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Olivieri Brothers Inc.
Attention to Details is the Olivieri Brothers Difference.
01. The Design Process
All projects have a start and end. Architects can help at every stage in between. The time where the idea of the project is developed and documented is what we call the “Design Process”.
Typically, an owner will bring to the table their ideas for what they’d like to accomplish with the project. An architect will begin to document those ideas diagrammatically through sketches or preliminary drawings, and then build in more details as the project evolves. Clear communication is critical during design services in order to meet expectations and determine the direction of the project.
In addition to communication, Architects will use drawings, renderings, and other means to convey the project in a way that makes sense to you. Your feedback is the most important part of the design process. It is through your comments that the project becomes your own. An architect can make many assumptions to develop a project based on past experience, but it is the owner’s knowledge of what they do best that has the final say on if something will work or not.
The design services we offer are a notch above our competition. We bring everything to the table always with an eye on the budget and constructibility. We take the time to make sure you understand how our ideas can fit into, and improve, your project.
02. Renovations and Additions
Whether you own the building or are moving into it, you need to spruce it up some. We measure the building to produce as-built drawings before moving forward with any design schemes. We’ll identify bearing or fire walls, perform a code review, and give you plenty of options on what can be done to meet your current needs.
While Architects have a good sense of what a space will look like and function, not all owners share that same ability. Renderings are conceptual images showing the project in a finished state. These can range from hand sketches to photo-realistic computer generated images. We will determine with you what level of detail is best for your project.
Seeing the final result before construction starts can be reassuring. You can see what you're getting. It can also be a beneficial fundraising tool for public funded projects.
While static renderings can give an owner a great idea of what the project will look like, animations can help put you inside your project. By walking through the model, you get a sense of the scale and feel of your building. This is another powerful tool to help visualize your project to make sure all the details are in place.
05. Virtual Models
Architectural design technology and software make it easy to create a virtual model of your project. The model enables the design team to coordinate better, identify conflicts earlier, and visualize the construction earlier. Building Information Modeling (BIM) goes a step further and leverages the model to store critical construction data within the model, allowing workers or maintenance personnel in the field to easily access the stored data.
Whether the model is used in-house only by the architect, leveraged as a visualization tool, or detailed as a construction model, the virtual model is an important tool used to develop and maintain your project.
Now that we’ve hammered out the building plans in design and completed the construction documents, there are a few more steps to complete before the real hammers start swinging.
Every town is under the rule of several jurisdictions. The building plans have been prepared to meet the latest applicable codes, so now the authorities will want to review them to make sure for themselves. This includes review of Building Code, Accessibility, Energy Code, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Code, Sprinklers, Fire Alarm, Egress, and others. Fees are assessed based on the standards set by the authorities. We do our best to make sure that the process is as fast as possible and any questions are answered swiftly.
07. Bidding & Negotiation
The process of obtaining a contractor varies. Whether you already have one on board, or don’t know of any, that will determine which way is best to get prices to build your project. From negotiated contracts to “hard bid”, we’re ready to aid you in the process and make sure when you have the bids in hand; they are ‘apples to apples’.
08. Construction Administration
Once the contractor starts, we’ll keep tabs on the contractor to make sure the project moves forward smoothly and per the building plans. Whether it’s a weekly update meeting, or a monthly pay application review, we work within your budget and comfort level with the contractor. We’ll answer any questions, review pay applications, and make periodic site visits to ensure things are moving forward.
09. Due Diligence
When one of our clients is looking to purchase or sell their investment, we go in armed with our degrees in Architecture, and lead the way in the inspection and reports review process. We coordinate all consultants including the environmental reports, inspect structure and walls, parking lots, and audit every lease file, check zoning, review utility bills. We do whatever it takes to educate our clients so they may make an informed investment decision.
10. On-site Inspections
While often underutilized during construction, on site observation by the architect can help resolve conflicts faster, identify potential construction issues sooner, and reassure that the job is progressing. On-site inspections are a key component to a comprehensive architectural services package.
Olivieri Brothers, Architects is taking the sustainable design firm lead in the Southwest suburbs. We evaluate every project for energy efficiency and for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. We recognize that sustainable design and building energy use is important, and we’ve taken the first steps to inform our clients about how our buildings use energy.
We have also begun tracking completed projects and select new projects to follow for the ENERGY STAR® rating. Our High Point One office building (ENERGY STAR 2009) uses roughly 40% less energy than an average office building. All of that savings is realized by the building owner.
Though not all existing buildings will qualify for the ENERGY STAR, the first step is to track and document your building energy use. For new construction, a few easy to incorporate strategies will ensure that your building performs well above average.
We will work with you to determine your sustainable design goals, energy use targets, and efficiency goals.
12. Personal Guarantee
We trust we can meet your expectations with our variety of architectural services. It is Olivieri Brother’s policy to treat each and every project as if it were our own. Our goal is to exceed your program requirements and minimize your expenses. This gives our clients true peace of mind that comes with knowing that their property is in the best hands possible. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call us at (815) 469-6400.
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