Process

Our success is driven by constant attention to the client’s needs and producing results that are economically viable, efficient, sustainable, flexible and embody aesthetic quality. A robust business approach to our problem solving methods and excellence in personal, professional service are hallmarks to our work methods and underpin our creativity. Whilst these objectives appear simple, we employ rigorous and thorough research on all of our project commitments. Architecture today is a complex business; each project is a unique response to client instructions and the risks can be formidable if not effectively managed. In response to these risks, we invest heavily in effective third party certified quality control systems and cutting edge computer based technology and our practice is at the forefront of BIM technology utilising Revit and Navisworks software. We believe the creative success of design can in fact be measured by its ability to improve life amenity, enhance business, create community value and generate aesthetic quality while providing the client with outstanding value for money.

BIM
Thomson Rossi have fully embraced Building Information Modelling (BIM) as the preferred tool for the design and documentation of all our projects and successfully used Autodesk 3D REVIT software since 2006. Our office utilises BIM on 100% of our projects and is fully committed to pushing new boundaries in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). Our knowledge of Autodesk REVIT allows us to include management of the architectural BIM model and its relationship to other collaborating consultants and involves template development to meet project outcomes with our own content and workset creation.

We believe there are significant advantages to the design and construction process offered by full implementation of 3D modelling, no matter how small or large the project. The true advantages of this work method arrive when more information is embedded in the 3D model. With the integration of structural and services 3D input, the model becomes a virtual building which then allows sophisticated analysis techniques for visualisation, sequencing of construction, clash detection and auditing for model integrity. The BIM methodology is the ideal way to model services and structural interfaces to achieve tight timeframes and the collaborative nature of the process allows prompt resolution of design and construction issues.

ESD
Positioned at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment Thomson Rossi, take a positive approach to design by fostering collaboration, open-mindedness and integration.  Driven by consideration of people, environment and life cycle costs, we strongly advocate that sustainability and commercial pragmatism can beneficially co-exist. We work collaboratively with our clients to find the right balance between initial investment and long term return.  Lower running costs can be achieved by adopting a passive building design approach, energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, or even renewable energy technologies, into the building.   Ultimately, the success of a project is measured by how well the entire project achieves the client’s requirements, not whether individual aspects are successful. Our cooperative approach and experience in working proactively with all disciplines and stakeholders, and provision of cost-effective and practical, energy and environmental solutions, will contribute to the success of the whole project

Thomson Rossi is committed to Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and our office actively pursues opportunities to deliver Architecture at the cutting edge of Sustainable Design. As Architects, we have a unique opportunity to influence sustainable outcomes in an industry that contributes significantly to the imbalance between our use of resources, and the ability of the environment to sustainably support this continued use. Our influence goes far beyond the impact of particular designs or buildings, with the potential for far reaching social change in our understanding of the relationship between people and the environment. The road to sustainability therefore encompasses a range of issues that are much wider than the design of specific building elements, or the selection of materials; rather they go to the root of decisions to build a new facility, or to refurbish existing stock. Our office is actively involved in a range of ESD decisions that commence at our earliest involvement and broadly extends across six categories of interest:

  1. Management
  2. Indoor Environment Quality
  3. Energy
  4. Water
  5. Materials
  6. Emissions

As an indication of our level of commitment to ESD, our own Commercial Offi ce & Studio conversion here in Adelaide has recently achieved a 5.5 NABERS Energy Rating (6 = Market Leading Performance), subsequently leading to a CitySwitch 2012 Signatory of the Year for South Australia

Award and Cityswitch Signatory of the Year SA in the 2013 Cityswitch National Awards.

Risk
We have substantial experience in projects involving a high degree of inherent complexities and associated risks. As an integral partner in project leadership, we take a primary role in both identifying and mitigating those risks. Our office utilises a Risk Assessment Matrix to identify and prioritise the consequences and likelihood of detrimental events. These events range from risks during the planning/documentation phase (scope changes, budget over-runs etc.), to physical or unforseen events on site (latent conditions, soil contamination etc).Given our desire to explore innovation and value, it is essential that the design team is equipped to support and thoroughly test ideas and concepts before committing to reality. Thomson Rossi’s key personnel have the experience to ask the right questions and eliminate functional risks to the environments our clients wish to achieve.