Design Phase

In the design phase, the Architect and Consultant team take the information gathered in the Pre-Design Phase and incorporate it into a cohesive building design. Various alternative Schematic Designs – “sketches” or big-picture designs of the project – are often developed and presented to the Client. The chosen design is then developed in greater detail in “Design Development”.

Once the Design Development drawings have been approved by the Client,the Consultant team begins to work on developing construction or tender documents. These highly detailed drawings are accompanied by detailed written specifications which are used to receive tender pricing by Contractors. (See Construction Phase for more information).

What are the Client’s responsibilities?

Pre-Design
Provide general information about the project and what is required – i.e.priorities, budgets, functional program, legal and topographic surveys and geotechnical information – and obtain a site.

Schematic Design
Review concepts and design options, discuss the review with the Architect and select a design.

Design Development
Review the detailed design information and provide approval to move forward.

What deliverables can you expect from the Architect and their Consultant team?

Schematic Design
Site analysis, conceptual floor plans, basic building massing and preliminary mechanical and electrical concepts.

Design Development
Document showing all design elements including structural, mechanical and electrical drawings.

Construction Documents
Documents showing all design elements including structural, mechanical and electrical drawings.