Southampton, New York
Offering Services in Archictecture
PLANNING: Infrastructure, Development, Environmental
"An architect is supposed to have a good eye. I believe an architect also needs a good ear, to listen to the client, to hear what the client wants, so that the architect can then transform what is heard into reality." C. C. Bickford
All projects begin with Programming, to develop a written outline with the client as to the scope of the project, a description of the requirements, and a budget.
The next step is to develop the program into a Preliminary Design in sketch form.
Once the client has reviewed and approved the preliminary design, more detailed Design Development Drawings are prepared, to begin to establish exact dimensions. The drawings become "hard line".
Upon completion of the Design Development, the next step is to develop Construction Documents, which are filed with authorities for necessary building permits.
The Bidding Process follows. We usually solicit competitive bids from three to five general contractors, including contractors suggested by the client, if so desired.
Contract Administration follows the selection of a general contractor. During this stage, the architect performs on-site observations to determine in general contractor compliance with all contract specifications, advises the client on questions that might arise, and approves payments to the contractor.
C. C. Bickford (AIA) is a NCARB certified registered architect with more than 27 years experience on commercial and residential projects.
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