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Design process


Project requirements, size, budget, and overall ideas are discussed allowing the architect to begin the schematic design. This phase of the project involves many meetings with the client to gather information on their wish list, what they want in their project. This also involves getting to know how their business operates from day to day.

Schematic design:

Rough sketches and broad ideas of spaces and their locations on the site are developed.The client must approve these before moving on to the next phase. Estimate?

Design development:

Refined version of the schematic design with dimensions, rooms, materials, and general finishes. Engineers and consultants input is applied throughout the rest of the process. The client must once again approve of these drawings prior to moving on to construction documents. Estimate?

Construction documents:

These are the final drawings which will be given to contractors.Complete details and schedules. They will be used to create a final estimate of the cost of construction which is important for the next phase, bidding.


The client chooses which contractor will build their project. The architect can facilitate the bidding process with instructions to bidders and pre-bid meetings. It is at this stage that contracts will be agreed upon for cost and time to completion of the project.

Construction administration:

This occurs during and after construction is complete.The architect observes construction by visiting the site. They can also review and approve payment requests. The architect will also keep the client informed of progress and any issues that arise during construction. Often, construction meetings are scheduled periodically to coordinate all of the trades involved in a project. The client is encouraged to attend these meetings to stay involved in the process.

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