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Basic Steps to carry out Retrofit Jobs on Old Buildings

The environmental effect on structures has got progressively evident. Numerous associations perceive the worth of green buildings and sustainability as a part of their duty. Green or sustainable practices inside commercial structures produce better and more energy effective models of operations and upkeep. Architectural Design Firms are designing buildings keeping in mind green building retrofits to enhance sustainability.

Surely, a structure doesn’t need to be new to be productive. The quantity of existing, in-services buildings predominate the quantity of new development projects. Retrofits for existing structures can in this manner produce an outsized environmental effect when contrasted with an emphasis exclusively on green design and construction practices.

Green building retrofits delivers proven outcomes with negligible expense. The leading building owners have effectively drawn in green building retrofits as the way to future models of sustainability. More than narrow vertical items, horizontal platform approaches have driven interest in heaps of innovation that interoperate to deliver further efficiencies with a complete methodology.

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Role of Architects in various Construction Projects

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Architects are accountable for design and project planning, along with the visual appearance of structures and constructions. An architect is an individual who is licensed by the local governing bodies. To be licensed to practice architecture, one has to go through various exams, preparations and professional training.

Architects work in connection and coordination with different experts live HVAC and Civil engineers to deliver complete design plans. Architects have a few obligations during all phases of a project, from the underlying drafts and meetings to the inauguration of a structure. The architects are chosen by the client and they have the obligation of accumulate all the data and thoughts important to make a practical space that addresses customer issues and requirements while being code compliant.

Once an architect is finalized by the client, multiple meetings are called to examine the project needs and necessities. A few meetings may happen until both parties are happy with the conceptual plan. Planning a whole structure by an architect alone is a massive errand; therefore, architects work in coordination with specialized experts such as structural, civil, HVAC engineers to talk about technical issues and the structural integrity of a structure. Architectural Design Firms have in-house licensed engineers and architects who can work together on a project.

Architects are not simply engaged with the building design stage. Their job is significant in each phase of a project, and this article sums up their duties. Architects can likewise help improve energy effectiveness, by planning structures that boost normal lighting and ventilation, while lessening the warming and cooling needs.

Meetings and Project Discussion

An architectural designer is hired by the client to make a detailed plan of an idea or thought that the client needs to rejuvenate. Meetings and conversations with various colleagues and designing experts occur before the endorsement of any plan. A few subjects that are talked about during these meetings are customer prerequisites, anticipated spending plan, site characteristics, security and local planning regulations.

Construction Drawings and Documentation

Architects are liable for making detailed drawings and testing the feasibility of the project. Customarily this was finished by hand, however current BIM and CAD software speed up the cycle significantly. During this stage, numerous corrections and redrawing happen to consolidate changes dependent on customer needs, spending plan and guidelines.

The last outcomes enable the developers to deliver the ideal design, and this incorporates plans for all such as mechanical, structural and electrical systems. Other specialized reports that should be made alongside the plans are design instructions and technical specifications for the contractors handling Construction Services. Following the final plan comes the contract proposal, which creates cost estimates and the timescale to complete the project.

Cost Estimation

Cost estimations at various phases of the project permits better command over the spending plan. Architects imagine the entire structure and come up with innovative ideas and designs, yet these additionally require a foundational layout and MEP installations.

Engineers and architects should be mindful so as not to disparage the expense of materials and construction time, since this gives compelling cost estimations. The measures of subtleties introduced by architects in their cost estimations relies upon their degree of work: they can be responsible for introducing a total construction estimation, or simply a section like landscaping.

Contracts and Construction

Architects can help during the contract negotiation phase, and they may recommend and pick the contractor which is best suitable for the job. When all tenders are received, the architect in charge does investigation and analysis, and results are compared with the client’s expectation and budget.

When development starts, architects go for site visits and meetings, negotiates contracts and manages and settles any issues that may happen. A portion of the documentation that happens during the development stages will require architect’s mark and endorsement.

Architect’s Must Have

Client Service: It is significant for architects to foster social abilities and habits, since they are typically the principal construction professional that works with the client. Since they work intimately with clients during all project stages, architects should have great oral and written communication abilities.

Design Plan: Architects should design plan, and foster ideas to make construction plans and technical specifications. These depend on clients’ requirements and thoughts.

