Services

Alternative Architecture offers a wide range of services relating to the practice of architecture and the construction industry. The following are some of the services offered by our firm:

Pre-design Services

  • Programming: Assisting the Client in establishing the space requirements and needs for the specific project, including projecting future expansion needs.
  • Site / Feasibility Studies: An analysis of the proposed site for the project to determine whether or not the site will be adequate for the proposed project given the site’s constraints such as zoning and other regulations, easements, etc.
  • Existing Facilities Surveys

Design Services

  • Architectural Design services, including conceptual design, Schematic Design and Design Development.
  • Preparation of Construction Documents
  • Materials research and specifications
  • Interior Design
  • 3-D Cad renderings and Modelling
  • Perspective Sketches and Renderings

Bidding and Negotiation

  • Assist the owner in selecting qualified contractors for the project. Review Contractor’s qualification statements
  • Analysis of proposed substitutions of products
  • Pre-Bid conference: Conduct a meeting with potential bidders to answer any questions
  • Prepare formal Bid Form and Invitation to Bid
  • Bid analysis and recommendation
  • Contract Negotiation: Assist the Owner in preparing the formal Owner-Contractor contract and the contract negotiation phase.

Contract Administration Services

  • Site inspections to review the progress and quality of the construction
  • Progress Meetings: Conduct monthly progress meetings
  • Review Contractor’s monthly payment applications
  • Review and execute formal change orders

 Energy Analysis and Energy Retrofit

  • For new construction, advise the client on the use of alternative construction methods and cutting-edge mechanical systems which can maximize the building’s efficiency and reduce utility costs.
  • Energy Retrofits-analyze existing buildings to determine what architectural changes and new mechanical systems can best improve/reduce the buildings energy consumption.
  • Life Cycle cost analysis

 Forensics

  • Inspect existing facilities to determine the cause of various problems or failures with the construction, including common problems such as: water leaks, corrosion of materials, structural failures, mold and mildew, etc.
  • Arrange for testing of materials by independent testing laboratories
  • Prepare written reports documenting the cause(s) of the problem
  • Prepare drawings and specifications as needed for the correction of the problem
  • Expert witness testimony for court cases