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Why does this Tenant Improvement Cost So Much?

    I’m often asked questions like this in the early phases of a tenant improvement. The client has many questions during early phases of an office relocation, and they normally would prefer to pin down the cost question quickly, so they can make a decision whether to move forward.

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DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295
Phone: 4807103861

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Commercial Tenant Improvement FAQ’s


Why do I need to involve an architect in my project?
Anytime electrical, plumbing or walls are moved the work needs to be documented and permitted by the local municipality.   For commercial projects specifically, the municipality requires that the plans be sealed by a licensed architect and submitted for approval before construction can commence.  DESIGNline  ARCHITECTS can design, seal, submit and work with the municipalities to get your plans approved so that you can start construction as soon as possible.

What is special about DESIGNline  ARCHITECTS?

We understand that great design can impact your business by providing an image that attracts customers and sets the tone for their interaction with you.  We also know how to respond to a budget and understand that time  is money in any commercial project.

What kinds of commercial projects do you do?

We help our clients remodel their current business space or develop a new facility or addition.

How much will our Tenant Improvement project cost?

“We just want to tear down a few walls and convert the storage room to a small server room.  That can’t cost a lot, right?

We’re often asked these questions during the early phases of a tenant improvement.

DESIGNline  ARCHITECTS offers an alternative Design/Build approach that will pin down the cost question quickly, so you can make the decision to move forward.  We’ve developed a three-step approach:

  • -Identify your budget and design goals, and offer a low cost conceptual design package.  Once you approve the conceptual design and scope of work, we will work with your general contractor to confirm the approved design is on budget, with a construction cost estimate to within a +/- 20% range of variability.
  • -Once the conceptual design and budget align, we will finish your final design phase.  Then when the construction documents are 75% complete, we will again work with the contractor to refine the construction cost estimate to within +/-10% range.
  • -And when the final project is bid to the subcontractors, the costs are locked in, assuming no design changes.

How do I get started?
To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at

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