Architecture Engineering Planning Forensic Services


Unlike the typical architectural project, preservation and restoration or remediation and repair projects require slightly different professional services tailored to the nature of such projects. While the overall project may still be broken down into the same four phases of a typical building project four phases, much of the process entails investigation and analysis to determine failure mechanisms or to investigate the historic materials and methods used in the building prior to developing methods for restoration and repair. Our services are then adjusted by both the types of failures or remediation required and whether restoration or repair is guided by the historic nature of the project or by a structural failure.

This first is still most critical to the project as we develop a complete understanding of the existing conditions and seek to determine the extent and causes of failure or deterioration and the appropriate strategies for remediation and preservation or restoration, beginning with:

• Field measurement, surveys and any other necessary investigation and documentation of the existing conditions including materials and construction, elevations, structural and non-structural elements, building systems, and other relevant data including all failed or failing components, deteriorated elements and other conditions requiring remediation.

• Analysis of the existing conditions including structural and non-structural and requirements, failure mechanisms and other factors leading to the deteriorated or sub-standard conditions experienced or found.

• Review of all applicable building codes, ordinances and standards that govern the building and remediation.

• Formulation of possible failure mechanisms that may have caused the present conditions and development of methods for repair and remediation

Once we have analyzed the existing conditions and probable causes of failure or deterioration, we prepare alternative methods for remediation, which include:

 • Preparation and presentation of proposed repair or renovation methods or solution illustrating alternative approaches within legal and budgetary constraints

 • Review proposals with the client and incorporate feedback and long-term goals to develop a solution that will guide the restoration or repair

 • Preparation of applications and documents for, as well as appearance before, historic preservation, zoning, and appearance commissions or boards that might influence or must approve the project

 • Refinement of the schematic plans based upon reviews and the selection of materials and systems to produce the final strategy and methodology for the remediations and repairs needed.

The second phase continues the remediation process with the development of the documents that will become the basis for the repairs or restoration construction as well as forming the basis for the contract and approvals by legal authorities. It is here that drawings, specifications and other information take the approved design and translate them into the final documents to be used for the project. This phase includes.

 • Preparation of construction documents consisting of working drawings and detailed specifications, based upon the renovation or repair methods or solution chosen or determined to be most appropriate for the given problem or conditions

 • Preparation of any necessary structural, mechanical, electrical or other drawings and coordination of these documents with the architectural drawings, as well as collaboration with engineers, technicians and specialists to facilitate proper integration of the structural or other systems with the proposed repairs or restorations.

 • Preparation of bid documents, instructions to bidders and other forms and documents

Once the construction documents are complete, the next phase seeks out bids for the work as well as selecting the contractor and finalizing a construction contract. This phase can vary from private-sector work where bidding and negotiation may be less formal to public-sector projects that may be governed by law as to the bid-award process.

 • Advertisement or public notification of competitive bids in accordance to governing statutes, ordinances or laws

 • Solicitation of competitive bids from pre-qualified contractors.

 • Pre-bid conferences including site visits for contractors and sub-contractors bidding the project.

 • Formal clarification of the bid documents and issuance of any addenda or other changes to the bid documents.

 • Analysis of bids or proposals including verification of bidder qualifications, project histories, project management capability, and financial rating and recommendations for their acceptance

 • Value engineering and negotiation of final agreements for the work

 • Assistance with or preparation of the construction contracts, agreements and permit applications.

The final phase incorporates both the construction of the project as well as ensuring that the quality of the work of the contractor, as well as the systems and materials used and installed meet the requirements established by the drawings and specifications for the work. The services in this phase are not restricted to the contractor or project manager, but also involve substantial participation by the architects, on behalf of the client-owner, including:

 • Convening pre-construction, pre-installation and construction progress meetings to review the proposed work, schedules, interface and coordination of trades and work and to review and potential or observed problems, delays or other issues.

 • Reviewing shop or fabrication drawings, data sheets, manufacturer's specifications, samples and tests to determine their compliance with the construction documents.

 • Making periodic observations or site inspections of the construction progress at intervals deemed necessary to ascertain that the work is being executed in substantial compliance with the contract documents

 • Preparing and issuing any change orders or other modifications to the contract documents including any new or revised drawings, specifications, details or other instructions.

 • Reviewing the contractor's payment requests, affidavits and waivers of lien, and issuing certificates to authorize proper payment in accordance with work performance and materials and systems installed.

 • Inspecting the completed work, identifying any items that have not been completed or that may require correction or repair and re-inspecting any corrected work before issuing a certification that the terms of the construction contract have been satisfied.

 • Conducting post-occupancy inspections of the work to verify that the project continues to meet the performance requirements of the contract.