FORNEY + architecture, LLC • The Architectural Process
Pre-design and Programming
Our process begins as the vision in the mind of our clients. Through verbal descriptions, images, program wish lists, site photos, and discussions, our clients provide information to assist us in determining the design direction and program requirements. A thorough zoning and building code review follows to set guidelines for the project.
Schematic Design (SD)
Through a series of conceptual design sketches, meetings, and revisions to schematic design drawings, we arrive at a consensus for the project’s design.
Design Development (DD)
The design proceeds with greater detail and may include interior sketches, elevation sketches, in-depth plan arrangement, and preliminary detail development. We begin the AutoCAD, Revit, and Sketchup drawings that will be used for the final construction drawings. We also initiate the coordination process with project consultants (structural and possibly mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and landscaping). At the end of this phase, the client signs off on the design and construction documentation may begin.
Construction Documents (CD)
Further evolution of the plans include the dimensions, notes, and details needed for the construction of the project. Elevations are drawn in detail, wall sections, details, notes, and specifications are created. The structural systems become evident, electrical fixtures are located, and mechanical and plumbing fixtures are planned. At the end of this phase, the project is ready for the building permit application and the drawings are signed and sealed by the architect.
Bidding and Negotiation (Bid)
The construction documents are sent to various contractors to determine a construction cost for the project. The bids are received and analyzed to determine which offers the best value to the client. (Optional service)
Construction Administration (CA)
The general contractor begins construction. The owner can select full service CA—scheduled site visits, inspections, pay request review—or on an as-needed basis. To decrease client cost, CA can occur at either the completion of certain phases of the project, or if requested, by the general contractor or client for clarification of a site issue or unknown condition.
Final Walk-through (Punch List)
Client can have the architect present for final review of the project to look for omissions or if touch-ups are needed prior to owner occupancy. (Optional service)