Often clients don’t know where to start, or if their project is even possible. Dana can meet with you to talk about your options. Maybe it is assessing an existing structure, determining if the location is right for you, helping establish a project budget and preliminary drawings to get you funded, construction administration, or so much more. Not sure? Just ask…
Here is a list of potential services:
This list will hopefully provide two purposes. One to give you an idea of the scope of work that falls under the title “Architect,” and second, to help you determine the order and process of the adventure we are about to embark upon. In most cases our Architect will help you with all of these tasks, but in some cases you may only need one. That’s fine, too.
*Master planning – Planning long term goals can be crucial.
*Facility Study – Know your space has more potential, but don’t know how?
*Cost Estimating – Need a number for the bank? This provides you with a preliminary direction.
*Programming – This process evaluates your needs, and puts together a list of spaces, ideal sizes, and their relationship to each other. This is the foundation to your design.
*Planning and Design – This is so much more than just getting you a custom structure. It is making sure that you will be able to meet your goals. Dana can help you determine if the property is right for you before you even purchase it. She can help you document and build a budget for proper funding; determine what team of Engineers and Consultants we might need and pull them together; program your space needs, then this all leads to getting a custom designed home or facility.
*3D Imaging – This is used during the design process to you get a visual of your new space. Or maybe you need it to present to an investor, or review board?
*Construction Documents – Once you have done all of that preliminary work with or without an Architect on board, it is time to pull together working drawings and specifications. Once completed these should tell the General Contractor and his subcontractors all they need to know about how to get the project move in ready.
*Interiors – The design doesn’t stop with the building spaces. Your Architect can select your finishes, fixtures, materials, colors, furniture, and equipment.
*Finding a Contractor – In many cases it is very beneficial to work with both your Architect and your Builder from the beginning. But if it is time to bid your project and you don’t have a General Contractor yet, this is when we can get some competitive bids.
*Construction Administration – This provides Architect oversight during the process of construction. It helps the Owner make sure that the project meets it’s goals, and helps the Contractor satisfy their client. It includes job site meetings and reviews, pay application and schedule reviews, review od shop drawings and submittals, responding to owner and contractor questions for clarification or changes and more.
Record Drawings or As-Builts – Changes happen during construction for any list or reasons. Keeping record of this is very helpful in the event future additions or reconstruction are desired. A set of drawings as the building was actualy built once everything is done is an additional service offered on all projects. Alternatively, sometimes a client just wants their building documented as it is for any list or reasons. This is a pretty simple and quick process.
*Consulting – For Dana this most often comes in the form of determining if the project has what it needs to grow, and whether it would be best to add on, renovate, or build new. She can usually help you put those numbers together fairly quickly. Consulting can also take on a more unfortunate roll as a third party advisor in the event of a project gone wrong between other entities.