The main emphasis of our work as architectural designers is to help clients by helping them realize a built environment (buildings and related site development) that meets their requirements related to function, aesthetics, budget and maintenance. The esoteric portion of this involves the manipulation of form, space and light to create environments in which people not only live, but thrive. A slightly more practical explanation of our work relates to discovering a client’s needs and working with them to develop solutions that allow them to live together (which includes working, teaching, learning, etc.), functioning efficiently, in an environment of appropriate aesthetic quality.
No matter what the project consists of, the interior of the space will almost always have human inhabitants at some point. Creating spaces in which it is comfortable for people to work, play, learn, heal, and live is an important part of any project. Practical benefits such as improved test results, increased productivity, and better task efficiency are also strong arguments for proper design. While we believe beauty to be essential, interior design also addresses durability, functionality, and usability issues at a high level of importance. SDS Architects has Interior Design professionals on staff full time and can provide this service as a standalone or as part of an overall project design.
When you have an existing facility, no matter what the age, special care is needed for remodeling and restoration that is best provided by a designer, whether an Architect or Interior Designer. SDS Architects has abundant experience working with older existing buildings (including structures of historic significance), and has the experience to create a solution that works for your facility functionally, structurally, and aesthetically.
When a project is beginning, sometimes a “high altitude” conceptual design is needed to begin evaluating further information such as suitable sites, development of a more detailed and realistic budget, or an analysis of feasibility. A designer – particularly an architect like SDS Architects is best suited to help clients with conceptual plans because of their unbiased views, creative problem‐solving ability, and vast knowledge of construction, material, and operating costs.
A site plan can include anything from the layout of a single lot and the siting of buildings, paved areas, and landscaping to a full campus plan including significantly more detail. Site plans created by Architects are technically accurate but often include more information and have a higher level of graphic competence than engineering plans, enabling them to serve as a valuable resource to facilities managers and owners.
When a project is being planned it can be hard to envision what it could look like. Today’s technology allows for very realistic‐looking artwork that can sometimes be mistaken for photography. Quality renderings can communicate intentions more clearly, and may encourage investment, attract media attention, impress customers or prospects, or help garner public support for your project.
Only a fraction of a facility’s costs occur during the construction phase of a project. The ongoing operational and maintenance costs of a building over time can overshadow construction costs in a hurry if an owner isn’t careful. Sustainable design includes any design which reduces environmental impact, implements opportunities for efficiency in choice of materials and systems, promotes lower operating and maintenance costs, and reduces waste. More advanced and committed sustainable design may include LEED certified or Green Globe projects and SDS Architects has multiple LEED projects (certified, Silver and Gold) in their portfolio.