What is Architecture?
Architecture is “both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings”. Architects are required on building projects to determine the “form and function” of a building as well as to design all aspects of life safety and ensure that the construction project meets all applicable local building codes. In the old design-bid-build method, the architect was the first contact an owner would make and the architect would then hire the design team and manage the permitting and often even recommend general contractors for construction.
Managing Your Architect
When owners got fed up with managing the communication between design and construction, they turned to the Design-Build method. In this method, someone who knows construction leads the entire show. Owners collect design-build proposals from multiple builders and a selection is typically made on experience, values & trusting relationships.
The benefit of this method is that the Design-Builder hires the architect and all design consultants, manages permitting, and is a one-stop, turn-key solution provider. This simplifies the project substantially and creates much less project management for the owner. The builder can also use their past construction experience to keep expensive designs in check and to negotiate for better rates from designers. Remember, a good design-builder will act transparently like a construction manager and will show you all their costs and fees.
Architectural Buildings & Features
The Colony Way
We estimate the project transparently showing all costs and our fee. This allows us to work together as allies to tender all designs and trades and value engineer the project to meet your budget prior to proceeding. Then we lock into a fixed-price contract to build it for you.
Having the builder hire and manage the architect and all design consultants produces a much more efficient and cost-effective design.