This Phase is where ADP Architects, P.A., will be developing the basic form of the building. There will be a lot of sketching vs. formal drawings. Generally, ADP Architects will develop the floor plans, site plans and building elevations in this phase. This will give a client a complete description of the building systems, interior, and exterior finishes and the building site. A client should have a basic design at this point.
Now that you have the basic idea, ADP Architects can begin to refine them. In this phase, ADP Architects will further analyze the specifics/program associated with the project. DD services are defined as those modifications to the SD design as required before acceptance of a finalized floor plan and elevations are generated (no further programmatic changes, floor plan changes, and elevation changes). At the completion of the DD phase, elevations and finalized/dimensioned floor plans will be provided to accurately convey the intent of the project while working toward approvals from the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
Further refinement and notation of the design and drawings are completed during this phase. CD services are defined as the development of “For Construction” drawings per the conclusion of SD/DD services. Once entering the CD phase, it is assumed no further floor plan, elevation and material changes will be requested of the client. The development of For Construction drawings will allow a client a set that can be used to obtain building permits and provide direction/support during the construction process.
Construction Administration typically involves the architect acting as the owner’s representative during construction. Site visits, materials testing, and inspections make sure that the contractor is building as specified and isn’t cutting any corners.
There is some debate if this is considered a basic or additional service. More times than not, architects will include this as part of their basic services. Owners should check with the architect if they include this as a basic service. Architects should decide if they want to include it or not. If the architect and owner selects doesn’t offer this as a basic service, it is in the owner’s best interest to request it as an additional service. Most owners don’t have the experience to be their own advocate during construction. An architect can help guide and advise the owner to successful project completion.
- Alternative Project Delivery Selection
- Record Drawings
- Sustainable Design
- Project Management
- Feasibility Studies
- Site Selection
- Building Condition Audits
- Full-Time Site Representation