Samsel Architects is a comprehensive architectural firm that provides a full scope of design services. We create original concepts for new construction and renovations on a wide range of project types as well as consultations for LEED certification, facility operations, building assessments, and design guidelines for developments.
Our Purpose guides everything that we do, including our approach to the design process. Beginning with Discover, we develop the initial vision for the project. Through each phase, our discoveries are the guiding star as we Create a design. We hope our work will Inspire joy in those who use and live in the spaces we create.
Our process has developed from years of experience and our passion for continuous improvement.
Step 1: Predesign
Decide What to Build
We identify both the opportunities and constraints of the site (or multiple sites). We listen to our clients’ vision, needs and goals of their project and develop a preliminary budget.
Step 2: Schematic Design
Develop the Concept
We create initial design concepts through drawings and/or models. We work closely with our client to achieve an approved design concept.
Step 3: Design Development
Refine the Design
This is when we add details and refine the approved design to create preliminary pricing documents for a contractor to review.
Step 4: Construction Documents
Add the Specifics
We prepare detailed drawings and specifications that will be referenced in the contract between our clients and contractor. This typically includes engineering, interior and exterior details, interior elevations and product selections.
Step 5: Construction Procurement
Hire the Contractor
We assist our client in selecting the right contractor for their project. This includes negotiating a construction contract through either a bidding or negotiation process.
Step 6: Construction Administration
Bring the Design to Life
During the construction of your project, we will observe for quality and conformance. We also will process the contractor’s shop drawings, samples and pay requests and administer project close-out, punch list, warranties, before the project is complete.
Step 7: Interior Architecture
We assist our clients with reviewing product samples and making final interior selections. These can include lighting and plumbing fixtures, tile, and paint colors, among others. This is often down in coordination with an interior designer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do all projects include all of the services noted above?
Most do; however, we can adjust our services (and fees) to the Owners’ particular requirements.
What approach produces the best project?
- Attentive listening, clear communications and teamwork by all parties
- The Architect gets to know the Owner(s) and understands how they function
- Owner approval of each phase of work prior to proceeding
- “Living” with the project’s design as it unfolds
- Taking time to process and understand the plans
Who is on the “team” when designing and building a project with Samsel Architects?
The Owners, the Architect and a Contractor. Affiliated design professionals, such as an interior designer, engineers and a landscape architect, are also often involved in creating the project.
How are your fees determined?
Our fees are negotiated according to our role and level of service. We can structure our fee as a fixed amount, percentage of construction cost, or hourly rates – based on the Owners’ needs. The project size, location, level of finish and other design factors affect our fees.