WHAT TO EXPECT
Sequencing: The Four Point Steps to a Successful Project
INVESTIGATION, DISCOVERY, ANALYSIS AND ON BOARDING
Every new project, no matter what the scope or scale, begins with strategic planning and programming and a “get to know you” introduction consultation. STEP ONE of every FOUR POINT project includes a complete project assessment and site analysis; an in-depth discussion researching the client’s goals and requirements; evaluation of all existing documentation and site conditions; determine initial design scope, feasibility, style, existing inventory; assessing project resources and limitations; identifying life, safety and code requirements; and understanding and developing the initial project schedules and budgets. This is also the time we on board the project by setting up communication; preparing document binders and on line systems for ongoing administration and operations; and set up all visual communication platforms.
DESIGN CONCEPT AND DEVELOPMENT
Once the analysis, scope of work, and preliminary project programming is established, the visual design planning begins. Design concepts are discussed and drawings are generated for client’s approval. Interviews and meetings with client(s) and construction teams commence as needed to determine project design details and articulate client’s vision. Such principals as balance, rhythm, progression and transition, details, scale, proportion, and color are thoughtfully considered and a full design-build concept is presented to the client(s) through visual illustrations; concept sketches; 2-D AutoCAD and 3-D drawings and/or models; and preliminary material, furniture, and color boards, for final approval. This is also the time we build the preliminary framework for budget and timeline.
FORMAL DESIGN PLANS, PROJECT DOCUMENTS, BIDDING, PROCUREMENT AND PRE-CONSTRUCTION PREPARATION
Now that the design concept has been determined and approved, we begin to organize the design schedule, finalize all interior and architectural details and construction documentation, and administrative details of your project. We determine project protocols and systems to communicate with specialists; establish, coordinate and set up communication systems with the trades and construction team; and establish administrative operating systems and project notebooks for ongoing project management through the construction process.
With thoughtful consideration to lead times and installation requirements, resourcing, planning and procurement begins for furniture, fixtures and finish materials. Formal design, details, and spatial planning drawings are now finalized, coordinated, and completed, and lead times are established for continuity and timeline, which may include several on and off site meetings with specialists, and other consultants. Final design documents will include any necessary design plans required to obtain permits, including schedules, FF&E, elevations, furniture plans, path of travel, Title 24 lighting plans, and ADA compliance where required. Structural engineering, mechanical drawings, architectural drawings, etc. will be coordinated as needed Permits will be obtained and managed as required as needed.
Contractor bidding will commence at this time, and a budget will be determined and presented for client approval. Value engineering and review of all construction bids will take place and will be ongoing throughout the duration of the project build out. Preliminary construction schedules and timelines will be generated and preparation for demolition and construction start up will commence.
PROJECT AND DESIGN OVERSIGHT AND INSTALLATION, STAGING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND CLOSE OUT
Once our client has secured a construction team, all systems are go and the construction phase begins. The next vital sets of services to take place are the contract and project administration, final furnishings procurement, tracking and receiving, and design oversight services. These are the key to ensuring our clients receive an experience as seamless as possible with immaculate results, and to make certain that construction is completed in conformance with the required codes, contracts, and approved design intent.
Project administration will include reviewing and managing all project billing and change orders; ongoing bid review and negotiation of terms and contracts; ongoing monitoring of all project schedules and construction costs; ongoing liaison with contractors, fabricators and consultants throughout the course of construction; on site check in; design purchasing and tracking; oversee all installation of furniture, finishes and fixtures; weekly project updates and meetings with client; coordinate and attend all site inspections with city officials as required, and with all contractors prior to the release of any funds to confirm percentage of completion. Final installation of all interior and exterior finishes, window treatments, furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E), and final staging and photoshoot. Conduct final walk throughs with all contractors, city officials, and client for sign-off.
If you’re interested in working and collaborating with an exciting and dynamic team like ours, passionately dedicated to your complete satisfaction during every phase of your luxury commercial or residential design and construction project, we invite you to please contact us today. Let’s get started!
The Four Point Design Build Team