architecture - site planning - community & urban design

Architectural Services are delivered in seven integrated phases to clients having a site, a preliminary design program, a preliminary budget, and a committment to engage in a creative process:

Phase 1: Programming and Analysis
The architect documents the owner's needs and desires, analyzes the site or existing conditions and development requirements, and reviews the owner's budget.

Phase 2: Schematic Design
The architect prepares alternative design concepts and solutions for the owner's consideration. The architect and construction manager or pre-selected contractor collaborate with the owner to begin the value engineering process.

Phase 3: Design Development
The architect and consulting engineers select and coordinate the civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical systems with the architectural solution. The construction manager or pre-selected contractor collaborates with the owner to refine the value engineering process.

Phase 4: Construction Documents
The architect and consulting engineers prepare the plans and specifications for construction. The architect and construction manager or pre-selected contractor collaborate with the owner to finalize the value engineering process.

Phase 5: Bidding
The architect solicits and administers the process of procuring bids for construction and prepares a contract between owner and contractor.

Phase 6: Construction Administration
The architect administers the contract for construction by observing construction progress, reviewing payment applications, and issuing certificates of Substantial and Final Completion

Phase 7: Post-Construction Services
The architect, consulting engineers,
and contractor instruct the owner on
the operation and maintenance
of the building and grounds.

Site Planning Services are utilized when a project is in the feasibility analysis stage. Here the work focuses on constituent interests including owner's program, site environmental conditions, zoning and entitlement, and marketplace and financial issues. These services assist owners in discovering alternative approaches to development while balancing all constituent interests.


  • Downtown revitalizations

  • New communities

  • Converting sprawl into
    Sustainable community

  • Neighborhood
    improvement plans

  • Pilot projects

Community and Urban Design Services apply to municipalities, community groups, corporations, non-profits and developers. These services are an integrated systems approach to economic development or revitalization and typically include:

  • Analysis of built and environmental conditions
  • Analysis of social and cultural conditions
  • Design program development
  • Planning concepts development
  • Architectural concepts development
  • Entitlement process strategies
  • Economic pro-forma
  • Project implementation strategy
  • Development procurement

Project types vary widely and go beyond the typical planning process. The intent is to actually implement economic development projects.