Design and Construction Services

Pre-design and Programming

  • Determine design approach and project schedule
  • Compare building types and existing facility designs for successes and failures
  • Review existing conditions, facility, program, budget and governmental regulations

Schematic Design

  • Preliminary Sketch: rough basic design drawings in pen & ink, pencil or other medium
  • Address preliminary layout requirements for program, schedule and construction budget
  • Solve problems such as circulation and traffic patterns, space relationships and functions
  • Find and review alternative approaches to design and construction

Design Development

  • Create drawings and other documents that describe the size and character of the project regarding architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, materials and any other elements as appropriate. This includes a selection of fixtures, material finishes and furnishings.

Document types:

  • Floor and ceiling plans: layout drawings of each floor
  • Elevations: drawing of walls of the facility
  • Sections: drawing of the building as if cut through by a plane
  • Material boards: sample palettes of all finishes
  • Design and detailing: includes cabinetry
  • Manufacturer information and product photos of fixtures, furniture and objects
  • Renderings: perspective drawings by computer imaging or by hand; quality range from sketch to detailed
  • Model Fabrication: three-dimensional scaled representation of a design or construction

Construction Documents

  • Develop drawing plans, elevations, sections, details, and written specifications for construction
  • Provide information for bidding contractors and conditions of the contract
  • Obtain and coordinate approvals from each government regulatory agency
  • File documents addressing issues for applications or variance requests with code consultants
  • Insure documents comply with government requirements: building, fire, and handicapped laws


Construction Administration

  • Monitor progress and quality of the work with regular construction meetings
  • Inspect work to make sure it is completed according to the documents
  • Provide lists of appropriate general contractors and their subcontractors
  • Request bids for consideration
  • Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of each candidate to achieve desired results.
  • Obtain bids or negotiated proposals
  • Award contracts and prepare for construction
  • Watch over project construction and installation at the site until completion
  • Check shop drawings for proper execution

Project close out

  • Record drawings
  • Develop maintenance manual for cleaning, maintenance, repair, or replacement


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