A valuable first step in facility planning is the Programming Phase. Programming can be a stand alone task, providing documentation in regards to next step planning.. Pacific Cornerstone Architects uses a 6 step method to gain consistent results.. In general Pacific Cornerstone Architects will:

1. Research the project type
2. Establish goals and objectives
3. Gather relevant information
4. Identify strategies
5. Determine quantitative requirements
6. Summarize the program

Program Summary is typically deliverable of a Level 1 program document and often a graphic representation of that summary.