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Columbia Associates offers a full range of architectural design services.
Our typical process for a typical project is outlined below:

problem analysis

-initial client interviews/possible group survey
-as-built drawing generation (drafting of plans for any existing structures)
-site analysis
-design program development/initial diagrams (establishment of key  design criteria)

preliminary design development

-design strategy development
 (e.g. what ideas & concepts will be employed to solve the problems identified in the problem analysis  phase)
-initial design sketches and drawings
-3d study model creation
-client presentation: depending on the complexity of the design this could   include:

-preliminary space layouts, and building elevations
-3d interior and exterior renderings-site plans
-3d animated building walk through/fly by
-cost estimation

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construction document drafting / design finalization

-pending client approval, this phase involves all the drawings and specifications necessary to clearly communicate  the design intent to any  contractors/craftsmen who will be used on the project
-plans, elevations, building sections, structural plans, electrical, HVAC,  plumbing, design details
-finished design specifications

construction administration

-in this phase all duties and responsibilities will be completed as determined in the contract agreed  upon between  us and client
-will be a representative for the client, advise and consult with client during  entire construction phase
-review and approve all contractor submittals
-site will be visited during appropriate stages of construction and it will be  made sure that all work is  being done in  a quality manner and in accordance with contract documents. Client will be kept  informed on all progress
-inspect to determine substantial completion and final completion

post occupancy evaluation

-identification of any unresolved issues
-client interview

 

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