PROGRAMMING

  • Develop a detailed summary of required program spaces to be utilized in the new design. Create an inventory list of furniture that may be relocated from the current location. Determine design approach and project schedule. Compare building types and existing facility designs for successes and failures. Review existing conditions, program wish list, budget and governmental regulations.

ZONING RESEARCH

  • Compute existing, allowed and proposed zoning data to begin the development of the Schematic Design phase. Zoning data and planning will include proposed setbacks, septic system locations, wetland set backs and boundaries, building and property line information, allowable coverage, floor area ratios, allowable height, existing/proposed floor elevations and existing site structures to remain/be removed.

BUILDING & SITE ANALYSIS EVALUATION

  • Evaluate existing site conditions (utilities, topography and structures) based on presented field data, A-2 Surveys and programming information. Coordinate and review site planning design with local zoning departments. Based on our analysis of the existing and proposed site conditions a conceptual building footprint may be presented for approval indicating all related site features. Evaluate, plan, and analyze buildings, structures, facilities and/or sites. Solve design / future development questions related to the location, individual needs and finances. Integrate the client's wish list with a holistic design process to form site plans. Develop building placement on each site by integrating long range plans with the immediate wish list. Phase master plans for completion over time that meet the proposed budget.

 

AS-BUILT DOCUMENTATION & SURVEYS

  • Verify and measure existing conditions. Prepare a CAD set of “as-built” conditions inclusive of floor plans and exterior elevations based on our site investigation and Owner presented information.

 

BUDGETING

  • Coordinate preliminary budget estimates and construction timetable with a General Contractor.

 

SCHEMATIC DESIGN

  • Preliminary Sketch: rough basic design drawings in ink, pencil or other medium. Address preliminary layout requirements for program, schedule and construction budgets. Solve problems such as circulation and traffic patterns, space relationships and functions. Find and review alternative approaches to design and construction.

 

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

  • Create drawings and other documents that describe the size and character of the project regarding Architectural, structural, mechanical systems, electrical systems, materials and any other elements as appropriate. This includes selection of fixtures, material finishes and furnishings. Develop perspective drawings by computer imaging from sketches to detail 3D views.

 

 CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

  • Develop drawing plans, elevations, sections, details, and written specifications for construction. Provide information for bidding contractors and conditions of the contract. Obtain and coordinate approvals from each government regulatory agency. File documents addressing issues for applications or variance requests with code consultants. Insure documents comply with government requirements: building, fire, and handicapped laws.

 

 MATERIAL & CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS

  • Assist in the coordination of finish selection to include, but not be limited to, all owner supplied items, plumbing fixtures, hardware, specialty lighting fixtures, tile flooring, kitchen cabinetry & counters, appliances, specialty millwork etc.

BID NEGOTIATIONS

  • Assist in the bidding and negotiation process by reviewing the documents with contractors, chosen by you, to arrive at a fixed cost of construction. Assist in the development of a contract between the owner and the selected contractor.

 

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

  • Monitor progress and quality of the work with regular construction meetings. Inspect work to make sure it is completed according to the documents. Provide lists of appropriate general contractors and their sub-contractors. Request bids for consideration. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of each candidate to achieve desired results. Obtain bids or negotiated proposals. Award contracts and prepare for construction. Watch over project construction and installation at the site until completion. Check shop drawings for proper execution.

 

PROJECT CLOSE OUT

  • Submission of As-built Record drawings of how the project was constructed. Develop maintenance manuals for cleaning, maintenance, repair, or future replacement.

THE DESIGN PROCESS

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