •  Duties of the architect
  • Construction phase
  • Selection of the contractor
  • Duties of the contractor
  • Alternate forms of contracting
  • Construction begins
  • Occupancy
  • Time of completion
  • Furniture, fittings and equipment
  • Separate contracts
  • Test events
  • Warranties and maintenance
  • Duty of owner to maintain
  • Resolving defects with the building

Learning Activity

Define what a feasibility study is and identify the key ingredients pertaining to it.