Process by Phase
Our Process delivers architectural documents and services for each phase of work. A typical comprehensive “design-bid-build “project has 6 phases from start to finish. Other methods for delivery of built work include Integrated Design or an Architect and Builder team. See article written by Robert Cohen “Finding a Master Builder".
Pre-design and Schematic Design: Site and Building Analysis and Investigation: First, we document your property site and/or building with an Existing Conditions Survey. If you need a land surveyor will help you find one. Then we start site and building analysis and investigation. We’ll meet to determine your priorities, intentions and needs and record them in a program. This informs the schematic design; drawings and narrative define general scope, cost, scale, function, circulation and relationships of project components. We’ll also identify what parts of the site and/or building can be used, reused, removed or replaced and what is required for governmental approval in a zoning analysis.
Design Development Documents:
Second, we develop the design and scope of work based on schematic layout. Exterior and interior components and materials are defined from roof and cladding to windows and doors to millwork and floors. We compare initial pre-bid estimates, owner’s budget and other priorities for use in Phase III.
In this phase, We covert the design into precise engineered drawings and specifications for construction. Plans, and elevations are developed, with final color and finish material options. Here we coordinate quality, budget and schedule. A version of these drawing can be used to obtain a work permit, and other required government approvals.
We will bid your project and help you evaluate and select general contractors. We collect bids based on the construction documents for the proposed construction.
In this phase, we watch out for the client’s best interest from start to finish of the construction. We do this by coordinating the general contractor; answer contractor’s questions, conduct meetings once a week or as required to monitor and inspect the progress and quality of construction. This includes preparation of the final punch list of items to be completed.
Move in and Project Manual:
The last step is move in and delivery of a project manual providing info on specified products and equipment for associated service and maintenance.