Research: Architects should find out about the distinctive building regulations, safety guidelines, construction advancements and city laws that influence their plans. Since these guidelines are in consistent advancement, they should keep up to-date with new laws and prerequisites.

Technical Expertise: Architects should be prepared to use modeling techniques and software like BIM, CAD etc. This will assist them with staying competitive in the construction industry which is getting more innovative and technical.

Conclusion

As talked about previously, architects and civil designers cooperate during the planning, design, and development phases of building projects. The difference is the thought about the primary objective of every expert.

Architects usually look for the style, aesthetics, feel, and functionality of a construction. Note that architects additionally have technical knowledge on construction strategies and foundational layout, however, that viewpoint is mostly assigned to structural designers.

Structural specialists or civil engineers provide Engineering Design Services focusing on the structural integrity of the project. This included ensuring the design will uphold the heaps and powers it will endure during its life expectancy. A decent working connection between various stakeholders ensures a viable and fruitful work.

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5 Stages of Architectural Design Process

You might have wondered what are different stages while providing Architectural Design Services. Be it hotel, residential design architecture, commercial, warehouse, storage, industrial or retail, etc. In this article, we will explain all phases that are involved in a design-build of a new construction/development project.

There are typically 5 stages of architectural design involved in a design-build of any project.

These 5 phases/stages are

PRE-DESIGN (PD)

The first objective is to get-together with a client and determines overall project vision and goals. There are some key areas to discuss the project – scope, features, purpose, and functionality.

SCHEMATIC DESIGN (SD)

In this phase, we do series of rough sketches/drawings that illustrate the basic concepts of the design. Also, initial research of local compliance and regulations are completed at this time.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT (DD)

This phase involves finalizing the design and specifying items such as materials, window and door locations and general structural details.

CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS (CD)

By now we have a final design. We can begin preparing construction drawings/blueprints, notes, and technical specifications necessary for bidding, construction, and permit application.

CONSTRUCTION

During this phase, we will build as per the design intent. Also if there are any changes, we discuss changes and options with the owner. It ensure that alterations are compatible with owner’s vision for the project.

  • PRE-DESIGN (PD)

    The first objective is to get-together with a client and determines overall project vision and goals. There are some key areas to discuss the project – scope, features, purpose, and functionality.

  • SCHEMATIC DESIGN (SD)

    In this phase, we do series of rough sketches/drawings that illustrate the basic concepts of the design. Also, initial research of local compliance and regulations are completed at this time.

  • DESIGN DEVELOPMENT (DD)

    This phase involves finalizing the design and specifying items such as materials, window and door locations and general structural details.

  • CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS (CD)

    By now we have a final design. We can begin preparing construction drawings/blueprints, notes, and technical specifications necessary for bidding, construction, and permit application.

  • CONSTRUCTION

    During this phase, we will build as per the design intent. Also if there are any changes, we discuss changes and options with the owner. It ensure that alterations are compatible with owner’s vision for the project.

1 – PRE-DESIGN (PD)

The first objective is to get-together with a client and determines overall project vision and goals. Irrespective of the industry being residential, healthcare, industrial, hospitality etc., there are some key areas to discuss the project –  scope, features, purpose, and functionality.

In this phase, we carry out

  • Client consultation
  • Existing conditions survey and documentation
  • Photographs
  • Measurements
  • Compile existing drawings if any
  • Prepare high-level base drawings
  • Statement of probable build/construction cost
  • Programming space and use
  • Code review

This phase ends with owner’s decision to move forward with a project.

2 – SCHEMATIC DESIGN (SD)

In this phase, we do series of rough sketches/drawings that illustrate the basic concepts of the design.  Also, initial research of local compliance and regulations are completed at this time.

At the end of this phase, we deliver

  • Floor plans of all levels with generic openings and plumbing fixtures
  • Exterior building elevations with representative openings and finishes
  • Building cross-section
  • Typical wall section

And we move to the next phase with the owner’s approval.

3 – DESIGN DEVELOPMENT (DD)

Design development collects the results from the schematic design phase and takes them one step further.

This phase involves finalizing the design and specifying items such as materials, window and door locations and general structural details.

