The Vision for your project may be a single clear and specific statement or a casual series of ideas that make up your wish-list. This vision, however, is the core principle and the benchmark for a successful design. At the outset of your project, I help you develop and maintain your vision from our initial meetings throughout the construction process.  Each client and project is unique and I tailor my services to your specific vision and needs. 

At the outset of any new project, it is important for the architect and client to discuss the client’s vision and goals and what is feasible for the site, budget and schedule.  This preliminary phase of Planning and Pre-Design includes all aspects of the planning process and may include the review of zoning ordinances, code analysis, discussions with local and state building officials, goal-setting for green and sustainable design if desired, and the preparation of documentation and drawings for planning applications and hearings.  By the end of this phase, the client and design team can make decisions about the feasibility of the project and move forward with confidence about it’s completion and success.

Schematic Design establishes the intent, size, relationships and the overall conceptual design of your project and is a direct extension of early goal and vision setting. The goal of this phase is to formulate clearly defined concepts to present for discussion, revision, and approval. Using rough sketches and diagrams and rudimentary 3D models, the strategy is to clarify the project program, evaluate the impact of coding and zoning research and to explore the most promising alternative design solutions. Client involvement is crucial during this phase to ensure that their project vision and intentions are well articulated and developed.  The work shall be sufficient to use as a basis for pre-application review with planning officials and building officials, if necessary.  Initial contact and dialogue with other project consultants begins during this phase.

 

Design Development expands upon the schematic design, refining and cultivating creative solutions to project specific goals and delves into greater architectural detail, materials, and building systems. The goal is to refine the project size, aesthetics, principal components and details. During the Design Development phase, drawings typically consist of site and floor plans, exterior elevations, building sections, key details, window and door schedules and revised computer renderings.

Construction Documents are used to price, bid and build your project and are often referred to as “blueprints”. They establish in detail the quality of materials and building systems required for completing the project to obtain the project cost and contract. Construction Documents encompass concise drawings, descriptions, dimension and annotations for the entire project. During this phase, drawings typically consist of site plans, floor plans, foundation plans, roof plans, framing plans, exterior and interior elevations, building sections, wall sections, exterior and interior construction details, schedules, electrical and lighting plans and specifications and include all other consultant drawings, calculations and specifications as needed.

Bidding and Negotiation is about hiring the contractor and typically involves creating a list of potential builders, assisting with interviews, comparing proposals, negotiating terms with the final contractor and assist with hiring sub-contractors as needed.

 

Construction Contract Administration involves the review of the contractor’s requests for information, requests for payment and change orders, regular field visits and providing supplemental information. The goal is to ensure quality with the design intent, budget, schedule, and craftsmanship throughout the process. I am the client’s representative, advocate, and point of contact throughout construction.