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.
As architects, we act as the agent of the owner/client, and solicits bids from contractors. We can also advise the client in his or her decision process to select a contractor. Once signed, contract documents define the project. We help the client break down the submitted bids to make a true apples-to-apples comparison so that the client receives the best value and quality during construction. Negotiate any disputes between the contractor and the client that may arise and propose solutions to problems.
We serve as the agent of the client during construction to make sure the contractor and subcontractor are building faithfully to the drawings and specifications. We act as an independent, unbiased observer and advocate for the client when acting as a construction contract administrator. Inspect the building during a final walk-through to ensure that the building is complete enough to be occupied, and follow-up with contactor to address any remaining deficiencies. We advocate for our client’s interests in terms time, money, and quality control during construction.
Architects can take the extremely important role of helping clients go through various bureaucratic processes necessary for renovations or new constructions in New York and New Jersey. These include but are not limited to: Obtaining building permits and variances from the Department of Building. Architectural review and certificates of appropriateness with Historic District Landmarks Commission. Conducting feasibility studies. Obtaining certificates of occupancy for completed buildings.
Since 2000, James Chai Architect has been offering a full complement of knowledge / evidence-based services including planning, architecture, interior design for Healthcare, Dental, Multi-family, Commercial and Worship space market in New York metropolitan area. We are recognized as one of the regional leaders in the design of private owner’s healthcare & dental office facilities and our devotion to each client throughout the entire process of the project has been bringing remarkable results for our clients.
Our team begin each project by establishing a thorough understanding of our client’s particular needs and goals. Only then can we begin to generate informed, real-world possibilities reinforced by our wealth of experience, insight and proven methods while carefully meeting the budget goals established by the clients. Every project is an exciting journey we take on with you. There’s a degree of compassion, empathy and sensitivity that goes into every project that we touch. It is a deeper understanding, honed through relationships spanning decades. That’s what sets us apart.