At the end of this phase, we deliver

  • Floor plans with a proposed basis of design openings and plumbing fixtures
  • Overall dimensions
  • Structural grid dimensions
  • Interior wall dimensions
  • Exterior elevations with a proposed basis of design openings and finishes
  • Additional building sections
  • Wall sections at all typical conditions
  • Typical details
  • Additional details to establish a basis for design products

Now we have given shape to project ’s vision through drawings and written specifications.

4 – CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS (CD)

By now we have a final design. We can begin preparing construction drawings/blueprints, notes, and technical specifications necessary for bidding, construction, and permit application. Construction contractors will use these detailed drawings and specifications to prepare for the construction.

In this phase, we deliver

  • Floor plans fully annotated
  • All dimensions
  • Room, wall, door, and window identification
  • Section and detail indicators
  • General notes and detailed notes
  • Exterior elevations fully annotated
  • All building sections required for construction
  • Wall sections at all conditions
  • Details fully annotated
  • Structural plans, details, and notes
  • Plumbing plans, schedules, details, and notes
  • HVAC plans, schedules, details, and notes
  • Electrical power and lighting plans, schedules, details, and notes

And we move to the final phase

5 – CONSTRUCTION

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Finally, the construction is underway.

During this phase, we will build as per the design intent. Also if there are any changes, we discuss changes and options with the owner. It ensure that alterations are compatible with owner’s vision for the project. This is the last phase and at the end of this phase, a project is ready for the use/occupancy.

Feel free to reach out to us on info@rdaep.com if you are planning a new construction project. Check out the latest Hotel construction trends in Northeast of USA.

ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION TRENDS IN 2018
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Architecture, Design & Construction Trends in 2018

Architecture, Design & Construction Trends in 2018_by Russell and Dawson

As we say goodbye to 2017 and head into a new year, let us understand the trends that will be impacting architecture, design and construction industry. As you read further, you will find that some of the trends shared below are not brand new, but their relevance is of utmost importance in current “latest” trend. Other construction trends are further out in the future, and may never materialize. Take a few minutes and ask yourself some simple questions:

  • “How can my company effectively respond to this trends to remain competitive and even gain a competitive advantage?”
  • “Will this trend impact our industry?”
  • “Will this trend specifically impact my company – or my clients?”

Top 5 Architecture Design & Construction Trends in 2018

1. Prefabrication and Modular Construction become Mainstream

The previous trend was about the need to improve construction productivity. Prefab and modular construction are an excellent way to do this. One of the classic example of this trend is The Great Pyramid of Giza. Where its outer limestone blocks were cut ten miles away and were transported upriver, making prefabrication popular since ancient times. However, in recent years this trend has been picking up in use and acceptance. Case in point: a mechanical contractor that has adopted a manufacturing-style approach, utilizing prefabrication and modular construction to build much of a given mechanical system in their shops, and then transport the modules to the project site.  Electrical contractors and drywall installers have seen the benefits of this approach. They are now regularly asking the mechanical contractor to incorporate conduit piping and drywall hangers into their assemblies.

2. BIM (Building Information Modeling) Continues to Evolve as Firms Integrate 4D, 5D, but 6D Remains Elusive

As per a recent survey, in the last three-quarters, every A/E/C firms have been involved with at least one BIM project. But the reality is that many mid-sized construction firms still have no BIM experience. They may have be “involved” in a BIM project; by outsourcing to RDAEP for designing in Revit, but then went old-school with 2D drawings and specs. There was no use of implementing the building model during construction phase. The concept of owners integrating building models for Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) is still not mainstream. The primary reason is not having a qualified staff. Companies don’t understand the value of the model post-construction.

RDAEP helps such companies by providing Architectural Design Services and developing models using AutoCAD and engineering software. To respond to the growing prevalence of Building Information Modeling, many countries are seeking to implement national standards. In the United States, a number of organizations, firms, and government agencies have partnered to develop the National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US).

3. Protecting Coastal Cities Becomes Priority

The New York Times recently published an article about investors shying away from coastal real estate, like in areas of Florida facing increasing king tides. An article in the Scientific American noted that the sea level rise over the coming century could be the highest in human history, with the east coast of North America baring much of the brunt. Some scientists have revised their sea rise forecasts upward, and are now projecting that by 2100 many coastal cities will be abandoned.

