Sometimes referred to as "CA" or "CM" this service refers to the process of making sure a contract for construction is adhered to by both parties. A construction contract is a complex document with many variables including materials, scheduling, pricing, warranties, performance deadlines, and sometimes fines or rewards. Changes on construction projects, particularly large ones, are present despite the most thorough of plans. Making sure a client is receiving what they agreed to pay for is a job that is best performed by an independent construction expert, such as an architect. SDS Architects administer construction contracts and they work very closely with the Owner to find solutions, anticipate issues, and solve problems on behalf of the client.
Construction projects of all sizes are usually hired by a bidding process. Even if a general contractor is identified and negotiated, they often have subcontractors bid for the work related to the project. The more clear and thorough the bidding documents, the better quality bids your project will receive in terms of accuracy. SDS Architects staff are construction experts and will help you create bidding documents that support the end product and project you are envisioning.
Just as it sounds, managing your building project is a service offered by SDS Architects. When a business, educational facility, or government entity takes on a new project their staff usually has a very limited amount of time to spend managing the project and keeping tabs on it. Many clients find it valuable to have experienced professionals manage the details and suggest solutions for any issues that may arise the project to keep disruptions to a minimum.
School Districts, Colleges, Universities, Municipal and Government facilities, as well as private businesses often know they need to expand or upgrade their facilities, but have difficulty identifying the specific needs and the best use of available monies. This type of design analysis is best done by expert staff, such as SDS Architects. Schools often pursue a “school study” to help determine their facility needs and need assistance explaining those needs to the community. Factors such as the usefulness of existing facilities, environmental requirements, population growth, and other specific data is taken into account to allow plans to be appropriate for their use as well as affordable.
Because of the complexity of many building projects, some owners with to have a representative for all official matters related to the project. This is common in projects run by a committee where there is not an internal lead, government or other public projects, or projects where a corporation wishes to protect their exposure and obtain the best performance. SDS Architects are building experts and are detail oriented, conscientious, and experienced managers and representatives.