The concept of architect-led design/build is not new, having been around since the design and construction of the Egyptian pyramids. From the Industrial Revolution on, the architect’s role in the construction process has been diminished. Today most “design/build” projects are led by a general contractor who hires a designer or architect.
Another form of design/build is an architectural firm who hires a general contractor for the construction of a project. While this is “architect-led”, they are still two separate entities, with their own interests driving the process.
Our approach is relatively unique, in that we are the architect and we are the general contractor. It is truly “single-source” responsibility, taking the tension and back and forth out of the process. The biggest plus with our design/build process is being able to establish a great working relationship and a high level of trust with our clients during design, that carries right through the construction process, to make the project delivery as painless as possible.
Owners must manage TWO separate contracts:
Owner Manages only ONE contract with a single source of responsibility:
Most projects start with at least an idea. Some clients bring more ideas to the table than others and some projects require more creativity than others. Whether you have it all figured out, have a paper or digital scrapbook with hundreds of photos, or you just want someone to take the lead provide all of the ideas, we are here for you. We want our clients to feel comfortable either driving the design process, or trusting us to bring ideas to the table.
Our projects typically involve 4 phases; pre-design, schematic design, design development and construction documents.
The design process is where we collect information, analyze ideas and develop solutions. In this process we break down the larger project into manageable pieces to solve a variety of problems, gathering feedback and involving our client throughout the process.
We also provide preliminary estimating during design, to help ensure the potential project construction cost is manageable, before creating working drawings for construction.
If Kraus Associates is enlisted for architectural services only, we highly encourage the use of our construction administration services to act as the Owner's agent, advising and advocating for our client until construction has been completed, and the client occupies the project.
If the client has chosen to have Kraus Associates make the seamless transition into the construction process as the builder for the project, we then bring the preliminary estimating into our construction accounting software and begin the completely transparent process of managing the construction to completion.