what we can do for you
MJ Neal provides a variety of architectural services, from basic design to full services all the way through construction. Learn more about these phases below to see what needs your project has and what we can do to help you through it.
SCHEMATIC DESIGN PHASE
During the first phase, schematic design (SD), we, as your architect, consult with you to determine project goals and requirements. Often this determines the program for the project. The architectural program includes estimated square footage of each usage type and any other elements that achieve the project goals. During schematic design, we develop study drawings, documents, and other media that illustrate the concepts of the design and include spatial relationships, scale, and form for you to review. Schematic design also is the research phase of the project, when zoning requirements or jurisdictional restrictions are discovered and addressed. This phase produces a final schematic design, to which you agree after consultation and discussions with us.
Deliverables: Schematic design often produces a site plan, floor plan(s), sections, an elevation, and other illustrative materials; computer images, renderings, or models. Typically the drawings include overall dimensions, and a construction cost is estimated.
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PHASE
Design development (DD) services use the initial design documents from the schematic phase and take them one step further. This phase lays out mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and architectural details. This phase results in drawings that often specify design elements such as material types and location of windows and doors. The level of detail provided in the DD phase is determined by your request and the project requirements. The DD phase often ends with a formal presentation to, and approval by, you as the owner.
Deliverables: Design development often produces floor plans, sections, and elevations with full dimensions. These drawings typically include door and window details and outline material specifications.
The next phase is construction documents (CD). Once the owner and architect are satisfied with the documents produced during DD, we move forward and produce drawings with greater detail. These drawings typically include specifications for construction details and materials. Once CDs are satisfactorily produced, they are sent to contractors for pricing or bidding. The level of detail in CDs may vary depending on your preference. If the CD set is not 100% complete, this is noted on the CD set when it is sent out for bid. This phase results in the contractors’ final estimate of project costs.
Deliverables: The construction document phase produces a set of drawings that include all pertinent information required for the contractor to price and build the project
A Building Permit is a formal document issued by a municipality providing permission to start construction of a new building, an addition, or a renovation. The architectural plans for buildings must be technically detailed, accurate, and code-compliant. The architect will produce the drawings and permit applications necessary to submit to the municipality for zoning or building permits. This may include formal presentations to review boards or informal negotiation with regulators, zoning/planning administrators, fire marshals, and other officials.