How We Work
our design process
Programming is the foundation of the project. To help you articulate wants, needs and expectations, we discuss the purpose of the building and who will be using it, as well as the types of spaces that will need to service the occupants of the building. The type of design we develop will be greatly influenced by the necessities that the client specifies at this beginning stage.
In this phase, considerations detailed in the program for your project are converted into drawings. We generate multiple ideas to help you visualize different site & building options and cost comparisons. We will also discuss the features of the site that will influence the building, as well as what design decisions should be made in response.
Using the client chosen concept developed for the site and the building, all issues raised during programming, concepts, and schematic design are addressed and resolved during design development. Thought and careful study allow the architect and client to make final decisions based on a host of factors including cost, performance, appearance, and durability among others. During this phase the site plan and floor plans are fully resolved, and numerous detail issues are studied in order for decisions to be made. Elevations and other design issues are developed and addressed so the owner and architect are certain each has been the right decision.
The final design and documentation phase involves the creation of the construction/bid documents by which contractors will price and build the project. These documents present the appropriate information, both drawn and written, that allows the contractor to proceed with the construction of the project. They also provide engineering information about the structure of the building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety systems information that allow the building to be powered, conditioned and operate in a manner intended by the owner.
Just as design is important to the conception of a project, so is construction administration to its successful completion. Because every contractor’s experience, and interpretation of the construction/bid documents can be different, our continued involvement is critical in providing clarification of design intent. We review shop drawings and keep track of the overall progress of the project as it pertains to the owner/contractor agreement. If there are conflicts, we have time-honored methods of resolving them. This phase effectively completes the design process by delivering the project we and the owner have designed.