From conception to completion, building a new structure is a multi-faceted process with three major elements, architecture, engineering, and construction.
Of course, it is easy to blur the lines between these three professions and forget the differences and significance each brings to the development stages.
Architects come in at the beginning of the design process. Their goal is to ensure that the structure’s purpose is fulfilled through detailed layout plans, space requirements, placement of doors, windows, staircases, and columns, as well as structural height, width, and length. Regulatory obligations are also completed by architects as they must understand the rules and regulations for the place of construction.
The architect will create conceptual drawings that showcase their proposed structural design. Once the client agrees to the blueprint visualizations, the next process begins– structural engineering.
Structural engineers review the details of the architect’s plans and how they pertain to a structure’s load-bearing support and how the structure will handle superimposed loads, winds, and earthquakes. Also highly considered are structural safety elements such as the skeletal frame, foundation depth, columns, and overall sturdiness. In short, a structural engineer ensures that a design plan meets all safety regulations by looking at the entire foundation up to the roofing.
Once a structural engineer completes the assessment and amends design visualizations and drawings, the construction can finally begin!
Contractors (or builders) are the ones who put the design plans into motion, from gathering all the materials and equipment to the actual labor of building a structure. The contractors will be able to estimate the time it will take to build a structure from start to finish and will keep the client updated on any delays that occur. This is probably the most exciting part for the client as they will start to see their dream home or building starting to form!
Bearing these three different, yet equally important processes in mind, will significantly strengthen the efficiency and success of your project. From residential to commercial to industrial projects, all three professionals should be involved to guarantee aesthetics, safety, and timeliness.
If you’re thinking about having a custom home or structure built, we can aide in a smooth transition from architect to structural engineer to contractor!
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Design Everest is OPEN! We work remotely and are fully committed to taking on and delivering projects.
Design Everest’s remote working model can safely take-up and deliver your projects within the current government guidelines on COVID-19 (a.k.a Coronavirus). This applies to many of our project scopes, including architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, and construction administration across California.
Design Everest is set up to remotely leverage digital platforms (virtual meetings, calls, emails etc.) in client-facing and internal operations. Over the years, we have advanced this ability to the extent that we can continue supporting new and existing clients across many of our projects. Even projects that need an on-site visit can be fulfilled safely via video calls or in-person visits, where permitted.
Note that the present government guidelines permit the delivery of essential services, including those related to construction.
YES, Design Everest's remote working model enables us to work safely with all clients, suppliers, industry partners, and internal staff as per government guidelines.
Design Everest can still support many of our types of projects (new or ongoing) safely. For example, new custom homes, accessory dwelling units, civil plans etc. We are committed to delivering these remotely and safely as per the current government guidelines. In case of any external dependency that is unavoidable/unavailable, your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager will keep you posted on it and try their best to keep your plans in-progress.
YES, our remote working model enables us to be fully committed to ongoing projects. In case of any external dependency that is unavoidable, unavailable or unsafe, your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager will keep you updated and try their best to keep your plans in-progress. If an on-site visit is not feasible via a video call, we will try our best to fulfill the visit safely, where permitted.
Some of our clients are already going ahead with their projects with us via video calls or virtual meetings. Your assigned Customer Success Manager or Project Manager is happy to help you with this, where needed.
There are multiple reasons for this. It's typical to plan the construction step in the summer. So, clients get started on the pre-construction steps (architecture, engineering, and construction admin) in winter or spring to stick to planned timelines.
Projects such as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Additions/Remodels enable clients to rent/resale and generate revenue. Meanwhile, many clients are concerned about protecting their families and businesses against earthquakes by retrofitting their homes and buildings. These are just a few of the various reasons why it’s still reasonable for clients to stick to their construction plans.
Feel free to phone us at (888) 311-3015 Alternatively, you may contact your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager directly via phone, email or virtual meetings.
To summarize, Design Everest is OPEN and able to serve new and existing clients, affiliates, suppliers, and industry partners.
Stay safe and rest assured that Design Everest can help you go ahead with your plans as per the recommended safety guidelines!