468 Broadway | Saratoga Springs | New York 12866 | 518.580.8818

 

Our Process

BT|A is committed to providing exceptional service to our clients. We believe that open communication about goals, objectives and budget is essential to a successful project. We pride ourselves in our ability to creatively respond to program and budget, embracing the uniqueness of each design opportunity. With effective communication, our clients remain in control of their design process.

We utilize Building Information Modeling (B.I.M.) software on all of our projects; we find the greatest advantage of B.I.M. over other traditionally drafted project delivery methods comes through in our ability to continually update all aspects of the design model while providing quick visual studies for the effects of any potential budget related changes prior to their full documentation and bidding. Our clients have the advantage of continually monitoring the aesthetic qualities of their project in a way not possible utilizing 2D and physical model design delivery methods.

By adhering to the following “phased” design process, we are able to deliver careful project planning, thoughtful design and informative documentation.

The Existing Conditions Phase

When applicable, existing conditions models contain information critical to understanding the existing building’s general form, interior layout and basic structural system. Each of these elements are surveyed and entered into a computer modeling program.

The Conceptual Design Phase

From the existing conditions model, sketch plans, elevations and exterior sketch studies are developed to convey the potential design direction and program for the building. The art of architecture can often be found in a hand sketch, and every one of our projects still start this way.

The Schematic Design Phase

Once the concept has been established and understood, the Schematic Design phase commences. During this phase, hand sketches are transformed into a computer model, at which point floor plans, building elevations and three dimensional massing are developed and conveyed to the client. Graphic communication is one of our strengths, and is often evident during this phase.

The Bidding and Negotiation Phase

At the completion of the schematic design phase, sufficient information is available to the selected general contractor for budget pricing. Alternatively, drawings may be distributed to multiple contractors for the purposes of obtaining comparative pricing which leads to contractor selection.

The Contract Documentation Phase

With acceptable budget pricing in place and with the approval of the schematic design, construction documentation begins. During this phase, the building design is refined and described in considerable detail. Attention is paid to the marriage of design and drawings; these drawings are the communication tool that allows the design to evolve into the built structure.

The Contract Administration Phase

As the construction commences, we will conduct site visits at intervals appropriate to the stages of construction to ensure the progress and quality of the work being completed, along with reviewing submittals by the Contractor for general conformance with the design concept. We find that mutual respect between client, architect and contractors allows for an enjoyable and collaborative process, resulting in a successful project completion.

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