Building With Thought. Why you need an OPR

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The final project should never be less than you expected. Save yourself from a disappointing surprise with an OPR.


Get What You Want With OPRThe pre-design phase of any building project, and the thought that goes into that project, are just as important as the final ribbon cutting ceremony. The Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) is typically developed during the pre-design phase of small, commercial, and healthcare facilities and is used as a basis from which all design, construction, acceptance, and operation decisions are made.


Have you ever tackled a building or construction project without an OPR?

We forgive you! Of course, we also encourage you to employ the OPR on all projects moving forward to save time, stress, and money.  

The Benefits of an OPR:

  • It is the primary tool for benchmarking success and quality at all phases of the project and throughout the life of the facility.
  • It is often modified during the design process as the owner’s objectives and criteria are refined.
  • It is available to the project team as “supplemental information available to bidders” but does not identify as the contract document to avoid the possibility of conflicting contract requirements.
  • Information about the project is gathered from the users and supplements the designers programming efforts.


People are busy and it is often difficult to get everyone in the same room focused on the same conversation. There’s an App for that! Here at Synergy, we created an app with a survey so your stakeholders and decision makers may participate in the OPR discussion on their own time:


Your Cx provider will work with you on your OPR. Why? It is critical for the Cx provider to have a defined approach to developing and maintaining the OPR which, in turn, guides your teams – from design, to construction, to facilities and more – from concept through your first year of operation.


The goal of the OPR is 4-fold, to make sure:

  1. the owner is delivered a project that is understood and meets their vision,
  2. the project integrates with the facility management team,
  3. the project includes an energy plan, and
  4. the project meets the owner’s long term facility capital needs.

Are you interested in learning more about an OPR for your next construction project? Reach out! We are happy to talk about the app, plus we are always willing to do an OPR workshop for your project or help you develop a working OPR.