STRATEGY – LOGISTICS – TACTICS
In every project, we pursue a wide range of pre-design services that inform us and our clients of alternative concepts that lead into a more sustainable, viable and innovative approach to the design. The idea of presenting a design to a client must emerge from exhaustive research and experimenting with instinctive reactions to the site, to clients’ needs and program.
Site Analysis Includes visiting endless number of sites with clients, realtors, developers, business entrepreneurs, investors, contractors and study all aspects of the site or property. This initial contact with a project describes its viability, unexpected uses and forms, possible building technologies, climatic opportunities, views and orientation. If the project considers rehabilitating an existing structure we provide utilities inspections and structural evaluation. Our firm can develop photographic documentation and illustrations that best describe possible opportunities and strategies.
Zoning Analysis Includes reviewing the relevant regulation, building codes, potential building envelope, accessibility, parking requirements, setbacks, densities, uses, etc. The information produced during this phase is key to defining the scope of the project and its feasibility. Also, important during this phase is to address latest requirements and programs from governmental agencies that may favor the development of the project.
Constructability This is a project management technique to review construction processes from start to finish during pre-construction phase. It is to identify obstacles before a project is built to reduce or prevent errors, delays, and cost overruns.
Conceptual Design During the conceptual phase, we dedicate a lot of effort investigating the “what if” and study various alternatives of massing on the site, volumetric options and general approach to maximizing advantages and minimizing concerns. Apart from sketching we utilize 3D software to help communicate ideas to the client.
DESIGN & DETAILS [IDENTIFICATION]
Architectural Design After client has approved Conceptual Drawings we begin to develop the design and propose alternatives if necessary. The process is dynamic and is altered by incoming data from consultants and other professionals. All aspects of design, including interiors and furnishings are integrated into the architecture.
Construction Methods The principal construction method(s) and material(s) are studied in terms of applicability and economy.
Materials Specifications Constant communication with suppliers and vendors is key to maintain the project within limitations of the industry. As architects, we will
Cost Estimating Evaluating cost is an integral part of the design process. Whether changes occur in early stages or during construction, quick studies can be derived to maintain balance in the project scope and budget.
Contractor Evaluations As architects, we have experience working with small, medium and large sized construction companies, builders & woodworkers, as well as sub-contractors in mechanical & electrical fields. If requested, a bidding process can be established to ensure the proper fair selection of the right Contractor for any job.
Team of professionals All projects, of any size and budget, are influenced by professionals from various backgrounds. Early in the design stage, or even in pre-design, our office contacts pertinent consultants to provide useful input. This connection with other professionals adds another dimension to the design and reinforces conceptual strategies established for the project and scope.
Permits and Endorsements Our office provides and/or coordinates all services related to soliciting permits, recommendations & endorsements from governmental agencies. If necessary, we can consult with the Planning Board, Municipal Boards, Federal and State agencies.
Supervision Our services begin prior to commencing construction and make sure we establish the parameters we understand necessary to ensure a successful build. In addition to revising Submittals, samples, schedules, certificate for payments, etc., it is important to implement quality standards early in the project. The construction process is dynamic and the architect’s role is to adapt to unforeseen changes and situations which may occur.
Building Inspections A comprehensive approach to compliance with design, code and safety. The primary tool is documentation. As inspectors, we keep track of all activities, all personnel, all equipment, all materials and accessibility on the project site.
Construction Management A specialized service that oversees the planning, design and construction from start to finish. The primary goal is to evaluate all aspects of the project and provide the owner with the data needed to control budget, time and ensure quality expected from the architect.