Because no two projects are ever the same, we begin each new client relationship by working diligently toward an understanding of not only the client’s particular functional requirements, but also a fundamental understanding of the client’s past experience with architecture and construction. Working with the client to develop an assessment of the project, and a scope of work, we weave together the topic of function and aesthetic to define a set of architectural goals. As the dialogue emerges, issues of budget and schedule are addressed, and become the foundation for a comprehensive proposal that covers every aspect of the project from design through construction.
Once work on the project begins, the first task is to ascertain the program needs that will drive the layout of the design. The program, derived from the client’s needs, and refined throughout the programming process, results in a document that will serve as the basis for the design. Because they pertain directly to the programming, consideration is given to both budget and schedule throughout this phase of work.
The next step involves application of the programmatic goals to the specific site and physical circumstances. Throughout the site analysis, the relationship of the program to the site drives the dialogue. If a site has not been selected, assistance is provided in selecting a site that best fits the programmatic needs, and the client’s desires.
After analysis, programming, and site selection, everything is in place to begin generating design concepts. The programmed spaces are arranged across the site according to their relationship to the site, neighboring program elements, views, topography, and so on. Additional consideration is given, throughout the process, to value and efficiency of building systems, overall cost-effectiveness of the design, and alternative solutions to work toward the optimal solution. Based on the preliminary design, a cost-analysis is prepared and discussed in relationship to the project goals. After approval of preliminary design, and cost-estimate, construction documents are prepared. Upon completion of construction documents, the package is submitted to the appropriate agencies for a building permit. The traditional architect-contractor relationship is unable to produce this degree of control from concept to execution.
Taking equal care with the construction of the project as with the design ensures the concepts are accurately communicated in the end product. Our in-house staff of project managers and superintendents is directly overseen by the designer and architect, and are thus able to articulate with ease architectural concepts that other construction firms struggle to produce. Close communication between the ‘design’ and ‘construction’ aspects of the project set the stage for the best possible end result.
The goal, from the outset, is owner-occupancy of a unique, architectural space. In the end, our clients find that what they are given exceeds their expectations. PATRY building company’s ability to convey architecturally significant projects within a client-specified budget provides every client, every project, with the additional value of certainty.