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Typical Commercial Project Plan

Programming Phase – “Listening to Your Needs
  • Interview client to determine user needs and goals.
  • Evaluate existing job site or review any drawing for new constructi
  • Inventory existing furniture that might be used in the project.
  • Generate floor plans of the project space for the client.
  • Measure job site to obtain necessary dimensions of site.
  • Determine style, color, etc. preferences.
  • Meet with building owner concerning building standards and regulations.
  • Ascertain potential building code, life safety code, and barrier-free (ADA) regulations as might affect the project.
  • Develop project schedule.
  • Develop project budget.
  • Coordinate (if needed) with appropriate consultants.
  • Determine feasibility of meeting the client’s requirements, determine and inform the client of any restraints that will affect
    the feasibility of the project.
  • Prepare final design program.
Schematic Design – “Basic Rough Draft”
  • Develop preliminary space utilization plans.
  • Prepare preliminary furniture plans.
  • Preliminary selections of interior architectural finishes.
  • Preliminary furniture, furnishings, and equipment selections.
  • Review applicable building, life safety, and accessibility codes, and apply as required.
  • Make preliminary color selections.
  • Refine budget.
  • Prepare design drawings, such as perspectives, elevations, etc. as needed.
  • Meet with consultants such as architect, contractors, or others as required.
Design Development – “Final Design After Your Input”
  • Complete space plans and layouts.
  • Complete furniture, furnishings, and equipment plans.
  • Complete working drawings concerning custom furniture, cabinets, or architectural treatments.
  • Determine specifications of architectural finishes.
  • Prepare specifications of furniture, furnishings, and equipment.
  • Prepare other drawings, such as lighting plans, elevations, and sections, etc., as required.
  • Prepare a budget of expected costs for all construction and furnishings, as specified.
Contract Documents
  • Prepare working drawings and schedules for the construction and/or installation of the space.
  • Prepare written specifications to accompany working drawings, schedules, and furniture, furnishings, and equipment.
  • Prepare furniture and equipment installation drawings.
  • Qualify vendors, suppliers, and subcontractors.
Contract Administration
  • Provide project management supervision of the job site during construction/installation.
  • Procure furniture and finishings by submitting purchase order to suppliers and installers.
  • Make periodic visits to the job site to ensure the work is being done in accordance with the contract documents and
  • Supervise installation of furniture, furnishings, and equipment.
  • Maintain project management and schedule records.
  • Assist in determination of substantial completion, payments to vendors, and securing releases.
  • Prepare and administer post-occupancy evaluations.

Nina is a woman of great patience. She got our eclectic style, but more than that she had to deal with some difficult contractors to get our project finished. Her sense of putting high end with lesser priced furniture worked just wonderfully. I would hire her again in a heart beat.

Sue Miller

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