Srote & Co exhausts all efforts to assure our solution for your building project meets or exceeds your goals in a creative, efficient, healthy, and sustainable manner; all while adhering to your stated budget.
We approach every project the same, no matter the size. First and foremost, we LISTEN to your needs, dreams, and desires. Then after gathering as much information as possible about the project we utilize our creative and technological skills to design your project.
We begin each project working with you to develop a written program that puts into words the spacial requirements, functional requirements, schedule requirements, and financial constraints for the project.
While we approach each project in a studio atmosphere promoting collaboration and insight from every member of our organization, the firm principal or managing architect is always the project team leader and makes all final decisions regarding building aesthetic and function and will remain your primary contact throughout the project.
We are considered a small firm and have enjoyed seeing our firm grow annually since its inception. We are busy but maintain a level of work that allows for creativity, thoughtful decisions, and keeping the quality of work up to our rigorous standards.
We are constantly bettering ourselves as architects. We do not design the same building or style of building again and again while forcing your program into a single box, and as a result are internationally recognized designers. Other architects are simply arranging rooms in a plan and putting a roof over it creating shelter from the environment. We believe the building should be considerate of the site. It should be functional for you. It should create not only a comfortable environment but a healthy one in which to raise your family. And finally, the building needs to not only be completed within the construction budget, but also be efficient enough to be affordable throughout the building's life-cycle.
Our process consists of five total phases. Three are standard, two are optional. The standard phases are: Pre-Design; Schematic Design; Design Development; and Construction Drawings. Optional phases include: Bidding Phase; Construction Administration
We always endeavor to design a project that remains within your stated budget. We can prepare preliminary cost estimates during each phase of the design process, either in-house or with your builder, having them update estimates as the project progresses to allow us to define finishes and value engineer the project throughout.
We provide sketches during schematic design, then as the plan develops can provide computer generated massing models to study solar orientation and modeling of interior spaces to better communicate design intent. If 3D modeling is required, we can provide as needed. We utilize the best technology in the world to prepare our 3D models and construction drawings.
With a well written project program in place, plan revisions are rare, but in the event that revisions are required, we bill on an "hourly" basis for the revisions. These revisions are typically due to a change in project scope.
As part of our Basic Service agreement, we are "on-call" to answer questions, interpret plans, prepare required change directives, review shop drawing submittals, and clarify the exact design intent on aesthetic. Optional services can include scheduling periodic site visits, prepare reports to the client regarding status of construction, review contractor requests for payment and other administrative duties.