Producing Tailored Designs
Also known as the programming phase. In this phase, we set with the client to learn about the plot of land and the client’s wishes for the future building. Meeting in person is preferred at this stage to collect accurate data. After a thorough analysis of the project details, we share a detailed proposal with all the terms, conditions, and fee schedules. After getting to an agreement, we sign a contract and go to the next phase of work.
After signing the contract and the receipt of the first payment, the architectural design team converts the client’s wishes into a design concept or draft plans. Depending on the project, this may involve drawings of plans, sections, or elevations and requires a sufficient amount of time. The client is in close interaction at this stage, and after multiple meetings and feedback, both parties should come to understand finalize the schematic design.
This is the phase where the architect’s design intent manifests as a detailed plan. If the project requires engineering design such as structure, mechanical, electrical, or other, each team joins the work at this point. We will present the client with both exterior and interior finishes, which will go atop the foundational structure. Finishing has a significant impact on the total cost and duration, making this phase crucial. At the end of this phase, we will have a more realistic price and time estimation.
If included in the contract, at this stage, we produce the final set of drawings to be used at the construction site with detailed illustrations, estimations, and schedules. If the client wants to have Construction Permit (CP) from the provincial municipality – mutually agreed on in the first phase, a set of drawings called Permit Set will be prepared to be submitted to the city’s municipality for further review and procedure in the next stage.
(Optional) At this point, we will submit the permit set of drawings as part of a more extensive permit application. The municipality reviews the submittals for structural integrity and adherence to zoning laws and building codes. Permitting can be one of the slowest parts of the construction process, but it protects architects, engineers, builders, and property owners from potentially dangerous construction errors. More straightforward projects are approved in a matter of days in the municipalities. In contrast, in complex projects, or projects in a historical or governmental district, the permitting process can take months.
(optional): If it is a design-build project designed and built by our firm, there is no need to field bids from construction contractors. If there is no pre-attached contractor, we and the client interview contractors and solicit competitive bids. We sit down with potential contractors and the client to go through the construction drawing sets and discuss materials and schedules.
In this final phase, our role shifts from creative design to project management. Depending on our contract type, we make regular site visits to ensure that the project is being executed according to the plan, budget, and schedule.