Design Development & Selecting A General Contractor
The Design Development phase consists of refining the 2D Schematic Design into a detailed 3D CAD Model to develop more precise drawings and other documents which describe the size and character of the entire project. This includes more definition of the acoustic and sound materials, as well as other functional elements to generate lifelike renderings of each studio room. Our approach to design involves identifying all of the supporting functions early, organizing and incorporating every detail into a clear and concise direction, to design approvals and rough project cost estimation.
Design development includes interviews with potential General Contractors and coordination with engineers for structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems, as needed. This phase is where we bring the architectural design and the various systems together into multiple lifelike renderings to visual how the studio rooms with function and feel, while beginning to account for the projects overall and potential costs.
Selecting a General Contractor
Selection of a General Contractor isn’t directly part of the design process as this is a decision the Client must make, but it’s an important decision that we recommend you make asa earlier as possible. There are several advantages to selecting a General Contractor early, not least of which is simply getting their attention. Most Clients are surprised how long the design and construction process takes, so it’s never too early to get on your General Contractors radar and penciled into their calendar.
At this stage, your General Contractor is a powerful ally. We spend Pre-Design and Schematic Design making sense of our Clients’ dreams and developing design ideas based on our conversations and research. It’s great to have early feedback from the General Contractor that can help us compare cost estimates of those wants and needs as it relates to the project goals. It’s the type of feedback that can help us set priorities and make design decisions while maintaining the project’s budget constraints.
The more engaged your General Contractor is early in the project, the more familiar they will be with the project and the fewer unknowns there will be during the construction process. This can help avoid mistakes, delays, and ultimately save the Client time and money. It is always more economical to address design decisions on paper during the design process, rather than in the field during construction. All these things help with the execution of the final design – maintaining the design integrity of your project.