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What Do Commercial Architects Do?

There is a difference between what an architect does and what a commercial architect can do.

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A Commercial Architect and Design

What does a commercial architect do?  The work of an architect is to create and oversee the structure of a design. In some other areas, they can also build scale models and manage construction projects.

Architects not only create an aesthetic looking structure but also estimate costs and budgets; ensuring safety of building materials. Architecture involves people who are literate. Anyone who is not trained cannot become an architect. If you follow proper training, you can earn a lot of money and can easily become rich quickly if you don’t misuse your money. You can get enough money to raise a family and even extra amounts. The work is quite hard, but to some, it’s simple.

Structures which they construct include: shopping centers, hospitals, schools and so many other buildings. These professionals must consider many aspects involved in the structure. When drafting design plans and building scale models. A professional can also construct a series of blue prints. The blue print will take into account construction of layers such as electrical, cooling, heating, plumbing and also ventilation.

Including disabled access is a must. Architects are responsible to comply with applicable building codes which have been instituted. They control all the elements through the completion of construction, which ends when interior designers take over. In addition to building codes, there are also laws in place for disabled access at the Federal level.

Commercial Structural Design

Commercial architects who have a variety of skills are able to design commercial structures. It requires several different professionals in order to complete complex projects.

During actual construction, their work is to supervise or manage the contractors or sub-contractors. On the other hand, an architect is important in the following ways: he/ she makes important decisions, he/ she solves problems, and he/ she is the team leader. Such a professional should maintain his/ her creativity, supported by continuous education.

An architect can also help select suitable sites during the pre- design phase. He/ she might get involved earlier, rather than waiting for the design phase. This also includes preparation of environmental analysis and feasibility studies, which involves the cost of square foot, and spatial requirements per person.

Ultimately any sort of building project must involve an architect.  The best one for the job is a commercial architect.

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The Four Stages of Commercial Architectural Projects

All commercial architects usually follow a four step process. These steps are clearly defined and help to keep a project from scope creep, or from spiraling out of control.

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Commercial Architectural Projects: A Bit of Background

Commercial architecture is the design of structures and commercial buildings for business purposes. This art of architecture encompasses style as well as function to satisfy the requirements of a variety of business. Commercial architecture impact is vivid in any major city center where almost all the buildings and structures are of commercial nature.
Architecture is the engineering and building of structures designed to give protection from the elements. The basic structural requirements are easily met by building a shelter, but an architect’s apply artistic, engineering and construction skills to design a structure or commercial building elements that satisfy the current and future needs.
The field of commercial architecture has been in existence from the very beginning of architecture and some of those designed building structures are still there to date. Greek and Roman commercial architecture contained meeting rooms, building of elaborate structures and with complete courtyards. Currently, a majority of architects work in commercial architecture.

The Steps a Commercial Architect Takes

In commercial architecture projects, there are four stages as elaborated below. Here are the first two:

1. Obtain client requirements
To begin with, meet with the client and define his or her needs. The more detailed and specific the requirements are, the more precise the proposal will be. Request to meet with personnel at different ranks within the organization in order to familiarize yourself how they conduct their business, the company’s public image and practical aspects. Look at the firm corporate image, marketing materials and publications provided so as to get a sense of its preferences and design tastes.
2. Determine the site location
Secondly, ensure you work with the client to either discuss the space requirement for that given type of buildings structure or visit the proposed site location. Look at the other buildings structure within the surrounding area to get a sense of height, local style, color and the physical presence. For instance, a building structure designed for a location with a great number of office towers will be significantly different from the one designed for a park-like setting.

We will continue the steps in a future article, but know that they are there. Always remember, to avoid fines, always call a commercial architect to help you through every stage of your building.

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Remodel Your Office in Time For Year End

If you have an office, you may want to look at hiring an architecture firm that does tenant remodeling?

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Why Hire a Tenant Improvement Architect

Why hire a tenant improvement architect? Well it all boils down to another set of questions. Are your tenants happy with how their rented space is arranged? Do they have enough space in their office? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of those questions, then you and your tenants are doing fine. If not, then read on.

Just as all of us are individuals with our own separate needs, so too businesses can’t always work with the space that they have or the way that everything is arranged. A beauty parlor will have much different needs than say an auto mechanic or a shooting range. So with the idea that each business is unique, you want to cater to them as much as you possibly can. Why? Well, commercial real estate is very competitive. With the recession, there are dozens of properties just in the Phoenix area that are sitting empty with realtor signs in the window. Keep your tenants happy, and they’ll stay with you. However, while helping your tenants is important, hiring a tenant improvement architect is not just for your tenants, it is for you as a property owner.

Commercial Property and Your Architect

If you hire an architect, and later your tenant moves out, then you don’t have to worry about design flaws. Sometimes, to save money, commercial property owners will call a contractor in an attempt to save money and avoid calling an architect. The only problem with this is that you have a 50-50 chance that the contractor doesn’t know anything about false ceilings and wiring schematics, or whether or not a wall is load bearing or not. One slip, and any new tenant will come in and most likely be able to get you on the hook for some very expensive upgrades. In addition, some tenant improvement projects also increases the value of the property should you want to sell it.

So remember, that there is a big difference between someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing and a professional. So hire someone who can make a difference, not just for your tenants, but for you as well. Who should you call? Well, when you hire a firm that does tenant improvement architecture, it takes all the guesswork out.

There is also another good reason to hire a tenant improvement architect…

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Green Remodeling for Business

A commercial architect can help your business to not only remodel, but do it in a way that is more eco-friendly.

