The ultimate aim is not only to build good buildings, but also to ensure that the right buildings are built to meet the requirements of all stakeholders, particularly the end users.

Our Clients: Our Clients

THE DQI HAS ALREADY BEEN APPLIED TO OVER 900 PROJECTS BY MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE. OVER 700 PROJECTS HAVE REGISTERED WITH THE ONLINE TOOL SINCE THE LAUNCH OF THE DQI IN 2002. THE DQI TOOL IS BEING USED THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT LIFE CYCLE, FROM INCEPTION THROUGH DESIGN AND ONCE BUILDINGS ARE IN USE.

DQI USA is introducing the DQI to strategic users in the U.S. A major international hotel brand is using the tool on a portfolio of its hotels and New York City is adopting it as a mandatory step in the procurement of city-owned buildings (libraries, police stations, court buildings, etc). In addition, the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services is working on a proposal to utilize the In-Use version of DQI on a variety of its facilities.

Approximately 75% of projects using the DQI are from the public sector and just under half of these projects are new and refurbished schools. The use on schools led to the development of a specific version of the DQI for use with schools. The DQI is also being used on office buildings, other education projects, cultural buildings, civic buildings and increasingly on housing.

DQI USA’s first large-scale client, New York City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), resulted in the adoption of the DQI as a required step in the DDC’s design process. The DQI was first administered to over 300 Respondents on $320 million worth of DDC’s public building projects. An excerpt from the text of the resulting press release is as follows:

“The Design Quality Indicator (DQI) is being applied to US$320 million worth of public building projects in New York City, by New York City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC).

These projects are being facilitated by Goran Lukic, who trained as a DQI facilitator in April this year. Goran is the first person from outside the UK on the CIC register of DQI facilitators.

Commissioner David Burney, head of the DDC, became aware of the DQI tool after he was contacted by Goran and his colleagues who thought the tool would help them involve stakeholders and deliver better design quality in their current projects. Initially the DDC is applying the tool to 35 projects from police stations, firehouses, libraries, clinics, and museums over the next year. The use of the DQI tool in New York will build on the 700 projects which have, or are currently, using the tool in the UK.”

PUBLIC SECTOR

Within the public sector, DQI USA is working with clients that are federal, state, county, and local agencies that could use the DQI to improve design standards and reduce procurement costs of buildings in their jurisdiction.

PRIVATE SECTOR

In the private sector, the Company is working with building owners who could use the DQI to evaluate real estate portfolios, based not solely upon financial statements but also upon design scores and the associated economic value accruing from better designed buildings.

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