Now the question to ask is How will governments respond? How will they protect such heavily populated cities like New York and Miami?  Where will the funds come from? With many recent natural disasters happening worldwide, the trend of safeguarding coastal cities has gaining priority. But as time passes, its importance recedes like the tide. Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy brought this trend to the forefront of the national consciousness. New natural disasters like Autumn hurricanes stir new fears.

4. Profitability Continues to be Thin for Many Firms

PSMJ Resources just reported that based upon their 2016 Circle of Excellence data, the top A/E firms are exceeding 35% profit.  But a lot of design and construction firms still struggle with low margins. There are scattered anecdotal evidence of A/E/C firms working for cost to keep staff busy.  Certainly, things are better than they were during The Great Recession. Those areas heavily dependent upon the energy industry and fracking, the past few years haven’t exactly been boom time. Third-party facilities management are increasingly bidding out professional services. Productivity, New delivery models and Innovation are the three important pillars to become profitable.

5. Evolution of Project Delivery

According to this article by McKinsey, manufacturing productivity gains have outpaced construction productivity gains by 1.7 times since 1994. Furthermore, construction productivity has slightly declined during this time. The article refers to several factors for this: poor organization, inadequate communication, flawed performance management, contractual misunderstandings, missed connections, poor short-term planning, insufficient risk management, and limited talent management. Any of that sound familiar?  In recent years, very few A/E/C firms have been directly involved with PPP (Public-Private-Partnership) funded projects. Still there’s a lot of work to be done. With IPD (Integrated Project Delivery), an interesting concept that combines having a fully-integrated team with risk/reward sharing on a given project, has been gaining huge acceptance in the coming years.

There’s a lot of Architecture Design & Construction trends out there to follow, and these are but a few. Contact RDAEP, a full-service Architectural and Engineering Design and Drafting Firm to help you align to the trends. We offer services like 2D architectural drafting, 3D drafting projects, Design-Build Construction. If you are looking to outsource engineering and 2D drafting, then have a look at some of our projects to understand the scope and range of our services. Call us on (860) 289-1100 or Contact Us for your Design Engineering requirements.

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Russell and Dawson Adds Construction Services to become A/E/C firm

Russell and Dawson Adds Construction Services to become A/E/C firm

Adds construction services to deliver better value, superior quality, and faster completion to clients in the Northeast states

Hartford, Connecticut, March 22, 2018

Russell and Dawson LLC, one of the longest-serving architectural and engineering firms in the history of Connecticut, will now offer construction services to deliver better value, higher quality and faster completion to clients across various markets in the northeast states.

Since 1965, Russell and Dawson has provided integrated A & E services for all sizes of projects across various markets. The decision to offer construction services supports strategic initiatives to achieve superior results for clients that positively impact business outcomes and to expand steady growth. “With addition of our design-build construction services, now we can seamlessly integrate architecture, engineering and construction teams which will deliver many benefits such as speed to market, improved cost controls, operational efficiencies and superior design & quality to our clients.” said Russell and Dawson President Chirag Thaker.

At the Fairfield Inn & Suites located in Williamstown, MA, Russell and Dawson was commissioned by 430 Main Hotels LLC, to provide integrated architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) services for the development of a 56,000 SQFT hotel with 95 rooms on a two-acre land. “We selected Russell and Dawson as design-build contractor and having them as single source responsibility benefitting us a lot. We are confident project will complete on time, within budget and as per the brand specifications,” said Navin Shah, Owner of 430 Main Hotels LLC.

Other hospitality projects being done by Russell and Dawson includes:

Russell and Dawson LLC (www.rdaep.com):

Russell and Dawson is a client-1st architectural design firm, engineering and construction services firm based out of Hartford, Connecticut. Since 1965, Russell and Dawson has created more than 100 million square feet of space with trust and creativity through the execution of more than 10,000 projects across various markets/industries/sectors in the northeast states – New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, and New Hampshire.

For more information, please contact:

Nirav Shah

Russell and Dawson LLC

860 289 1100 Extension 305

Nirav (dot) shah (at) rdaep (dot) com

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