At MHK ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING, we make the design process between owner and architect and owner, architect, contractor simple and efficient. When you sign a contract with MHK, you are never locked into a financial burden. We carefully phase our work as to always obtain owner approvals and make sure our design aligns with the client’s vision. These phases often include:
THE IDEA OR “PARTI” OF DESIGN:
In Architect’s jargon, the word “Parti” means “Big Idea”. The design Parti typically comes from the client. This is typically in the form of a program of spaces. Programming is the activity of determining the “program”, or set of needs that a project requires.
SCHEMATIC DESIGN PHASE:
After establishing the program for a project, the focus in the architectural design process shifts from what the problems are to how to solve those problems. During schematic design, the focus is on the “scheme,” or overall high-level design. Here, minor details should be ignored to instead focus on creating a coherent solution that encompasses the project as a whole. On a residential project, this phase will typically include a site plan outlining the zoning and site restraints, a floor plan to give the big picture and a front elevation so the client can understand the overall direction of the project.
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PHASE:
During the design development phase of the architectural design process, the scheme is refined into the final design. In previous phases, the focus has been on the project as a whole. During Design Development, in becomes important to give individual attention to each aspect, each space and each detail of the project. On a residential project, this phase will typically include the remaining building elevations, reflected ceiling plans, roof plans and building sections in order to get the project “engineering ready”.
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENT PHASE:
At this stage of the architectural design process, the focus shifts from design to communicating the design and providing all information necessary for construction. Engineering is coordinated through this phase into the design of the project. Construction details are developed to give the contractor the insight to construct the project. On commercial projects, life safety plans are created for permitting.
CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION PHASE:
The last phase in the architect’s model, the construction administration phase takes place during building construction. In this phase, the architect will be responsible for shop drawing review, submittal review, and construction observation to make sure what is being built meets the design intent. In this process, MHK acts as the owner’s representative. This phase can range from one site visit every month to one site visit every day depending on the owner’s needs and the skill level of the contractor.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHOOSING AN ARCHITECT:
Make sure your architect is well versed in the project type. Appropriate experience can often save you valuable time and money. Designing in Florida takes special experience. Florida has its own intricate building code and most land sites carry complicated FEMA or flood zone issues.
During the design process and through the construction process, the architect will be the owner’s representative looking out for your best interests. Being a compatible match with our clients is an important aspect to our practice. We like to build trusting and long lasting relationships with our clients.
MHK Architecture & Planning is able to produce a high quality product at lower than normal fees due to low overhead and efficiency in the design process.
It is important that your architect as well as the architect’s design consultants carry adequate professional liability insurance for their practice. We strive to make sure problems through the process or after the fact don’t arise; however, due to the nature of the complexity of our business, it is imperative that your design professional carries adequate insurance.