Also known as the programming phase, this phase kicks off the architectural design process. In the pre-design phase, we will interfaces with the client to learn about the plot of land, any existing structures, and the client’s wishes for the future building. We will researches local zoning and land-use restrictions, then makes a cost estimate as part of our competitive bid.
In this next phase, our design team begins to translate the client’s wishes into a building design concept. This may involve sketches, drawings, 3D renderings, and preliminary site plans, floor plans, and building elevations. Any building systems, such as HVAC and plumbing, also belong in the schematic designs.
This is the phase where our designs intent manifests as a detailed plan. If the project requires a structural engineer, our structural engineers will join the team at this point. We will also present the client with both exterior and interior finishes, which will go a top the foundational structure. Finishes can greatly affect the total cost of a construction project (as well as the project schedule), so this phase must be handled with the utmost degree of respect.
In this next phase of the architectural design process, design becomes a reality. We will produces two sets of detailed drawings that specify every detail of their final design. One set is called the construction set, and it remains on-site throughout the construction process. The other set is called the permit set, which we will sends to the local permitting authority.
At this point, we will submit the permit set of drawings as part of a larger permit application. The local authority will review the submittals for structural integrity and adherence to zoning laws and building codes. Permitting can be one of the slowest parts of the construction process, but it protects architects, builders, and property owners from potentially dangerous construction errors.