Table 4: Project requirements section categories of decision support criteria.

Category 1: economic feasibility

DescriptionAssessing the cost effectiveness of the design and material alternatives for the renovation and considering items that impact the economics of the project
ElementsOverall project scope, construction material cost, construction methods, and economics of sustainable design

Category 2: evaluation of capacity

Description Performing an assessment to determine if the desired building will meet requirements of capacity
Elements Power, water, telecommunications, storm water, waste water, water filtration, sanitary sewer, parking areas, roads, construction access, ambulance access, and medical facilities

Category 3: existing building

Description Rating the level of effort required to address the existing building
Elements Layout, capacity to accommodate desires, structural grid, and structural integrity

Category 4: existing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems

Description Assessing the level of effort to address the existing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems
Elements Heating and cooling systems, large motors, thermal distribution, water heating, water cooling, lighting fixtures, lighting controls, meters, electrical circuits, and plumbing fixtures and connections

Category 5: existing exterior features

Description Rating the level of effort to address building envelope features both for demolition and for renovation.
Elements Windows, doors, insulation, roofing, underground utilities, embedded structures, and archeological survey

Category 6: existing interior equipment

Description Identifying the utility impact of equipment, moveable furnishings, and desired built-ins and the resulting level of work effort required for each
Elements Moveable furniture, kitchen equipment, medical equipment, material handling, partitions, and refurbished items