Sorin Architecture provides a unique personal approach to the design process with individual attention to each client and their project in an atmosphere that fosters collaboration and dialogue among all team participants through an integrated design approach.  Our experience has shown us that no one person has all the answers for a project.  But rather, a successful design solution is, in reality, a collection of shared ideas and knowledge from all the participants greater than the sum of all its parts.  In our role as architect, we listen, facilitate, and guide our client and other consulting professionals through the design and construction process to create successful environmentally-responsible design solutions that exceed our clients vision and shape our communities in beneficial ways. 

Phase 1  —  Programming – “Defining the Vision”

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We begin with an evaluation and needs assessment session to establish project goals and identify objectives.  Through this “programming” phase, we determine client priorities and develop specific design criteria to achieve these goals and objectives.  During this initial phase we begin to take the design criteria we have established to develop the initial design concept and vision for your project.  Concept sketches are prepared for review and discussion to develop a mutual understanding of how the project will evolve.

Phase 2  —  Site Planning – “Understanding the Environment ”

Once we have identified a vision and concept, the design team begins to study the site conditions to evaluate how best to accommodate and support the vision and initial design concept.  What is the most appropriate location for the building?  What are the site’s natural features? What site characteristics need to be changed and what site qualities and attributes are critical to maintain to achieve the project goals?  These are just a few of the questions we explore during the site planning process in order to create a design that  contributes to the overall project success and one that is in balance with it’s surrounding environment.

Phase 3  —  Schematic Design

During this phase of work, the design team works to integrate the project “programming” design criteria, such as space requirements, code and  zoning requirements, style preferences, and other design requests along with site planning criteria to establish a preliminary site plan, floor plans and exterior building elevations to illustrate the relationship of the various building components and convey the overall design intent for the project.  Preliminary drawings are prepared for review and discussion. Sometimes a scale model of the building or 3-d computer images may be prepared to help visualize the design at this stage.

Phase 4  —  Design Development Construction Documents

Based upon an approved Schematic Design, final drawings and project specifications setting forth the detailed requirements for construction for your project are completed during this phase of the project.

Phase 5  —  Bidding/Negotiation

Once the Construction Documents have been prepared, we then assist the owner in obtaining and reviewing bids or negotiated proposals from various contractors to complete the construction.

Phase 6  —  Construction Administration

During this phase of the project, the design team assists clients through the construction period to oversee that the project is proceeding in accordance with the design drawings and specifications. Through periodic site visits, shop drawing review, and product submittal approvals, the design team clarifies contractor questions that may arise, reviews contractor pay requests, and coordinates the flow of design information that is necessary to ensure a successful project.