The beauty of architecture is taking ideas on paper and transforming them into community treasures. However, the redevelopment process can be pretty complicated (and lengthy for that matter).
Commercial redevelopment involves a wide range of participation. From architects and civil engineers to contractors and lenders, it can take years to bring a project from the initial planning stages through completion.
Should I hire an architect or contractor first? At first glance, this appears to be one of those chicken-or-the-egg questions. However, working with an architect before you start your project can save much more time and money long-term.
Few people realize how complicated architectural development is until they find themselves in a labyrinth of design options, building codes, zoning laws and contractor bids. And because no two projects are alike, there isn’t a clear-cut path to follow. In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring the hidden benefits of hiring an architect before you begin a commercial redevelopment.
Some of the first and longest lasting laws included building safety codes. It has been long understood that keeping a space safe for occupants is critical for society. Now, we have historical building design codes we have to follow. These rules cover areas spanning safety to design conformity.
In addition to “how much is it going to cost?”, another common question we get from new clients is “how does the process work?”. We’re hoping to help you with that today. Below we attempt to delineate just exactly how architects can be a beneficial partner in getting your project designed and built.
Prime Architects was hired to renovate Building 60 B Wing Patient Rooms, Dallas VA Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
Prime Architects is providing all necessary architectural and engineering design services as required to prepare complete contract drawings, specifications, technical reports, and cost estimates for the renovation of existing building #60 B wing patient bedrooms and bathrooms and associated mechanical and electrical components. Contracts includes performance of bi-monthly construction period services.
Lavastida Development Group (LDG), dba Prime Architects is currently under contract to perform on-site facility operations, maintenance, custodial and grounds services for all federal buildings in the state of North Dakota.
LDG is providing management, supervision, labor, materials, equipment, and supplies and is responsible for the efficient, effective, economical, and satisfactory operation, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and repair of equipment and systems located within the property line of ten buildings in this contract.
When asked how he got into Government Contracting, Gene responded, "Getting into contracting has helped a lot, but I would suggest taking a few years to figure out the process and make sure your business is up and going... Do your research, start small and be smart".
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If you are wondering why you can't seem to find an industry standard for establishing an architect's fee, it's because there isn't one (you're not crazy!). In fact, almost 30 years ago, because of a consent decree with the US Justice Department, the American Institute of Architects agreed not to adopt policies of offering fee recommendations to architecture firms. This means architects must act on their own, or consult with other firms, while deciding a project's fee.