Going Old School
The traditional approach to the projects we do starts with the initial steps and then moves forward obtaining competitive bids from qualified general contractors (GCs) through the process of bidding assistance (BA). Also called, the “design-bid-build” approach, during the traditional path for these projects our architects will act as the client’s agent. The architect helps the client identify and obtain the most effective GC team possible.
A Team Environment
In these projects, the client, architect, contractors, and owner must work as a cohesive and collaborative team. The architect works with the client to identify and lay out their dream project. Contractors work to bring the project to life. And the owner works with the architects to provide expert opinions and advice with the team to ensure the best end results possible.
Project Management You Can Rely On
Over the course of the project, the architect continues in a project management role, also described as construction administration services (CA). The architect represents the best interests of the owner, dictating and managing the approval of the construction processes. From beginning to end, the architect is there advocating for the client and ensuring that each piece of the building is created to exact specifications. At the very end, a certificate of occupancy is provided which means one thing: time to celebrate! The client is able to move into the building and start using it for its intended purpose.
One Last Check
After one year of occupancy, our architects return to the project for a final check. The client is able to provide a list of items for review to the architect and the GC. When these final tweaks and details have been attended to, it’s finally and officially time to turn the reins over to the client. This phase may be the end of the project, but it’s just the beginning for the client who now has the means to take their dreams and goals to the next level.
Strengths and Weaknesses
The strength of the traditional approach is that this is a typical and well-qualified approach where an owner can rest assured that the project is being managed thoroughly and effectively by the architect. However, the weaknesses are important to consider too. This schedule can take longer, cost more, and creates a more complicated environment for communication between the owner-architect and general contractors.
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