• Project Process

    The design process, as presented elsewhere in this website, is but one of the many steps in developing an architectural project and having it built. The steps listed below allow our design philosophy and design process to culminate in built projects that achieve the greatest level of success in meeting the goals set out by us and our clients. It is a complicated process involves a great deal of interaction between the architect and the client – reciprocally listening and educating.

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  • Pre Design

    • Develop scope of work and definition of responsibilities – the contract
    • Create a program of design intent
    • Establish project management parameters – budget, square footage target and schedule
    • Client obtains critical documentation – survey, soils report, CCR’s, and plat restrictions
    • Perform complete code review and analysis
    • Visit the site and perform a thorough site analysis

  • Schematic Design

    • Determine the most critical issues to which the design must respond
    • Create and review spatial relationship diagrams
    • Explore various plan and form concepts through design sketches, models, and other media
    • Estimate construction costs
    • Work together to refine the ideas and needs of the client, project, and architect

  • Design Development

    • Refine the design, and develop more detailed plans and elevations
    • Create structural concepts
    • Create additional section and detail drawings
    • Seek relationship with a contractor, obtain an estimate of construction costs
    • Determine and research key materials and finishes
    • Client begins process of visiting showrooms to select fixtures and appliances

  • Construction Documents

    • Create detailed drawings and specifications that describe each aspect of the project- these will become part of the construction contract with the builder.
    • A basic set of construction documents is used for permit application. Additional details are completed in order to establish the final construction drawings for determining cost.
    • At completion of this phase, the client and general contractor enter into an agreement.

  • Contractor Selection

    • If a builder is involved throughout the design process, a contract for construction can be negotiated directly.
    • Otherwise, a selected group of pre-qualified builders prepare competitive bids. The bids are reviewed by the client and architect, and a selection is made.

  • Construction

    • Finalize the documents for construction
    • The Architect’s role continues as a construction contract administrator representing the client.
    • Administrator duties include: drawing interpretation, review of construction progress with respect to the design intent, and reviewing contractor’s applications for payment.
    • As the architect is an observer of the construction, the contractor is solely responsible for supervising and directing the construction work.
    • At the end of the project the architect completes a punch list and verifies substantial completion.

  • Project Process

    The design process, as presented elsewhere in this website, is but one of the many steps in developing an architectural project and having it built. The steps listed below allow our design philosophy and design process to culminate in built projects that achieve the greatest level of success in meeting the goals set out by us and our clients. It is a complicated process involves a great deal of interaction between the architect and the client – reciprocally listening and educating.

    Click below for next slide...

  • Pre Design

    • Develop scope of work and definition of responsibilities – the contract
    • Create a program of design intent
    • Establish project management parameters – budget, square footage target and schedule
    • Client obtains critical documentation – survey, soils report, CCR’s, and plat restrictions
    • Perform complete code review and analysis
    • Visit the site and perform a thorough site analysis

  • Schematic Design

    • Determine the most critical issues to which the design must respond
    • Create and review spatial relationship diagrams
    • Explore various plan and form concepts through design sketches, models, and other media
    • Estimate construction costs
    • Work together to refine the ideas and needs of the client, project, and architect

  • Design Development

    • Refine the design, and develop more detailed plans and elevations
    • Create structural concepts
    • Create additional section and detail drawings
    • Seek relationship with a contractor, obtain an estimate of construction costs
    • Determine and research key materials and finishes
    • Client begins process of visiting showrooms to select fixtures and appliances

  • Construction Documents

    • Create detailed drawings and specifications that describe each aspect of the project- these will become part of the construction contract with the builder.
    • A basic set of construction documents is used for permit application. Additional details are completed in order to establish the final construction drawings for determining cost.
    • At completion of this phase, the client and general contractor enter into an agreement.

  • Contractor Selection

    • If a builder is involved throughout the design process, a contract for construction can be negotiated directly.
    • Otherwise, a selected group of pre-qualified builders prepare competitive bids. The bids are reviewed by the client and architect, and a selection is made.

  • Construction

    • Finalize the documents for construction
    • The Architect’s role continues as a construction contract administrator representing the client.
    • Administrator duties include: drawing interpretation, review of construction progress with respect to the design intent, and reviewing contractor’s applications for payment.
    • As the architect is an observer of the construction, the contractor is solely responsible for supervising and directing the construction work.
    • At the end of the project the architect completes a punch list and verifies substantial completion.