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.