Our team has many years of experience managing construction projects. Our project team consists of professional trained Architects and designers, who in addition to their formal educational training possess years of direct on site field experience, managing projects of all types and size. The client shall be provided with an organizational chart, including resumes for the team, prior to commencement of the project.
The onsite project team shall be responsible for the day to day management of the project. Their duties shall include:
- Coordination and managing the subcontractors and trade vendors
- Scheduling updates which shall be updated monthly or more frequently, if needed
- Quality control to verify compliance to code and best practice methods
- Budgeting (updated monthly) and change order review, including justification and impact on the budget.
- Coordination with the client's representative and municipal inspections
- Project close out and submission of project documentation
- All other duties required for the successful completion of the project
Eric Hafer & Associates can create a design concept that meets the requirements of that client and provides a facility design suitable to the intended use. In order to do so, our designer will meet with and query the client extensively to ascertain all the requirements and nuances of the planned project. This information, known as a program or brief, is essential to producing a project that meets all the needs and desires of the owner. It is a guide for the architect to create the initial design concept.
In the initial design phase, our architects & designers who work on a national basis, will evaluate all applicable building and zoning codes and work with State, Local and federal jurisdictions to determine the applicable regulations and requirements. The architect will need to comply with local planning and zoning laws, such as required setbacks, height and area limitations, parking requirements, and land use-provisions. Some well established jurisdictions may require adherence to strict design standards and historic preservation guidelines. Once all of the requirements are understood and accounted for, we will prepare a set of Design Intent Drawings for review with the client. These plans will include floor plans, a ceiling lighting plan and a power and data plan. We will meet with the client to explain these plans and once the client approves them, we will prepare the final construction plans. These are the technical or "working" documents that are used for permit. In certain fast track cases, we can adapt to a design-build approach where the selected MEP subcontractors provide the engineered sub trade permit plans. In the standard course of business, the Architect and MEP engineers provide a complete set of comprehensive plans and specifications used for bidding to the sub-contractors and for all required permits.
Interior designers plan the design of living and commercial environments. They then manage the work of turning their ideas into a reality. They need to design a space that is practical for its purpose as well as visually pleasing.
Projects can be broad in scope, ranging from structural alterations to the choice of furnishings, curtains, wallpaper and lighting. The role includes:
working to a brief, which details what the space will be used for
- inspecting and surveying buildings
- negotiating fees and setting schedules for the project
- researching and drawing up rough plans
- developing detailed designs and choosing materials
- supervising the work as it is carried out.
Value engineering is a term that is often misused. It disciplined effort to objectively analyze the minimum requirements of a project and determine if any potential budget savings can be realized. It is our experience that when a project reaches the 80% completion point of the construction documents, the Owner, Architect and Project Manager should review what potential cost saving changes, if any, would be appropriate for the project. A systematic evaluation of high cost components are identified and are either modified or eliminated if they do not contribute to the system's basic functions. Less costly alternatives for specific functions are developed and proposed for consideration by the team. As each value engineered item is proposed, the value is tracked independently in the budget comparison report. These changes should be incorporated into the design during this review, pending approval from the owner. Once the project goes through bidding and is in active construction, any change at that point will normally be more expensive and may have a negative effect on the schedule. For this reason, we recommend that appropriate time be given to reviewing the scope, design and budget during the pre-construction phase so that the impact on the project is minimal. As the project progresses, the team can continuously evaluate prior suggestions at any time during the budgeting process and can incorporate them into the project if appropriate.
3D rendering is a creative process that is similar to photography or cinematography, because you are lighting and staging scenes and producing images. Unlike regular photography, however, the scenes being photographed are imaginary, and everything appearing in a 3D rendering needs to be created (or re-created) in the computer before it can be rendered. Being able to show a client what a space or building will look like before it is actually constructed, gives us the designer and you the client complete control and design flexibility with a few clicks of the mouse.