905.331.4480   

Project Management

The Act of Designing, although probably the most valuable and glamorous component to architects services actually represents a small portion of the total services we provide.  Our full service approach to architecture gives you the added assurance that we will handle any size project both confidently and completely.
 

We can oversee your project from beginning to end.

Architects are typically the Prime consultant for a development project. The first call to make should be to an architect. At CZ Architects we have the skills and training needed to keep your project running smoothly, and we coordinate the work of the entire design and construction team.


Evaluation of existing buildings and sites.

Prior to any design work we can provide an evaluation of your requirements, budget and building site. We can weigh in on the feasibility and costs of alterations as well as remedies for deficiencies in your building.

Construction Documents

The largest portion of our professional services is the development of the initial design idea into something that can be constructed. We are skilled at communicating the details through drawings and specifications to the contractor.


Coordination of other Design Professionals

To ensure that the design process goes smoothly we coordinate the work of any specialty consultants that your project may require.

  • Planner
  • Landscape Architect
  • Civil/Servicing engineer
  • Soils Engineer
  • Traffic Consultants
  • Noise Consultants
  • Arborists
  • Heritage Consultants
  • & More!

Selection of a Contractor and Tendering

We can help you identify and select a contractor whose skill and ability are best suited to your project. We maintain relationships with qualified contractors and we can call upon these individuals to undertake more detailed evaluations and pricing.

Construction Contract Administration

Architects help you manage the construction contract with your general contractor to ensure the building is built and detailed as the client and architect intended. Our automated online system keeps information clear for contractors, clients and design team.

The six phases of architectural service include:

  • 1. Pre-design and Programming
    Deciding what to build (program) and establishing a budget and schedule. Your program is actually the "problem" for which we will work with you to develop an architectural solution. Before beginning any design work we will assess the reasonableness of your expectations.
  • 2. Schematic Design
    Prior to any design work we can provide an evaluation of your requirements, budget and building site. We can weigh in on the feasibility and costs of alterations as well as remedies for deficiencies in your building.
  • 3. Design Development
    Specific size, layout and character of the building and site are further developed and refined at this stage. Feature elements such as stairs, cabinetry, reception areas, equipment and finish quality are designed in more detail.
  • 4. Construction Documents
    At this stage the design is translated into the technical language of the contractor, in order to obtain permits and accurate bids from contractors. The construction documents are, in effect, detailed assembly instructions for your building and will include site plan, foundation plans, floor plans, building sections and wall details.
  • 5. Contract Administration and Post Construction
    We can assist clients in obtaining competitive bids or negotiated proposals from a selected list of general contractors. We can also assist you to prepare the construction contract. We provide construction phase field services to determine that the contractor is building the project in general conformity with the design concept and specification.
  • 6. Client Takeover & Warranty Review
    Prior to occupancy, We will inspect the building to determine that it is complete and ready for use, and that the contractor is entitled to final payment. We help the client 'take over' the completed project and show the client how to use the building and equipment. We can also arrange a 12-month follow-up inspection to evaluate whether the building is being properly used and maintained.

Please tell us about your project...