Phase I - Preliminary Design
The Owner prepares a Program and, if possible, establishes a Budget
and preferred Schedule for the Project. The Program, Budget, and
Schedule are often referred to as Project Requirements. We will
review and discuss the Project Requirements with the Owner.
We collect information related to the Project.
- Photograph and prepare measured drawings of the existing site and structures referred to as Existing Conditions.
- Research applicable Zoning and Building Codes.
- Assemble other available information such as previous drawings, permits, surveys, and reports.
Considering the Existing Conditions, the Architects develop Alternative Design Solutions that attempt to satisfy the Project Requirements.
- Encourage Owner participation in design conferences.
- Revise design solutions and present again to Owner until the Owner accepts the most desirable solution.
- Develop the accepted design solution addressing Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Systems.
- Prepare Outline Specifications describing, in general, the materials and finishes affecting the construction cost for the Project.
Prepare an Opinion of Probable Cost for Construction and present to the Owner.
Phase II - Construction Documents
Once the Owner has accepted a design solution that satisfies the Project Requirements, the Owner authorizes the Architect to prepare the detailed Architectural Drawings, Specifications, Structural Engineering, and Energy Calculations.
The contractor uses these documents when negotiating or bidding for construction, and for submitting to the building authorities for permits.