Architecture is an in-depth process that involves planning, designing and constructing space while considering its functional, social and aesthetic aspects. Also encompassing cost estimating and construction administration, it requires an established and proven systematic approach. Whether you’re developing a residential property, remodeling a restaurant, or renovating a hotel complex, our experienced Architecture firm has developed a process to accomplish these goals.
The Pre-Design phase gives us the opportunity to get to know you and begin to understand your preferences, budget, and goals. During preliminary discussions, we’ll help you clarify your functional needs, general aesthetic goals, desired green or sustainable options and projected budget.
In this phase we'll meet with you to determine the scope of the project. After contacting the city or county planning departments to determine the project limits, we'll define a program to outline the course of the project. If required, we'll complete an existing conditions survey which includes field measurements and photo documentation of your existing structure, as well as creation of general as-built drawings of the existing structure. We'll also look at any sketches or images you may have.
The Schematic Design phase includes several meetings with you in which we'll present floor plan and elevation sketches based on the program defined during the Pre-Design phase. These sketches will be used to generate discussions about the project requirements. They will also establish the conceptual design of the project, illustrating the scale and relationship of the project components. The primary objective in this phase is to arrive at a clearly defined, feasible concept and to present it in a form that helps you understand the project and explore alternative solutions. Typically, several schemes are offered and discussed before arriving at the final concept to be further developed in the next phase.
The Design Development phase is based on the approved Schematic Design documents and any refinements in the program, schedule or budget. Meetings continue and drawings are developed to a more detailed level to minimize the possibility of major modifications being needed during the development of Construction Documents. The Design Development documents are computer drafted (using the latest AutoCAD Architecture and/or Revit Architecture software), to-scale drawings that will illustrate the project as it will look when constructed. These drawings will consist of a site plan, floor plans, exterior elevations and diagrammatic building sections as necessary. Additionally, we will help you with the preliminary selections for windows, doors, floor coverings, lighting fixtures, and plumbing fixtures.
Preliminary selections of major building systems and construction materials will be noted on the drawings or described in writing as required. The Design Development phase further develops the approved designs to incorporate code requirements, accessibility, structural, mechanical, electrical, and other systems into the design.
We offer the following Interior Design services as a standard part of your project:
(1) Diagrammatic furniture plans showing locations of furniture and furnishings
(2) Schematic plans for recommended cabinet work, interior built-ins and other interior decorative details
(3) Schematic electrical and plumbing fixture locations as needed for construction documents
Under separate agreement, detailed schedules such as lighting, plumbing, appliances, and finishes may be provided. We are also available to assist you in the procurement of merchandise and preliminary selection of new furniture, as well as selection of detailed finishes, cabinetry details, wall colors, floor materials, lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and window treatments. In addition, we'll let you know about cost-effective sustainable options, and we can take an inventory of your existing furniture that might be re-used in the project.
Upon completion and approval of the Design Development phase, we'll create the Construction Documents for your project. These important documents contain all the necessary information to obtain a building permit and construct the project, including dimensions and structural, schematic electrical, and schematic plumbing layouts. The Construction Documents will include drawings, details and notes that establish the design intent for your project. They'll serve as the primary means of communication between the Architect, city or county plan reviewer, inspectors, contractors, Homeowner Associations (HOA) and Architectural Review Boards/Commitees.
Once the Construction Documents are completed, the Government Review process begins. For more complex projects, this process begins earlier to facilitate preliminary reviews and address particular issues that may be drivers in the design. Typical Government Review involves submitting the Construction Documents to the city or county plan reviewer, who will prepare a comment list and may request additional information to clarify specific parts of the project and address compliance with governing codes. We will provide responses to these comments and continue the review process as necessary to obtain a building permit as quickly as possible.
If you havn't already selected a general contractor, we'll help you establish a list of prospective bidders. We will also help you solicit cost estimates from qualified general contractors based on the Construction Documents. We will respond to questions from prospective bidders and provide clarifications as necessary. We'll also be available to answer questions as you review the bids. Then the final selection of a general contractor will be left to you.Although, the Bidding Assistance phase is a small percentage of the overall Architecture fees, our experise can save you a great deal of frustration and expense.
Contract Administration (under separate agreement)
Once you're ready to start construction, our experienced Architecture firm can help ensure that the building phase of your project runs smoothly.
Hauck Architecture can administer the contract between you and your contractor by periodically observing construction of the project.
Specific duties include:
(1) Evaluating work for compliance with the Construction Documents
(2) Reviewing shop drawings, material samples, and product samples
(3) Reviewing the results of material tests and inspections
(4) Review and approving the contractor’s requests for payment
(5) Handling requests for design changes during construction
(6) Administering the completion and close-out process of your project
The Architect will also attend dispute resolution conferences and other meetings at your request. Contract Administration services commence with the award of the initial contract for construction and terminate when the Certificate of Occupancy is issued.
Getting a project completed that is built as it was designed, and on budget, requires considerable experience, time and effort-all of which Hauck Architecture is able to provide.
Evaluations of the Work
Site visits allow the Architect to become generally familiar with and to keep you informed about the progress and quality of the work. They can also help protect the property owner against defects and deficiencies and determine if the work is being performed in general accordance with the Construction Documents. However, exhaustive or continuous on-site inspections to check the quality or quantity of the work will not be performed. The contractor is responsible for the construction means, methods, techniques, sequences or procedures, and site safety precautions and programs in connection with the work.
You'll be able to communicate with the contractor through us about matters relating to the Construction Documents. Communications by and with our consultants will be through the Architect. The Architect will observe the quality and progress of the work and furnish written field observations as needed and as appropriate. The Architect will promptly notify you in writing of any observed defects or deficiencies in the work or of any matter of dispute with the contractor.
We will review and approve, or take other appropriate action upon, the contractor’s submittals such as shop drawings, product specifications, and samples. During the construction we'll respond to requests by the general contractor for additional information about the Construction Documents. These requests my be made by telephone, e-mail, or text message, and we'll respond withing two business days. If we think it's appropriate, the Architect will prepare, reproduce and distribute supplemental drawings and specifications in response to requests for information by the Contractor.
Changes in Work
The Architect will review change orders prepared by the contractor for your approval. He'll also help you analyze and negotiate requested change orders, and he'll counter-sign change orders you've approved. Generally, the Architect is authorized to make minor changes in the work if they don't increase costs or extend the schedule. He'll also make decisions on aesthetic matters if he finds them to be consistent with the intent expressed in the Construction Documents. The Architect will recommended solutions to special problems or changing conditions that arise during construction. And we'll prepare, reproduce and distribute supplemental drawings and specifications in response to requests for information by the Contractor as necessary.
At the project’s conclusion, the Architect will conduct a site visit to determine whether work has been substantially completed and prepare a written punch-list, certificates of completion and other necessary construction close-out documents. Our final inspection will be conducted with you to check conformance of the work to the Construction Documents and to verify the accuracy and completeness of the final punch list. After construction is complete, Hauck Architecture will inspect and photograph the finished project.