When working with an Architect, the first step is to meet with them and discuss your vision for the project. With GPA Inc, this step involves an exploration of your goals and needs. Once that has been completed, the next step is for us to create a schematic design, which is the first opportunity you will have to see your vision translated into something tangible.
What is Schematic Design?
Schematic design is part of the preliminary planning process, and takes place after you have met with a member of our team to discuss your project. During this phase, our Architect will create sketches of the proposed building, giving you a sense of how it will fit into your requirements. This phase shows the relationship of the building to the site, the relationship of each room or area to each other and a concept of what the building will look like.
Architectural Design Development
As the architectural process continues to move forward, our team will start developing concise designs for your project. It is during this phase that your vision will truly start to come to life, as we produce more detailed drawings of the building. This is the point in which aspects of the building are developed in greater detail, discussing materials, finishes and code requirements.
Once the schematic designs have been fully developed, and the client is satisfied with how things are progressing, GPA Inc moves on to the next phase, the creation of construction documents. Detailed, accurate construction documents save our clients time and money by giving the construction company a clear portrait of what the project is intended to look like. Construction documents include drawings & specifications indicating what products to use and where to locate them. They indicate all items to be place in the building, including structural systems, electrical items, plumbing fixtures and mechanical systems. They also define the contractural relationship between the Contractor, the client and the Architect.
Our recent projects in Los Angeles and San Bernadino went extremely smooth. Cities like Temecula and St. George, Utah, have challenging design restrictions, we faced the challenge and the buildings were approved.