Getting Started with High Density

The higher density configurator panel lets you select building presets, select unit databases, adjust the mix, unit average and parking as well as custom define units with the editor.

building typology 01 high density

To start using the High Density Configurator, you'll want to go through the steps below:

  1. Input the address of your site
  2. Define your site
  3. Select which preset you want to use
  4. Define your unit database
  5. Edit your unit mix
  6. Define your amenity space(s)
  7. Define your parking 


  • Presets - intended to save sets of parameters from the building input panel, rather than needing to manually adjust building options individually every time a new site is test-fitted
    • Within the higher density configurator, you have the following presets:
      • Donut - units wrapped around infill parking structure
      • Gurban - "Garden style urban" - urban units with surface parking
      • Podium - Upper level units over lower podium construction
      • Podium Fill - Podium parking filling the site with 5 story building above
      • Tower - Same as a podium, but 18 stories
      • Unparked - No parking on site
      • Wrap - Buildings surrounding structured parking
    • Within the presets, you'll get the layers below as defaults:
      • Zoning - Allows you to define the setbacks, and Zoning Profile
      • Deal - Define costs and revenue metrics
      • Units - Set unit types and mix, parking ratios, and dynamic unit parameters
      • Building - Define building parameters such as levels, floor-to-floor, and other options
      • Garage (or Parking for Gurban) - Define parking types, location, stall types and sizes, and circulation parameters
      • Verticals - Define stair, elevator, firewall, and core parameters
      • Amenity - Define type and size of amenity spaces
    • You can add new layer types by hitting the plus button in the bottom left of the Navigation Tree.

new layers

Selecting a Preset

To change your building preset at any time, hit the site in Project dropdown, and select the preset you wish to use.

NOTE: Changing presets will reset any parameters that have been adjusted.

Using a Unit Database:

Unit databases allow you to use pre-defined unit layouts. To access the Unit Database, to go  Units > dynamic units then select the unit database you want to use.

dynamic units

You can also define your own units by editing an existing unit database.

Adjusting the percentage of each unit being used:

You can change the mix of units by changing the weight or average of each unit. Changing weight will tell TestFit to try and hit the percentage of units, whereas changing the average will tell TestFit to try and hit the square footage for each unit type 

Adjusting the parking ratio:

Select the unit and enter in the parking ratio

parking ratio

Enabling dynamic end caps:

Enabling dynamic end caps can get a small efficiency bonus.