Design Process -2
Uniquely Designed & Client Tailored Architecture
6) Bidding phase
Architect's fee
7) Construction phase
5) Contract documents
Construction drawings to be prepared showing general notes,
site, dwv diagram, zoning information, typ. wall section, floor
plans, elevations, foundation, floor & roof framing, uplift hold
downs & shearwall details and electrical layout plans for each
floor as required. Also the project manual is prepared which
outlines the specifications of and the methods of construction
to be used for the project. The requirements of the general and
sub contractors included. The project schedule, phases of
construction, allowances are given. The Rescheck NJ energy
code compliance form is calculated and filled out. Copies of the
signed and sealed form are provided to owner and general
contractor for submission of permits.
Provide bid packages to general contractors. A minimum of three
bidders are requested for most new construction and addition /
renovations projects. Bid packages include three sets of the
construction drawings and one copy of the project manual.
Architect is available to answer contractors questions about the
project and the bid packages as required. Architect to review
sealed bids with the client as requested or required.
Architect provides three sets of the construction drawings
sealed and signed by the architect to the town's building
department for review and approval. Architect to address and
answer building department questions to help facilitate the
permit approval process. Answer contractor questions over
the phone to help facilitate the construction process. Architect
to make site vists to help facilitate construction as required.
The architect's fee for a project is generated by the type of project,
the complexity of the design and it's unique building site. The fee is
based on different hourly rates for the time of the architect,
drafting and office respectively. The time required to design and
finish the construction documents for a project is different for each
project. Time is calculated for the design of the project, required
meetings, office and to prepare the contract documents, which
include the construction drawing and project manual. Costs of
reimburseables, overhead and profit are added to the hourly figure
to calculate a total fixed fee amount for each project's contract for
architectural services.
Note: The architect's fees are not based on a square foot
cost figure or a percentage of the total construction cost of the
8) Certified Asbuilt Drawings
Not regularly requested by the towns building department. If required
the architect will visit the building site, will verify and record any
changes made to the submitted plans for a additional fee. These
records will be shown on a set of construction drawings which will
be signed and sealed by the architect as "Certified Asbuilt".
Note: The project manual is usually a part of the contract
documents for a project going out to general contractor bid.