ADG manages its architectural projects with a fundamental approach that is simple, consistent, and proven. Our methodology is based on the philosophy that our core team members will remain committed to your project from inception to completion.
We will establish clear forms of communication and maintain an open dialog through the life of the project. We take great pride in delivering superior results in a timely fashion, with no surprises, and within budget.
Feasibility Study / Conceptual Design Analysis / Master Planning / Budgeting
Typically, the first phase of the design process includes a feasibility study. The purpose of a study is to define the project in terms of space requirements and functionality for the present as well as the future.
The program elements are defined during the feasibility study/conceptual design phase. These are determined by carefully listening to the requests by the owner regarding spatial needs.
Communication is a key element in being able to address and provide exactly what the owner needs in relation to each program element. We may suggest ideas to consider in addressing the various program elements. A program statement is assembled, and conceptual plans are developed. Conceptual plans typically include a site plan, floor plans, a basic cross section and building elevations to portray the general concept.
The Site Plan
The site plan includes a master plan for the site so the long-range plan for future phases is defined. Often two or three options are developed, and the owner selects an option that is then further developed. A preliminary budget is considered as part of this phase and the financial feasibility of the project is determined at this time. In the partnering arrangement, a general contractor is involved in project budgeting during this phase. If necessary, adjustments to the design are made to achieve financial feasibility of the project.
Schematic plans are assembled from the concept plans during this phase but further refined at the design development and working drawing phases.
These plans are normally brought from the conceptual sketched diagram format to a CAD drawing.
The schematic concept is developed to the next level during this phase, which is considered the design development phase. Individual spaces as well as the overall design are further defined with confirmed sizes, shapes, finishes, equipment, fenestration, door openings, traffic flow, site topography, zoning issues, and other related considerations. Plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems are schematically developed at this phase. Budgets are re-examined and are recalculated for accuracy as needed.
Contract Documents / Working Drawings
The plans and specifications are developed in preparation for the bidding phase. All disciplines provide the final design and calculations for the final level of documents. A detailed specification/design manual is assembled to use as a guide in the bidding process as well as during construction. At this level the plans are also sent to the local municipality for approval.
Bidding & Contracting
The project delivery system often involves a three-way partnership between the owner, the architect, and the general contractor. During this phase the general contractor assembles pricing for self-performed work along with subcontractor and material bids. The project is advertised extensively in the local newspapers and at the appropriate builders’ exchanges. Plans are distributed to the subcontractors and suppliers as required, questions are answered during the bidding process, and bids are received at the appointed bid date and location. A contract between the owner and the general contractor is assembled and signed by both parties.
Construction / Contract Administration
During construction the architect’s role is to administer the contract and generally observe construction.
This role is accomplished by assembling a preconstruction meeting, holding weekly coordination meetings as well as monthly construction progress meetings, approving monthly and final payment requests, reviewing shop drawings for materials and equipment to be used on the project, providing job site visits as required, completing a final inspection/punch list, assembling the final paperwork for project closeout, and other related work.