Work Process

Chances are your company has very well defined processes that need to be followed when embarking on a significant project such as a new control building or control room. BAW Architecture has its own well-defined control room design processes—down to how we pick carpet colors—but more than that, we are adaptable. We are extremely adept at accommodating the established processes of the firms with whom we partner, such as Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil, Fluor, and Honeywell.

To boil it down to its very essence, our work process looks like this:

  • Client Needs
  • Direction
  • Design
  • Coalescence
  • Value

Step 1

Establish Client Needs

Our first priority is to listen and understand, then to validate and articulate your unique, actual needs. This is not a passive process, because oftentimes a client does not know what it needs to achieve its goal. With your input, we will decide together which objectives are in your interest.

Step 2

Envision Direction

This phase of the process engages the imagination and the intellect on both a macro and a micro level. The big picture begins to emerge, while the fine detail is simultaneously being hammered out. Experience and historical precedence inform the direction, while unique, customized and new elements specific to your company are incorporated.

Step 3


The design phase is an iterative process involving schematics, 3-renderings, drawings, video or other conceptualizations of what the end product will look like. Your feedback is actively solicited and integrated into each new iteration. When you sign off, you will have a clear understanding of what the future building or room will look like, and how it will function, down to the finest detail.

Step 4


Convergence starts to happen. Everything up to this point begins to come together and the design begins to answer its own questions. It takes on a life of its own, and the design manifests. When this phase is complete a set of construction documentation is delivered.

Step 5


The last phase in the work process is the outcome, and by value we mean two things: return on investment for you, and a building that is intrinsically valuable to all those who work there. ROI comes standard, because well-designed control buildings increase performance and decrease the chance of abnormal situation escalation. Intrinsic value means that the building will not only be functional and relevant to your needs, it will be meaningful. Because buildings impact people’s lives on the most fundamental level—they way they think, move and behave; whether they feel a sense of optimism and competence; whether the space instills pride. At BAW it is our mission to leave meaningful architecture that lasts, is valuable, and improves the human condition.

I would like to thank [the] teams for all the hard work and effort you have put in to achieve this important milestone for the project.

Regulatory Affairs Manager