WE PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN EVERY STEP OF THE ARCHITECTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.
The development of any design requires knowledge of the scope of work and the intended function of a space. Our job is to offer recommendations and establish programmatic requirements. Through a series of discussions, programming allows the client to closely interact with the design professional by contributing their ideas and ambitions.
We ensure that this is a collaborative effort by maintaining open lines of communication among all those involved. We will gather all information from the user of the space which would entail their challenges with the space, its daylighting, air quality, equipment, lack of utilities, etc. This phase also includes the establishment of a preliminary budget to guide the Schematic Design.
We must first photograph, measure and confirm the existing conditions of the building structure and site. We will enter the data found on site along with your survey information into Auto CAD. These existing condition drawings will serve as the basis for any design work to follow.
The Schematic Design is a hand-drawn sketch site plan, floor plans and exterior elevations which captures the basic concepts of design and establishes the spatial relationships. We explore options to satisfy the clients needs for functionality, usability, code compliance, security, safety, aesthetics, etc.
The Schematic Design also includes a description of the building systems such as structural, mechanical, HVAC, plumbing and electrical as determined through careful discussion with the client. This is an important step to ensure that we are implementing cost saving solutions prior to moving into the Design Development Phase.
Design Development is the process of developing schematic design sketches into computer-aided drafts to precisely layout all floor plans, elevations, and site plans. These drawings will show the size and character of the project. Building areas and volumes shall be fixed in this phase.
This provides the client with a sense of what the final building will include and a rough idea of the final cost. This phase gives the client the opportunity to make minor changes before we develop Construction Documents.
Construction Documents illustrate the products, systems, quantities, configurations, and specifications that reflect the client’s intent for the project.
Construction Documents include a set of architectural drawings and structural drawings with enough detail for a contractor to construct the project. These detailed plans are used for permitting by the building department and for Bidding and Contract Negotiation.
BIDDING + CONTRACT NEGOTIATION
Depending on the nature of the project, we will issue the Construction Documents for pricing by a preselected general contractor or several general contractors for competitive bidding.
During this stage, we provide counsel to the client in identifying the most appropriate contractor and we will collaborate with the client in a critical examination of the different bids.
Through our examination of the bids, we will evaluate alternative products and material substitutions proposed by the contractor and collaborate on the most efficient project delivery method.
Once the client has entered into a contractual agreement with a contractor, we oversee the construction of the project to ensure that the project is built in accordance with design specifications and quality standards. We accomplish this through regularly scheduled site walk-throughs and meetings with the contractor.
3D Imagery and Illustration Renderings
For those who need help bringing their visions to life, we are happy to offer three-dimensional hand-drawn or computerized imagery of designs. This can range anywhere from a series of lines, to a near-photo-realistic rendering.
Sustainability and Energy Use/Production Analysis and Design
Embedded in our design process is our commitment to providing healthy spaces for our client and for our environment. Through our implementation of LEED™ design principles, we are always striving to make spaces that are high performance and cost-effective in energy consumption. With extensive experience in including various green building features such as rainwater harvesting systems and rooftop solar panel arrays we are proud to be able to make your home part of the low carbon future.
Accessibility Reviews and Design
We regularly include design features to accommodate the wide spectrum of human life. We engage universal design through such features as ramps, grab bars, widened doorways, and even residential elevators. We embrace universal design in both our new builds and in modifying existing structures.
Feasibility Study (with Cost Estimating)
Architects are often called upon to be problem-solvers. With a Feasibility Study, we are able to offer solutions for a diversity of issues that may arise for your project. Whether you would like to change the use of a structure or property, or need a zoning study to ensure compliance with local zoning codes, we develop creative solutions that will help you meet your project goal.
Building codes are constantly evolving with new technology to comply with health and safety standards. Our expertise in design that meets local, state, and federal codes and regulations makes us well equipped to ensure projects are built in accordance with applicable codes for the safety and wellbeing of its occupants.