Designing and constructing a home or planning a space for a new or growing business is a complex undertaking. One way to make the process more manageable is to break the work into smaller tasks.
PHASES OF A TYPICAL PROJECT
Planning Establishes project guidelines and budget. The designer can assist in selecting the property or site. Obtaining planning approval, required variances or negotiating any legal obstacles.
Programming Before a new building takes form, which happens during Schematic Design, programming defines the space requirements for the project, and predicts the size of the required footprint to include the desired space.
Schematic Design Exploring design concepts and establishing the basic site plan, floor plans and elevations.
Design Development Establishes building, structural, mechanical and electrical systems and selects products and materials for the project. Resolves site issues such as heritage research, wetland issues, storm water management, flood plain analyses, and addresses water supply and wastewater disposal. Specialty consultants may become involved including landscape architects or lighting and acoustical specialists.
Contract Documents Preparation of the drawings, specifications and boilerplate legal documents that will be used to construct the project.
Bidding or Negotiation Assisting in selecting the General Contractor. When the General Contractor has been pre-determined, STANFORD BAIRD recommends that their involvement begin early in the project.
Construction Administration Overseeing the construction of the project and addressing any post-construction items during the warrantee period.