It’s not entirely different working with commercial architects than with residential architects. However, the more complex and large-scale projects such as hotels, shopping malls, offices and factories, sports facilities, hospitals, and other commercial structures handled by commercial architects make all the difference.

Developers, like homeowners, also have to do the right research for them to get the best commercial architects to design their projects.

The multiple roles expected from a commercial architect include:

Initial discussion of the project

Arranging an initial discussion with a commercial architect is a must for you to see if he/she is the right fit for the project. The initial consultation between a client and a commercial architect involves the project’s requirements.

Some of these requirements that need to be discussed include structural features of the proposed commercial building. This could include elements such as parking areas, elevators, bathroom facilities for guests and employees, and cafeterias.

A site visit will be one of the requirements a commercial architect will initiate if the project involves a pre-existing structure. This will allow the architect to determine whether a new building needs to be constructed or make it possible to do remodeling or renovation. Moving on to the next stage happens only when the client and architect agree on the feasibility of the project.

Information gathering and development of the design

All pertinent information that plays significant roles in the project is gathered by the commercial architect. This includes requirements for submission of a permit, past permits, if any, zoning maps, data of past parcel, and a lot more.

Being equipped with information allows the commercial architect to make some adjustments to the project plans. It also allows the architect to determine the aesthetics, timeline, and budget.

An initial sketch will be executed by the architect for the client to review. Scale models and detailed drawings are developed when it’s approved by the client. Some of the professionals that architects need to seek further design input include ventilating experts, interior and lighting designers, and electrical and structural engineers.

Often, the design challenges of commercial buildings and structures can be demanding and unique. Working closely with the other construction professionals enables a commercial architect to come up with a proposed design.

The proposed design is then changed to one with detailed specifications upon approval from the client.

Produce diagrams and jumpstart the permit process

Arranging a meeting with the proper building authorities is the next step a commercial architect does before construction. The meeting enables the architect to confirm the zoning and building codes with the proper authorities.

A diagram is created by the architect showing all the project’s elements that includes building and zoning codes as well. Diagramming the entire project allows the members of the construction team to address potential issues as well as provide them the perfect time to offer solutions. A schematic design is then developed from the diagramming.

The schematic design evolves to permit documents and submitted to the proper authorities.

A commercial project involves an intricate maze of stages that only a reputable and experienced commercial architect can handle right. The complexities of constructing a commercial structure require the services of other professionals on top of the commercial architect. Learn more about us by contacting us at commercial architects