DESIGN SHADOW: TEST FIT

I received a cold call from a potential client the other day. This company’s executive had been referred to me and our company by a number of individuals. He asked if I could meet with him to explore the expansion of his business into a new commercial space – giving them potentially more square footage …

DESIGN SHADOW: LARGE SCALE MOCK-UP

Clients that will be putting a lot of capital towards a project, want to make sure their money is well spent. They are particularly concerned about getting everything they need and want. This is especially true when an Owner is building a large scale project that has many interest groups – or different users or …

DESIGN SHADOW: INTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL SKETCHES

Our team of Architects and Interior Designers recently had the space plan and exterior design for a new project approved by the Owner. Now it’s time to define the interior architecture and designs. We call this establishing the vocabulary of the building. Today I spent time thinking with my pen and fodder (tracing paper). This …

DESIGN SHADOW: ADDITIONAL SCOPE

Often during the construction administration period (“CA“) or after a project is installed and “finished,” the client will often find things that they want to add to the project. This can be because things aren’t working as planned, or there were items they didn’t think they needed, but now do. These might be items that …

DESIGN SHADOW: WORK ORDERS & INVOICING

“Work orders”, or project scopes of work, have been coming in which is typical for this time of year. We have a client that contracts with us work to be done on many of their existing buildings.  This year we are managing work for 15 of these buildings. This work can range from replacing and …

DESIGN SHADOW: PROJECT DOCUMETATION

Since I have spent the last number of weeks on a job site managing and completing the installation of a project, it’s now time to complete the record keeping part of the project…the part that we never talk about in school. Most commercial clients like a type of product specification and material/finish binder – architectural …

DESIGN SHADOW: MILLWORK SHOP DRAWING REVIEW

Today I worked on redlining  a portion of the 200 + pages of mill-work/casework shop drawings (it will actually take a couple days to make it through them.) Shop drawings come to us after a contractor has selected the sub-contractor that will be doing the woodwork/mill-work the job. They take our drawings and specifications and …

DESIGN SHADOW: LOBBY FURNITURE SELECTION

Often I have little small projects that come up. Little projects that pay by the hour and don’t take much coordination on the meeting end of things – but more time on following the design through and getting all the product ordered and to the site. Currently one of these projects is for a small …