Our architects meet with clients and together we define the purpose and basic requirements for the building. We provide pre-design services such master planning and historic research on existing building or building site. General design ideas, or concepts, are presented and developed with client feedback into schematic design, which provides a rough sketch how the building will be organized and what the building will look like. This process ensures that the building requirements are clearly understood well before construction documents are produced. We help the client make the most informed decision possible from the very beginning of the project, as well as we help the client identify opportunities, cost savings, and extra value in the project.
Once a scheme is chosen by the client, the rough sketch is developed into a working set of plans and elevations. Such drawings give a general sense of what the final building will include and give a rough idea of cost. Through design development drawings, our architects arrange to have structural, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing engineers join the design team, and help the client and contractor get a clear grasp what the building will be before the final contract documents. This opportunity for review can make a big difference in helping the client understand the size, quality, and cost of a project before the contract documents are completed, so that any necessary changes can be made to the drawings prior to construction.
Plans, elevations, and other drawings are refined to produce a set of drawings and specifications that will be used to erect the building. Our architects work with the client to select appropriate materials and finishes to ensure a high-quality final building. We will coordinate with other design consultants, such as civil, structural, or mechanical engineers, that may be needed for the project, depending on its complexity or as required by law. The drawings and specifications represent a legal definition of what the contractor will build, along with other documents produced during bidding, known collectively as the contract documents. A complete, full set of construction documents helps minimize unforeseen problems and cost overruns during construction.