Planning and Design

From the first discussions to the opening celebration of a project, CSS is a valuable resource for assessment, planning, design development, scheduling and fundraising. For every endeavor, the Studio can generate a range of creative solutions to work within the budget while attaining quality and longevity.

Conrad Schmitt Studios works hand-in-hand with owners, architects, interior design firms and consultants to create and restore some of the most ornate interiors and significant artwork in the U.S. Every one of these projects, large and small, is unique and possesses its own set of individual needs. The early involvement of the decorative arts contractor can contribute to the ease and success of the process. When requested, CSS also serves as the general contractor for projects, specifying, coordinating and supervising all of the necessary work for outstanding results.

Many projects begin with the selection of representatives from the church, theatre or building who will shepherd the effort from start to finish. CSS can assist in defining the goals and outlining the parameters and priorities of the project. The Studio contributes to the process of needs assessment, particularly with regard to the interior finishes, artwork, windows and other issues that affect these (such as insulation, tuckpointing and lighting).

After the project goals are outlined, the Studio sheds light on the advantages of various approaches and products. Opportunities for innovative and cost-effective solutions are presented. For a decorative project, if the building is to be restored to an original or previous decorative scheme, an investigative paint analysis should be considered to identify that period of decoration.

Once background information is gathered, a project’s scope can be fine-tuned and a master plan that includes budgetary estimates and timetables can be assembled. Scheduling to accommodate the functional needs of the facility is discussed to best plan around performances, holidays and ceremonies.
The next step, fundraising, is often the most challenging and time-consuming. CSS can facilitate the process in a variety of ways. The creation of renderings that illustrate the vision of the proposed decoration or artwork is one tool that can have a significant impact. Onsite samples for decorating projects or glass samples for art glass commissions provide a glimpse of the exciting possibilities. Identifying opportunities for recognizing donors; conducting research on available grants; and, the creation of material for printed fundraising pieces are other areas where the Studio can provide assistance.

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