When you contact DZN Partners we will schedule a time to meet with you at the project site to discuss your ideas and obtain a visual picture of your existing property. This initial meeting comes at no cost to you and allows the architect to meet you and attain a better understanding of the project.
What is the first step for my project?
What type of expenses will be involved in my project?
Expenses are reimbursable including: printing, reproductions, postage, mileage and any other materials the architect will need for your project. Other expenses are municipal fees and can involve design review, impact, plan check and building permit fees. Following the initial meeting the architect will prepare and send you a probable opinion of preconstruction services and fees for your review.
When can my project begin?
Once you review the probable opinion and find it acceptable the architect will prepare an agreement for your project. When the architect is in receipt of the signed agreement and an initial payment, architectural services will begin on the project.
What is the general process to complete my project?
Our services provided consist of five phases of architectural services and any consultant services needed to assist the architect in completing the project. The architectural services are sequential, though overlap can occur between phases. The phases are: PreDesign, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bidding and Negotiation, and Construction Observation.
What is involved in each phase?
The existing site conditions and the project scope are reviewed by the architect. If existing buildings are part of the project they will be measured and photographed. Also, any other adjacent structures or conditions will be documented if they will impact the project. The measured buildings and site are then drafted into a digital format to be used to develop the project design.
The architect evaluates the information received from client meetings, including; the desired spaces, vision images, sketches and predesign phase information to develop a design. The client and architect share ideas and communicate to develop the design together to reach the anticipated conclusion. When the design is complete the architect processes the design documents through any required municipal or association approvals.
The project design is enriched by the architect with detailed drawings to precisely convey the design intent. Consultant work is coordinated and integrated with the architect’s drawings to create a unified set of construction documents. The construction documents are processed through municipal review to obtain a building permit.
Bidding & Negotiation
The client and architect choose contractors to bid on the project. Bid forms are prepared and sent to contractors with the construction documents so they can provide construction bids. The architect answers contractor questions about the project. The client and architect review the bids and negotiate with the selected contractor to achieve an agreement to build the project.
The architect observes the construction as it progresses to ensure that the project’s design intent is understood. The architect also acts as the client’s advocate by mediating matters that occur. If construction exposes unexpected circumstances the architect works with the client, consultants and contractor to achieve a solution.
How long will we be working together?
Depending on the type of project you are considering and the complexity of the municipal approvals required, our time spent working together can range from a few weeks to several months.
How can I find out how long my project will take?
The architect will give you an idea of the time required to complete your project in an initial meeting. Then the architect will follow up with a probable time schedule once work has begun on the project. You will be informed of any deviations from the time schedule as the project moves through the process.
Will any other professionals be involved in my project?Consultant services are required on most projects. Consultants for your project are design professionals whose services complement the services provided by the architect. The consultants required depend on the size and scope of the project. It is the architect’s role to determine which consultants are required for a project, to provide them with the project information needed to complete their work and to coordinate the services of the project consultants to achieve the timely completion of your project.
What consultants do you typically work with?
Geotechnical engineers, civil engineers, landscape architects, structural engineers, and energy consultants.
What does DZN stand for?
The DZN Partners name originated with the concept of creating design partnerships. DZN is an acronym for the word design and we believe in becoming design partners with our clients. We use our design talent and your visions to create exceptional projects.