Basic Architectural services
Our architectural services are based on the standard AIA definitions of services and are adapted to New York City requirements and standards to include the following:
SCHEMATIC DESIGN (SD)
Establish and evaluate program adjacencies and distribution scenarios and refine Client’s design intent. Evaluate appropriateness and feasibility of primary building systems. Generate schematic plan backgrounds, elevations, and 3D massing models as required to confirm design intent.
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT (DD)
Identify materials & methods of core & shell construction as well as interior specifications. Transform the schematic model into a feasible building structure meeting legal requirements for egress and access compliance. Coordinate efforts of the full design team, including MEP and Structural. Refine floor plans, elevations and 3D massing models as required to communicate design intent.
PERMITTING & APPROVALS (PA)
Servicing as Architect of Record (AOR) at the NYC DOB. Formatting, stamping and submitting drawings to governing agencies across the municipal spectrum as required. Manage and coordinate efforts of the full design team to receive approvals of all required drawing sets. Support Expediter’s efforts with rapid drawing revisions, memos, paperwork and face-to-face meetings with City officials as required.
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS (CD)
Generate and collect all architectural drawings and specifications necessary to construct the project according to the legal parameters set forth in the permit set and the design intent established in prior phases. Manage and coordinate the efforts of the full design team. Review and coordinate drawings and specifications with candidate construction teams as required.
BIDDING & NEGOTIATION (BN)
Prepare bid package on behalf of Client. Assist Client to receive, review and level bids. Assist Client in development of Project Budget and negotiations with trade contractors. Answer RFI’s and scope questions. Meet with trade contractors as required to confirm scope & pricing. Assist Client with preparation of trade contracts as required.
CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION (CA)
Perform regular site inspections to observe if work is proceeding according to the Construction Documents. Perform inspections on behalf of Client to verify completed work for contractor requisition review & approval. Review submittals and RFI’s as directed by the Construction Team. Review change orders, construction change directives and any deviations from the Construction Documents as required. Generate field sketches (SK’s) and track all changes to the CD’s.
Assist and support Client, Contractor and Expediter in efforts to acquire a CO or a Letter of Completion. Perform final inspection(s) in effort to receive final sign-off from municipal agencies as required.
Special Inspections are required by the DOB and conducted during the construction process to verify that work is being done in accordance to approved plans and specifications. We provide class 3 type special inspections to streamline the construction process on interior renovation projects.
Interior Design and Product Specifications
We work with clients to develop an interiors package in accordance with their desired aesthetic direction. Our typical interior services include specifications for permanently installed fixtures, appliances and finishes, the design and preparation of millwork packages for interior doors and hardware, kitchen cabinets, bathroom details and general woodwork and cabinetry as required. We provide lighting specifications and electrical/ switching plans and coordinate AV and security sub contractors. And we also prepare FF&E (Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment) packages including custom designed furniture, to assist the client in achieving the overall desired interior environment.