Architect Michael C. Glass, P.C. specializing in residential project work was established in 1987 to provide architectural services to include concept and design development, construction documents, and project management during construction. Professional degree education, construction experience in the field, and project work both domestic and international combines to provide a unique approach to planning, design, and project management. Additionally, pre purchase due diligence and site planning are often undertaken to demonstrate project possibilities and notable property features.
Project types include new construction, additions, and remodeling for both primary and second homes.
Planning, Design, and Project Management best describe a full services approach to project work. Planning starts with listening to the client/client couple. Whats being asked for, what resources are to be applied, what are both the short term and long terms goals, and what are the expectations at completion. Suggestions made as a result of listening start the process and often a feedback loop results with comments such as now that we see it we forgot to include or I know we addressed that but now that we see it were thinking otherwise.
Design evolves with conceptual plans incrementally to a point where virtually all wants and needs have been addressed, and the aesthetics and details of design emerge. Hand sketches, 3D computer modeling, and examples using photographs are useful tools to illustrate the project particulars. Ultimately, buildable plans in CAD are produced to communicate the sticks and studs to builder(s) for pricing commitments and construction.
Design phase activities include
Project Size and Requirements Development
Architectural Style and Aesthetics
Conceptualization / Sketch Plans
3D Computer Modeling
Sketch Perspectives and Rendering
Interiors Co ordination
Product and Materials R+D
Project Management is most often the most underutilized yet most cost effective activity to approach a satisfactory project completion meeting expectations of all involved. Consistent communication strategies help ensure the plans are being properly followed, the construction work is of the quality and amount reflected by costs, and that the client is afforded professional advocacy in construction related issues.
Project Management activities may include
Fixed Price / Lump Sum
Cost Plus a Fee
Documents for the Contract
Review Applications for Payment
Observe Construction Progress
Review Conditions on Site
Contract Compliance Interaction
Response to Builder Required Information
Project and Contract Close Out
Full Services or Abbreviated Scope
Hourly with Reimbursables and Estimated Maximum
Fixed Sum with Provision for Scope Change
Pre Design / Pre Purchase Activities may include
Development Restrictions Assessment
Zoning and Variance Applications