The Process

Thank you for your interest in our firm.

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz or Neo in the Matrix, the following should take some of the mystery away regarding Design & Building your project. The sequence of events is similar for Renovations & New Construction.

Generally, we first meet with our clients to discuss their needs to provide an assessment including zoning analysis (if appropriate), determine the scope of the work and a potential range of construction costs. Fees are discussed and a proposal is sent for your review and comment. Four phases in the process are outlined in the proposal and typically are as follows:

  1. Schematic Design
  2. Design Development
  3. Construction Documents
  4. Construction Phase

After a signed copy of the proposal is received, Existing Conditions are measured and documented. Goals and scope of work  are discussed.

Schematic Design drawings include several alternatives for discussion.  One of the options is selected  to become the Design Development drawings.

Design Development drawings continue to refine the design direction and typically include floor plans, elevations, 3 D sketches and at least one section through the building. These drawings can now be used to get a “ball park” estimate to make adjustments in scope if required. If a zoning or planning board approval is required, drawings are developed at this time to submit to local building officials to schedule a public hearing.

Approved Design Development drawings become the basis for Construction Documents.  The technical details, specifications, consultant reviews for structure & HVAC systems are completed and information added to the drawings. Upon review & approval by you, copies of the drawings  are then distributed and 3 or 4 selected contractors bid the project competitively. The bids are analyzed and compared to confirm the scope of work  and start / finish dates are discussed at interviews before final contractor selection is made.

Our services continue through the Construction Phase including weekly meetings, site visits and review of requisitions for payment from the contractor during construction before payments are made to assure that only completed work is being billed.

I hope this is helpful information.  Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of design and coordination to maintain our high level of client satisfaction earned with over 30 years of experience. We are ready to help you realize your goals and dreams.

We look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Rick Yestadt AIA APA