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This is our fourth installment in this series dedicated to familiarizing you with the phases of design. If you haven’t read Part 1 – The Programming Phase, click here. For Part 2 – Schematic Design Phase, click here, Design Development, click here.
Congratulations! You have reviewed your objectives, developed and approved design concepts and have enough information about your project to see how it’s going to function, what the aesthetic is, how traffic patterns will work and how the general flow will satisfy your goals, not to mention keeping an eye on that budget. In this phase, you may have a bit of a breather as the design team has the information they need to prepare documentation for permit submission and many decisions have been made.
During this phase, your designer is preparing working drawing, schedules and specification for the construction and installation of your project. There is significant coordination between mechanical, electrical, structural consultants or any other specialty consultants required for your particular space, to ensure that interference’s are considered and accounted for. If your contract stipulates, there will be assistance for your preparation of bid documents, qualifying vendors and subcontractors, facilitating owner-contractor contacts and selecting contractors. This phase may include permit documentation, tender documentation and construction documentation. This may be a function of the complexity of your project, your familiarity with the design and construction process and of course limited by your scope of work as outlined in your contract.
At the end of this phase, you have your building permit and your contractor selected. You are ready to start construction. Success in the upcoming phase depends on the quality of documentation, the experience of your contractor and communication. If you have done everything right to this point, there is a good chance your project is going to go smoothly. Now is not the time to get cold feet and second guess the decisions you have made. A little faith in your design team is needed.
The next blog will focus on Contract Administration…the last phase. You’re almost there. Contact us to find out how we can help make your dreams a reality.