AVELAR offers a variety of in-house architectural design services including reviewing, administering and facilitating key aspects of new and existing building construction. Our evaluation and assessment of design and construction documents, existing building conditions, bids and contracts provides the necessary oversight to minimize adverse risk to our clients, the design and construction professionals involved, and the project overall.
AVELAR offers a variety of in-house architectural design services including reviewing, administering and facilitating key aspects of new and existing building construction.
Our evaluation and assessment of design and construction documents, existing building conditions, bids and contracts provides the necessary oversight to minimize adverse risk to our clients, the design and construction professionals involved, and the project overall.
AVELAR provides stand-alone structural engineering services as well as integrated support of broad project teams.
While we specialize in reconstruction and evaluation of existing buildings, we also have wide ranging experience in new building design. Our expertise includes foundations and concrete structures, evaluation and repair of wood structures, and forensic / litigation support.
AVELAR has the in-house staff and other resources to provide building performance testing services to support building investigations.
AVELAR has expertise in managing and expediting reconstruction projects by providing a full range of services tailored to meet a variety of needs. These services include:
Architectural Design Services:
Overall Repair Plan
Our Overall Repair Plan (ORP) assists clients in assessing and prioritizing repairs or improvements to existing structures that were identified during litigation or a building condition assessment. The ORP process is project specific and involves the development of a plan that addresses immediate and long-term repair needs. The ORP is a roadmap and essential planning tool intended to consolidate all relevant information required by clients to enable informed decision-making and establish a repair scope and timeline based on available funds.
In developing an ORP, we:
Once the ORP has been approved, it will serve as a basis for the bidding and construction documents required for the actual repairs and reconstruction.
Schematic and Design Development
During the initial stage of a design project, AVELAR will meet with the owner to understand the project goals and requirements. Our team can then conduct the appropriate research and produce schematic design documents outlining the concept of the design. These include drawings, an outline of specifications and other documents that illustrate the scale and relationship of the project’s components. Once approved by the owner, the project can move forward to the design development phase.
During design development, AVELAR will produce design documents with more detail. We’ll refine and develop various aspects to include additional details for the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, as well as materials and other elements needed for the project. Once approved by the owner, the project can move on to developing construction documents.
Construction Drawings and Specifications
Construction drawings and specifications are needed to obtain comprehensive construction bids, building permits and construction contracts, and to identify all the work that is necessary. They establish and define the scope of work, and the quantity and quality of the work to be performed by the general contractor. Construction drawings and specifications prepared by licensed architects protect both owners and contractors from potential discrepancies or misunderstandings during the course of construction. A comprehensive and well-thought-out set of contract documents is the unifying directive that leads to the successful completion of the work.
The AVELAR team can:
Bidding and Negotiations Support
AVELAR can direct and provide oversight of the entire process to secure construction bids from qualified, fully licensed and insured general contractors or subcontractors. Our services include:
Construction Contract Administration
Once a contract has been negotiated and executed between an owner and contractor, AVELAR can provide administrative services to ensure that the construction work being performed complies with the contract documents. Our services during this construction phase include:
The AVELAR team is well versed in computer-aided design (CAD) and technology, so we can prepare presentation drawings that:
The restoration/preservation and reconstruction of historic structures requires great attention to detail and an understanding of the process that ensures responsible treatment of culturally and historically significant and important buildings. The AVELAR common-sense approach is one that is sensitive and respectful to the architectural integrity of the original design, while balancing the needs, expectations and financial budget of the client.
Design-Build is an alternative to the traditional “Design-Bid-Build” project delivery system that incorporates design and construction services under one contract. This well-established project delivery system — which is embraced by the American Institute of Architects — uses a team-based approach that is both efficient and cost effective.
There are numerous advantages of Design-Build, particularly in the context of post-litigation repair work. These include:
AVELAR has worked with a variety of general contractors to successfully complete Design-Build repair work on hundreds of projects and thousands of units ranging from single-family homes to large apartment, condominium and commercial developments, to historic properties in need of rehabilitation. Our Design-Build team provides an efficient, cost-effective and high-quality approach from a single source.
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