Consultation services can range from pre-purchase evaluation to onsite solutions-oriented brainstorming and beyond. This service is considered pre-design and can be incorporated into architectural design services or as a stand-alone service.
The feasibility study service is for people who are unsure if the project that they want to explore is even realistic from a “can it be done” perspective. In most cases, this type of service is directly related to what is allowed per town or city zoning, and some beginning level research is the first in understanding the project’s feasibility.
Schematic Design Starter
The schematic design starter has become one of the more helpful tools for many of our clients. In many cases, the idea of going all in with limited knowledge of the process, the cost, or the schedule can be a bit unsettling. The SD starter is a great way to help get the goals and ideas documented in a way that allows potential builders to evaluate potential costs and schedule realities. Once completed this SD starter can roll directly into the remaining four phases of the architectural design process.
The full architectural design service, as explained below, is for the complete design service from initial concept through to construction completion.
Architectural Design Process
Phase I – Schematic Design
During this first step in the design process, we will help to organize thoughts and goals, create a program and list of requirements needed for each space, and to develop the budget and desired schedule/timeline for completion. Once these key points are established, we will begin to develop preliminary sketches for site integration, spatial organization, and the general design aesthetic. The remainder of the schematic design process will provide you with various solutions (or options) for the intended design, which may be presented as either two-dimensional drawings, three-dimensional computer renderings or a mixture of both. In addition to the visual description of the project, we will work together to develop the project’s written outline specification with more specific details, all of which will be used to determine the estimated construction budget. When everyone involved is confident that we have a design option that best fulfills the programmatic needs, design aesthetic and budget, we will move into the Design Development phase.
Phase II – Design Development
During this second phase of the design, we will finalize all the major decisions and begin exploring the details. Additional design is typically completed on a room-by-room basis using three-dimensional modeling software to clearly communicate ideas and intensions; all construction feasibility is initiated through building plans, sections and elevations using two-dimensional drawings. Building materials, finishes and fixtures are selected during this process and various schedules are prepared as part of the project document set. Necessary alterations to the outline specifications will be completed prior to moving into the Construction Documents phase.
Phase III – Construction Documents
With the design now finalized, we will use the previous drawings as the basis for the development of the Construction Drawings. All the required technical information (such as dimensions and notes) will be added to the drawings. Any remaining schedules will be completed, and a final revision of the outline specifications will be produced. At the end of the Construction Documents phase we will have a completed Project Manual (specifications and schedules) and Construction Drawings ready for bid.
Phase IV – Bidding & Negotiations
Upon completion of the Construction Documents, and client approval of the work to be completed, we will prepare a complete Bid Package. This package includes a complete set of Construction Documents (Construction Drawings and Project Manual) and the Bid Requirements (instructions, due date, etc.). A Bid Package will be issued to each selected bidder and collected for review on the scheduled due date. If negotiations are required during the bidding process, we will assist you, as necessary.
Phase V – Construction Observation
During the construction of your project, we will make scheduled site visits to ensure that construction is progressing as planned and that the project is being built in accordance with the prepared Construction Documents. We will work with the General Contractor to help keep the project on schedule and to aid in resolving any unexpected issues that may arise. When the project is close to completion, we will perform a “walk-through” with you to prepare a punch list of items that need to be completed or modified.