Project Management

At KJG Architecture, we believe that true Project Management is the art of seamlessly directing and coordinating a building project through all of its phases, including Programming, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration. From concept to completion, our continuous involvement fosters the success of every KJG project. By adopting this approach to Project Management, KJG Architecture ensures that the original goals and design intent of each project are transformed into the final building our client first envisioned.

1. Programming
In the initial stages of planning a new facility or renovations to an existing facility, KJG Architecture meets regularly with the owner or an owner-appointed committee to assemble the design objectives for the project. Our program itemizes each space within the facility and defines the size, location, function, and design ideas for every space. Compiling an exhaustive and organized program is a vital first step in any building project.

2. Schematic Design
KJG Architecture’s creativity and design experience begins to shine during Schematic Design when we incorporate all of the information from the building program and produce various design options for the owner to review. During Schematic Design, KJG Architecture continues to sharpen our design and incorporate owner feedback to maximize the objectives set forth in the initial program. At the completion of Schematic Design, the owner is presented with dimensioned floor plans, interior and/or exterior elevations, an initial construction cost estimate, and colorful artistic renderings.

3. Design Development
Design Development is a crucial step in making sure that our Schematic Design is both practical and cost-effective. By paying close attention to the three-dimensional aspects of the project during Design Development, KJG can solve most design obstacles and code concerns before the Construction Document phase ever begins. During Design Development, we assemble our team of in-house professionals and consultants and begin to finalize the construction type and building materials that will be used for the project, still being sensitive to the goals we have previously established for the project. Our construction cost estimate is updated at the completion of Design Development to provide the owner with cost information relative to the current design.

4. Construction Documents
After Design Development is complete, KJG Architecture’s experienced staff of architects, engineers, and designers produce the necessary Construction Documents, including the drawings and specifications which the facility will be bid and built from. While creativity draws attention to a building’s design, KJG Architecture understands that accurate construction drawings are the true cornerstone of a successful project. KJG strives to provide clients with a creative design that is backed by exceptionally accurate and detailed construction drawings and specifications.

5. Construction Administration
KJG Architecture continues to provide clients with seamless services long after the Construction Documents are complete. We are sensitive to any standard construction procedures which the owner may already have established; therefore, we simply tailor our variety of Construction Administration services to best coincide with those of the overall team. KJG Architecture can assist with the process of obtaining a State design release, soliciting construction bids, and developing a contract with the selected builder. Once construction is under way, we continue to represent clients’ interests by providing job site inspections and responding to field questions. KJG Architecture completes every project with a final walk-through assessment and punch list, ensuring our clients’ goals and objectives which were first established in the building program have all materialized.

Selecting an Arhictect

From the American Institute of Architects, Indiana Chapter:

One of the best investments you can make is to speak with an architect at the earliest stage of planning. There are hundreds of considerations and decisions to make, and costly mistakes potentially lie behind each of them.

Architects have the education, experience, and vision necessary to guide you through the entire design and construction process successfully-from helping you define what you want to build to helping you get the most for your construction dollar. Architects are the only professionals in the construction industry who are ethically bound to represent your interests.

Look for the AIA initials after the name of an architect you consider for your project. AIA architects remain current with professional standards through continuing education and subscribe to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures dedication to high standards in professional practice.

Involving an AIA architect at the earliest stage in project planning provides a better opportunity to analyze your needs, develop effective solutions, and propose more ways to reduce costs from the beginning.

The best way to begin a new project is for you (the owner) to reflect on what you bring to it: knowledge, experience, needs, desires, aspirations, and personal opinions. You also provide the resources to realize your expectations.

Naturally, every owner starts from a different outlook. Some have had vast experience with design and construction and know what they want and how to go about getting it. Many owners have much less experience.

Whatever your situation, it makes sense to begin with some self-examination to assess what you already know about your project and what you will establish with your architect's help. The questions outlined below can serve as a guide. You don't need firm or complete answers to these questions at this point. Indeed, your architect will help you think them through. A general understanding of where you are, however, will help you select the best architect for the project.

Getting Started...

Ask yourself these questions:

1. What activities do you expect to take place in the building? Do you have specific ideas on how to translate these activities into specific spaces and square footage areas? In any event, an architect with experience in your particular building type can help you immensely to refine your design program (the collection of parameters from which design is derived).

2. Has a site been established, or will this decision also be a subject of discussion with the architect and others?

3. Have you and those with whom you are talking fixed a construction schedule and budget

4. What are your design aspirations? What thought have you given to the design message and amenities you are seeking in this project?

5. What are your overall expectations for the project? What are your motivations, both basic and high-minded, and what role does this project play in achieving your overall goals?

6. How do you make decisions? Will a single person sign off on decisions? Do you have a building committee?

7. How much information do you need to make decisions?

8. Where will the resources come from to create and operate this project? (Your architect can help you considerably here, for instance, to tap into reliable capital assistance or leverage modest first-cost upgrades into enormous life-cycle savings.)

9. How much experience do you have in design and construction? Have you done this before? If so, where have you been most successful, and where were you disappointed?

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AIA - You and Your Architect

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