ARCHITECTS’ DESIGN STUDIO’S philosophy
in the handling of an Architectural Commission stems from the belief that only
the involvement of the Design Team in all phases of a project can a successful planning
and construction project be accomplished. In the planning of facilities, the
Design Team includes Architects, Planners, Engineers, Owners of the facility, Administrators,
and other pertinent administrative staff. When the interests of each group are
coordinated, innovative and superior quality environments can be produced.
PRE SCHEMATIC DESIGN -
process utilized in a Pre Schematic Design Review is basically a time to
explore options. Our normal use of this pre-planning endeavor is to produce conceptual
options involving site utilization, conceptual placement of new construction
and consideration of the implications of future growth.
SCHEMATIC DESIGN -
“Establishing the Concept”
identified and studied the conceptual options from the Pre Schematic Design
Phase the full Design Team moves from alternative design concepts to agreement
on one scheme. The Schematic Design Phase will show the basic idea for the building
and the plan of the proposed project as developed by the Architect.
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT -
“Filling in the Details”
Design Development Phase means exactly that – the development of a design
incorporating thousands of details that will eventually be included in plans
and written in construction specifications. At this stage there is a necessity
for several planning meetings with the Administrators and Owners. It is
necessary to make decisions during this phase and not when construction working
drawings are being produced. Design Development is the time when all spaces are
studied, discussed and reviewed showing all building forms, complete floor
plans, inside and outside wall elevations and details.
this stage of project development design changes should not be considered. Now
is the time for the Architects and Engineers to develop in great detail the
Architectural and Engineering Plans and Specifications. Architects’ Design
Studio utilizes computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) as an extremely
valuable tool at this project stage. Our office as well as those of consulting
Engineers employs CADD systems for all of our construction documents. We utilize
e-mail for distribution of progress construction documents between consultants enabling
the preparation of construction documents to proceed uninterrupted.
computer system at this point is used to keep track of thousands of details and
coordinate the Architectural Design with Structural, Mechanical, Electrical,
Civil Engineering and FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment).
AND AWARDING CONTRACTS
the Bidding Phase the Project Team will schedule a pre-bid conference to answer
bidding and document questions from prospective bidders. As project Architects
and leaders of the Project Team, our goal at this phase is to insure that all
prospective bidders receive the same supplemental answers to questions.
This project phase brings to the
Design Team a new member, the Contractor. The work to be accomplished on site
includes work out in the weather, including excavation, earth moving,
underground utilities, concrete foundation work, masonry and roofing. Other
parts of the construction will be done in more or less sheltered areas of the building.
Still other parts will be done off site with products shipped to the site for
assembly in the building during construction. All of these activities must be
managed and coordinated so that thousands of parts work together to create a