concept options and zero-in on the best concept strategy. The discussion can include an
assessment of the fit between the pro g ram and various design approaches, siting and
urban design issues, major spatial and architectural features, and an evaluation of special
concerns related to such topics as structure or sustainability. The goal is not to generate
a final endorsement or re s o l ve specific problems but to have a candid professional
conversation identifying design directions that will best meet GSA's objectives and the
needs of the customer.
For new construction, the venue for this review is usually the lead designer's office. Fo r
major R&A, modernization, and preservation projects, this review should be held in the
community where the existing facility is located so that peers have the option of visiting
the site and the building.
This review is convened by the Chief Architect and involves three national peers--including
the peer that participated in the A/E Selection process. Observers, if any, should be kept
to an absolute minimum. The meeting is intended as a constructive discussion among
p rofessional stakeholders and not a presentation. The presence of observers discourages
candid dialogue. In this context, there should be time for the national peers to meet
p r i vately to flesh out and org a n i ze their comments.
As is the case for all design reviews, the schedule should be handled through the OCA
Center for Design Excellence and the Arts with six weeks advance notice in order to confirm
the participation of the national peer invo l ved in the A/E selection and allow the Center
to appoint and confirm the participation of two other highly qualified national peers.
FINAL CONCEPT PEE R REVIEWS
This review should be scheduled as the final design concept is well developed in terms of
form, structure, major systems, and materials. At the same time, these decisions should