DESIGN SHADOW: INTERNATIONAL WORK IN AFRICA – Part Un (one)

Bonjour! I have recently returned from French speaking Cote D’ivoire (Ivory Coast) Africa. I was there to spend a week working to establish relationships with local manufacturers and suppliers and also to inspect the quality of construction for newly completed construction work. This is all for an up and coming building project in the city …

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: 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: 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 …