Services

Available services at Green Building Council

At Green Building Council, nearly 10 licensed architects can provide a scope of small to large-scale architectural services. You can rest assured that the team who will handle your project have varied experiences and wide knowledge about the service. Take a look at the list below to see the specialities of the Green Building Council:

Basic architectural services at Green Building Council

Basic architectural services are what our architects do for every design. These are called basic because the client should expect these services to be included in the project contract. Check out what our basic architectural services typically include by reading below:

Programming

The scope of work will be designed during programming. Here, no actual design is being created. Our architects will mostly ask you some questions to obtain a better knowledge of your needs, desires and requirements. The research and decision-making process takes place here as well. This is primarily consulting work but we should have a list of the project objectives and needs by the end of this process.

Schematic design

The schematic design is where our architect will be working on the building’s fundamentals. Rather than formal drawings, there will be a lot of sketching. Here, the floor plans, site drawings and building elevations should all be developed. This will provide you with a detailed description of the building’s structural, mechanical, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, as well as the interior and exterior finishes of the construction site. At this stage, our architect can present to you their basic design.

Design development

Now that we have the basic design, our architects will now start refining it. In this phase, they will examine individual materials and assess them for aesthetics, durability and cost. This is when you will choose the best materials such as countertop or shower tile materials, based on the architect’s suggestions. By now, you should have the entire design.

Document construction

A product will be delivered during the document construction phase which are 2 complete sets of drawings. Here, the documents should cover every aspect and incorporate every design feature and element of the project.

Construction administration

Construction Administration usually includes our architect acting as your representative throughout the construction process. Size visits, material testing and inspections ensure that the contractor is following the blueprints and not cutting corners.

Many people debate whether construction administration should be a basic or optional service. However, the Green Building Council always provides this as part of our basic services. This is because most clients do not have the experience and knowledge to supervise the construction by themselves. However, it is in your best interest if you need this service or you can oversee the construction by yourself.

Additional services

Additional services are those that are not necessary to be included in a standard contract. The Green Building Council knows that the more services we provide, the better we will be able to help our clients. Take a look at the additional architectural services we offer below:

Alternative project delivery selection

Design-bid-build and design-build are the most common project delivery strategies. This is because these methods are best understood by owners, architects and contractors. However, there are situations when a different method of project delivery is the best option. Perhaps you must adhere to a strict schedule or limit expenses as much as possible.

In such cases, our architect will offer a variety of project delivery methods and will assist in choosing the best one for the job. Take note that you should be the one who is responsible for selecting a project delivery method. Thus, requesting the assistance of our architect would be an additional service the architect may provide. As a result, there will be an extra charge.

Record drawings

Every owner of an existing record through a set of drawings that document the structure as it is now. These are useful for the building’s future development since most architects require them before beginning work on a project. If you lose track of these drawings for a variety of reasons, you will need to redesign them with the help of an architect.

The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice defines as-built drawings as drawings created by the contractor to document any changes made to the original design during construction. The adjustments made in red ink should be visible on the as-built drawings. Since architects prepare record drawings based on information provided by the contractor, they can’t be validated by the architect and the architect won’t be held liable.

Sustainable design

Clients are increasingly asking architects for sustainable design services, such as analyzing materials’ impact on the following:

  • Health
  • Design for well-being
  • Energy analysis
  • Ventilation
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Carbon accounting
  • Project sustainability assessment 

These services are not provided by every architect, which is why Green Building Council incurs an additional charge for them.

Urban design

In urban environments, how buildings and structures interact to produce a pleasant atmosphere is equally as vital as the design of individual buildings. The urban design focuses on groupings of buildings, transportation systems, public spaces, services and amenities. Since it involves elements of landscape architecture and city planning, many architects will need to hire outside experts with experience in these domains. As the scope of the project grows, the architectural contract can expand to meet the needs and create a far more improved project.

Bidding, negotiating and price discussions

In most cases, the architect is the only person on your side who knows how to build a structure and how much it costs. You will often have little to no bargaining expertise when it comes to architectural services and materials and you may have no idea how much it should cost.

This is where our architects can be incredibly useful since they understand what is too much and what is too little in terms of cost. They also know what improvements can be made to reduce costs without compromising the original design’s quality. If you are uneasy with these kinds of conversations, hiring an architect to assist you is a good idea.

Project management

Project management includes any services that you think you are not capable of handling on your own. This could include material selection or any collaboration with other parties involved. If our architect is asked to offer project management as an extra service, it is usually done on an hourly basis. Because neither the owner nor the architect knows exactly how this service will be provided during the project, an hourly charge rather than a flat price protects both you and our architect regardless of what happens.

3D renderings

Since most clients are primarily interested in the final product rather than the technique used to create it, our architects may now render 3D representations of the projects. This gives you a good idea of what your project will look like. It can also be used to gather support for the project as promotional material by creating a short clip that shows a camera travelling through a 3D representation of the project. While design drawings are often included in basic services, 3D graphics are not because of the additional expense and time required to create them.

Feasibility studies

A feasibility study analyzes if a project is worthwhile to the owner. Here, we will examine the proposed site as well as other criteria to assess whether or not this project will produce your desired results. A feasibility study also examines your legal right to construct what you envision which will help you figure out what should be prevented from developing.

Mixed-use architecture

If you want a mixed-use structure, you need to identify architects who specialize in this type of design. Mixed-use structures are single buildings that function as houses, restaurants, workspaces, medical services or other combinations. This service is often used to create buildings with a village vibe where people do not have to travel far to work or play.

Site selection

The location of a building is just as significant as the design of the building. This is why site selection should be done. It is a complex procedure that changes depending on the building’s intended usage. When choosing a location for a retail space, factors such as the amount of competition and the cost of living in the area are often considered. It is not ideal to build a business space in an area where it must compete with multiple other firms or where locals cannot afford the products or services.

Building condition audit

A building condition audit should only be performed on a completed structure. Here, our architect can assist in the search for structural flaws or out-of-code building components. An audit might look at things like how the building’s overall condition is if existing capacity can be safely raised, whether the facility is capable of serving the owner’s needs or how much longer the building can survive.