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As Archade Design Studios, we can help you through the whole process of building construction from inception to completion. The following are the normal stages that one has to go though from the inception of a project to its successful commissioning.

 

1. Feasibility and Concept

This is the process of investigating, seeking to understand and analysing the client's spatial and other requirements for a given project. Issues to be resolved at this stage include: establishing goals, considering a budget, collecting, organizing and analyzing data, identifying and developing concepts, and determining particular project/client  needs.

 

2. Site Analysis

This is the study into the suitability of the site to advance the requirements of the Feasibility and Concept as referred to above and involves land planning, urban design and aspects of environmental evaluation.  This stage is a study of the relationships of the site to its context and involves the consideration of the physical, economic and social impact of the proposed land use(s) on the environment, ecology, traffic and population patterns.  

 

3. Concept/Schematic Design

After an agreement has been reached on the client's project timeframes and budget provisions, alternative solutions are then developed to satisfy the program, massing,  site location  and  orientation,  responses  to environmental  factors and regulatory and aesthetic requirements. The preferred  scheme(s) is presented  to the client for approval before proceeding to the next stage.

 

4. Coordination with other Consultants and Stakeholders.

The Architect coordinates the design of the integrated engineering systems by the appointed consultants and also helps to bring onboard any specialist product  suppliers, manufacturers  and  fabricators.  The consultants may include structural, mechanical and electrical engineers as  well as  suppliers of other technical  innovations and special requirements, such as telecommunications and  computer applications.

 

5. Cost Engineering

The Architect  also  coordinates the evaluation of the  estimated construction cost of the project. Estimates  are crucial at this stage as they influence  decisions  involving basic design, selection of building products, materials and systems and programming.

 

6. Land-use Management and other Regulatory Considerations

The building regulations and zoning bylaws enforced by municipalities and government affect the design process and decisions and the Architect's thorough  knowledge of all requirements  is essential  to the  satisfactory completion of any project.

 

7. Design Development

Based  on the client-approved  schematic  design  and  estimate  of construction cost, the Architect fixes and details, for the client’s further approval, the size and character of the entire project, including selection of materials and building and engineering  systems.

 

8. Construction Documentation & Specification

The Architect works in this phase to describe in graphic form, all of the essentials of the work to be done: location, size, arrangement and details of the project. The Architect takes care that the documents are accurate, consistent, complete and understandable. This requires a thorough quality control including constant review and cross-checking of all documents from the consultants and other specialists.

Many factors are considered in the selection and evaluation of material or products to be used in a project such as appropriateness, durability, aesthetic quality, initial cost, maintenance, etc. The Architect recognizes the function of each item to be specified and assesses the proposed materials to be certain that no hidden  deficiencies  exist that might create problems for the client.

 

9. Procurement & Contract Administration

This stage involves establishing  and  administering bidding  procedures, reviewing the qualification of bidders, analyzing bids and negotiating proposals on behalf of the client. Contract administration involves the supervision of the contractor’s work to ensure conformity to the requirements of the contract documents; reporting on the stage of completion of scheduled activities and comparing to the overall project schedule at construction job site meetings.  The Architect determines through observation the date of substantial completion and receives all data, warranties and releases required by the contract documents prior to final review and final payment.

 

10. Additional Architectural Services

Apart from the standard services listed above, the architect also provides additional architectural services such as preparing marketing and promotional materials, perform project feasibility study, help the client in other special studies like geotechnical, environmental, traffic, energy audit etc.