Innovative thinking and problem resolution are critical requirements to complete a design and construction project on time and on budget. Our team uses its expertise and experience to carry your project successfully from pre-construction, through construction.
Schematic Design (SD)
Information that has been obtained from the client is used to create various design options for consideration. This is usually done with sketches and other graphic presentation materials to help the client visualize the different directions the project could take. Preliminary cost estimates are provided at this time to help ensure the selected design does not exceed the client’s budget.
Design Development (DD)
Once a schematic design has been agreed upon it is further refined by working through requested modifications and necessary revisions to make the design function properly. Cost estimates that were established during the SD phase are revised to reflect any changes that have been made.
Construction Documents (CD)
By this point a final design has been established and the preparation of drawings, notes, and technical specifications necessary for bidding, construction, and permit application begins. Contractors use these detailed drawings and specifications to prepare for the next phase in the architectural design process.
Bidding & Negotiations
We are able to assist the client in developing a list of qualified contractors and help assemble comprehensive “bid packages” for the bidders to review and submit pricing on. Our architects can also assist in reviewing submitted bids, provide analysis, and help the client compare costs from the various bidders. We ensure the contractors being considered for the construction project are reading the plans and specifications correctly and are providing an accurate bid for the project.
Once a contractor has been selected and work begins, the final phase of the architectural design process, construction administration, commences. It is during this phase the architect helps administer the construction process to assure conformance with design intent and the client’s vision. During the course of construction, site visits are conducted at pre-determined intervals at which time various issues can be addressed and proper direction provided.