FAI follows the tired and true six phase process to reach a successful completion of an architectural project. We believe all parties; Owner, Architect and Contractor; need to form a team to achieve the best results for the least cost. We do not believe the architect and contractor should have an adversarial relationship.
Programming is the first and perhaps most important step of a project. We define architectural programming as the research and decision making process that identifies the scope of work to be designed. Synonyms include "facility programming," "functional and operational requirements," and "scoping."
Architectural programming offers:
1. Involvement of interested parties in the definition of the scope of work prior to the design effort.
2. Emphasis on gathering and analyzing data early in the process so the design is based upon sound decisions.
3. Efficiencies are gained by avoiding redesign and more redesign as requirements emerge during architectural design.
Schematic Design establishes the conceptual design, scale and relationships among the components of the project. The objective is to arrive at a clearly defined, feasible concept design while exploring the most promising alternative solutions. FAI prepares a series of rough plans showing the general arrangement of rooms of the building and site. Models and/or illustrations are sometimes prepared to help visualize the project. The project will proceed to the next phase only after you approve the schematic design.
Design Development expands schematic design to more detailed drawings. Floor plans indicate the rooms in correct size and shape. Building elevations are prepared. Outline specifications are prepared listing major materials and room finishes. FAI works with consultants to establish preliminary design of the structural, plumbing, heating / air conditioning and electrical systems. Again, the project proceeds to the next phase only after you approve.
Construction Documents complete the process. FAI prepares construction drawings and specifications. Construction documents contain architectural, site, structural, plumbing, heating / air conditioning and electrical system details and product specifications. The contractor uses these documents to cost out and build the project.
Bidding / Negotiation is the contractor selection phase. FAI assists you in interviewing potential contractors and preparing documents such as invitations to bid, instructions to bidders, conditions of the contract, and the form of agreement between you and the contractor. We assist in preparation of the construction contract.
Construction Phase is construction of the facility. FAI will review contractor submittals, applications for payment, process change orders, and generally keep you informed of the project's progress. Biweekly, on site meetings are held with Fletcher Architects, the contractor and your representative.