What are the architecture phases?
Each of the six phases has a distinct purpose. You as the owner will be required to make key decisions during each phase. The following is an outline of the standard six phases and the general goal for each.
The Six Design Phases
Goal: Research and determine the owner’s criteria for the project.
The owner's criteria is typically: budget, schedule, program and the actual building site.
| Schematic Design
Goal: Utilizing the criteria established in Pre-design,graphically explore design alternative concepts. Then present these options to the owner and narrow them.
| Design Development
Goal: refine and develop the design such that most of the major design decisions have been made. Implement the various systems into the building.
| Construction Documents
Goal: to prepare the technical written and graphic documents that set forth the requirements for constructing the project and obtaining government agency approvals.
| Construction Procurement
Goal: To assist the the owner in the selection of a contractor to build the project.
| Construction Observation
Goal: To observe the construction of the project for general conformance to the construction documents. Assist the owner with contractor payment requests. Handle requests for changes during construction.
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