What We Do?

 

We, as Architects, can help you through the whole process of building construction from inception to completion. We have prepared a list of standard services which an Architect provides towards completing a typical building project.

01

Architectural Programming
 

Architectural Programming is the process of understanding and setting forth in writing the client's requirements for a given project. Steps in this process include: establishing goals, considering a budget, collecting, organizing and analyzing data, identifying and   developing   concepts,   and   determining particular project/client  needs.

02

Site Analysis
 

Site analysis includes land planning, urban design and aspects of environmental evaluation.  Land planning and  urban design are  concerned with relationships  to  surrounding  areas and  involve consideration  of the physical,  economic  and  social impact  of proposed  land  use  on  the  environment,  ecology,   traffic and  population  patterns.  

03

Schematic Design
 

From the client-approved program  and budget  (mutually accepted), the Architect develops  alternative solutions to satisfy the program, massing,  site location  and  orientation,  response  to environmental  factors  regulatory and aesthetic requirements. The preferred  scheme(s) is presented  to the client for approval.

04

Engineering Systems
Coordination
 

Under direct supervision and  control of the Architect, the integrated engineered systems are designed by the consultants and provided by product  suppliers, manufacturers  and  fabricators.  These include  structural,  mechanical  and  electrical systems as  well as  other technical  innovations and special requirements, such as telecommunications and  computer applications.

05

Building Cost Analysis

 

 

The Architect  also  evaluates   the  estimated   construction  cost of the project.  Reasonable estimates  are crucial  to the client. They influence  decisions  involving basic  design,  selection  of building products and systems and construction scheduling. 

06

Zoning Bylaws &
Building Code

 

Several governmental agencies relating  to the health, welfare  and  safety  of  the  public,  oversee  the  enforcement  of federal, provincial  and  local  regulations related  to building  construction.  The building codes and zoning bylaws enforced by these various  agencies affects  the  total  design  process  and  Architect's thorough  knowledge  of all requirements  is essential  to the  satisfactory completion of any project.

07

Design Development

 

 

Based  on the client-approved  schematic  design  and  estimate  of construction cost, the Architect fixes and  details,  for the client’s further approval, the size and character of the entire project, including selection of materials and building and engineering  systems.

08

Construction Drawings &
Documents
 

The Architect works in this phase to describe in graphic form, all of the essentials of the work to be done: location, size, arrangement and details of the project.  The Architect takes care that the documents are accurate, consistent, complete and understandable. This requires a thorough quality control including constant review and cross-checking of all documents by the Architect

09

Specifications 
 

Many factors are considered in the selection and evaluation of material or products to be used in a project such as appropriateness, durability, aesthetic quality, initial cost, maintenance, etc. The Architect recognizes the function of each item to be specified and assesses the proposed materials to be certain that no hidden  deficiencies  exist that might create problems for the client. 

10

Checking & Coordinating 
 

The Architect does close coordination between drawings and specifications, reviews and checks  the work of each engineering consultant against  the architectural  drawings as well as the engineering consultant drawings to eliminate  discrepancies/conflicts. Architect checks and cross-checks all the drawings and documents for accuracy and compatibility.

11

Bidding & Contract
Administration 
 

The Architect assists  in establishing  and  administering bidding  procedures,   issuing  addenda, evaluating proposed substitutions, reviewing the qualification  of bidders,  analyzing bids and negotiating proposals on behalf of the client. An Architect also helps in the contract negotiation with the contractors and/or other parties too on behalf of the client. 

12

Construction Administration
 

The Architect determines  if the contractor’s  work generally  conforms  to  the requirements   of  the  contract  documents.   The Architect reports on the stage of completion of scheduled activities and compares to the overall project schedule at construction job site meetings.  The Architect determines through observation the date of substantial completion and receives all data, warranties and releases required by the contract documents prior to final review and final payment. 

13

Project Management
 

The Architect takes on responsibility of managing the competing project requirements of cost, schedule, quality, risk, human resources and communication. The Architect, as a project  manager, also  maintains design  quality  during  bidding, contract negotiation and  construction phases  and  monitors  scheduled  on-site quality  reviews.  The Architect closes out project records and agreements and sets up future post-occupancy evaluation procedures.

14

Additional Architectural
Services
 

An Architect, apart from the standard services listed above, also provide additional architectural services such as preparing marketing and promotional materials, perform project feasibility study, help the client in other special studies like geotechnical, environmental, traffic, energy audit etc.

For a list of standard and additional services please visit our Services page or contact us for more details.

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