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Your Business and Green Remodeling

Green remodeling is more than a possibility, it is almost required. Remodeling often accounts for hundred of millions of tonnes of waste every year, most of which ends up in landfills all over the planet. As for business, there are several reasons to consider doing green remodeling projects. Let’s start with financial.

Did you know that as a business, you may be entitled to a tax rebate for voluntarily adapting green building procedures? It’s true. Reducing the carbon footprint of your business may entitle you tax benefits, but that’s not all. Remodeling your business to be more in line with EPA policies will also help to protect not only you and your employees, but your bottom line as well. Something as simple as installing the right type of glass windows or going solar can save you up to 30% on your annual taxes. However, it isn’t just taxes that green remodeling can help

Green Remodeling and Energy Consumption

Energy costs are on the rise. Businesses are looking for solutions just as homeowners are. Energy costs account for about 15-20% of the expenses of a business. Air conditioning, heating, and ventilation are big energy hogs. According to this article excerpt from WIKIPEDIA.ORG: “Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages.[1] The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.[2]
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation.” [READ MORE]

So you can make a difference, while at the same time, keeping your business profitable. What you need to do first, however, is consult a commercial architect.

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Commercial Architecture Part 3

Part three of our series on commercial architecture explores some final points to consider.

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Why Should You Hire a Commercial Architect?

Why should you hire a commercial architect?  It is very rare to find someone that can balance your business needs while protecting you from damages and trouble with municipal authorities.  It all starts with the process of consulting.

According to the site WISEGEEK.COM: “Work with the client to either visit the proposed site location or discuss the space requirements for the type of building required. Look at the other buildings in the area to get a sense of local style, height, physical presence and use of color. For example, a building designed for a location with a large number of office towers will be very different from one designed for a park-like setting.

Create the concept drawings and designs for the client to review. Focus on the exterior of the building, main floor and office work spaces. Many commercial architecture firms employ model makers to create a scale model of the design. This process helps the client to visualize the final product

Once the conceptual design has been approved, the technical and costing aspect of commercial architecture begins. Prepare detailed project plans, time lines, costs and decision points. This project plan forms the basis of the quotation and must be approved by the client before any work can begin.” [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]

Commercial Architects Consult and Design

First off,  an architect is a consultant.  He or she will work with you on your project and help you to both realize your vision as well as fulfill your business needs.

So remember, if you’re doing any sort of architectural project, it isn’t only recommended that you call an architect, it is required by law.  So call a commercial architect today.

For more information on commercial architectural design, be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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Commercial Architecture Design Part 2

Part two of a series on commercial architecture explores some general concepts about it.

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What is Commercial Architecture?

What is commercial architecture? According to the site WISEGEEK.COM: “Commercial architecture is the design of buildings and structures for use by business. This genre of architecture is focused on combining function with style to meet the needs of a wide range of business types. The impact of commercial architecture can be seen in any major city center, where almost all the buildings are commercial. Architecture is the designing and building of structures designed to provide protection from the elements. The simplest structural requirements are easily satisfied by building a shelter, but an architect’s job is to combine good design elements into a building that meets both current and future needs.

The field of commercial architecture has been in place since the very beginning of architecture, and some of those structures are still available today. Roman and Greek commercial architecture included the building of elaborate structures, complete with courtyards and meeting rooms. Today, most architects work in commercial architecture. There are four stages to commercial architecture projects: obtain client requirements, determine site location, create design proposal and submit project plan and costing.

The first part of the process is to meet with the client and define his needs. The more specific and detailed the requirements, the more accurate the proposal can be. Ask to meet with people at different levels of the organization to understand how they conduct business, the practical requirements and the company’s public image. Look at the corporate image, publications and marketing materials provided by the firm to get a sense of its design tastes and preferences. [READ MORE]

A Commercial Architect Helps Keep You Within the Law

A commercial architect helps keep you within the law.  Even something as simple as not having a permit can result in fines, civil suits, or even criminal charges.  He or she can help you to navigate the permit process.

There are certain things you must go to a professional for.  If you’re seriously ill, you go to see a physician.  If you need professional legal advice, you consult an attorney. For help with your taxes, you hire an accountant.  And for help with building projects, you consult a professional commercial architect.

For more information on commercial architectural design, be sure to read part one and part three as well.

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Commercial Architecture Design

Commercial architecture design is a combination of different disciplines in conjunction with the needs of the business.

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Commercial Architects and Design Phases

Architecture, since it started thousands of years ago, has changed with the times. Good architecture, whether commercial or not combines both form and function, however, commercial architecture has to meet the needs of the business world.    Some commercial projects are simple.  One location on one small city corner.  Other projects are enormous in their scope, covering many acres or city blocks.  Architectural projects have to go through several clear design phases

First off, the initial meeting between the architect and the client is arranged.  This helps to define the scope of the project and give a general estimate as to how long it is going to take.  The architect will then submit some initial designs with the client. While the client’s wishes are paramount, the architect has to balance their ideas with a combination of other factors such as structural integrity, building codes for the city or municipal area, as well as any local ordinances.

Why an Architect Has to Juggle All This

First off, some cities don’t permit buildings over a certain size to be built.  Without approval, the city is well within its rights to halt construction, impose fines, and other things that can interfere with the project or even kill it before it gets too far.
Some neighborhoods restrict the types of signage that is allowed which makes sense if you think about it.  There was a prominent church on the freeway for example that had an extremely bright LED sign that was causing more than a few wrecks.  They put it up without doing a feasibility study.  In the Willo Historical District a business bought one of the homes and was going to turn it into an office.  They didn’t know that they couldn’t make structural changes without the approval of the district.

So as you hopefully see, there is more to building a building than drawing up some plans and breaking ground.  Before the building is even started, the plans are reviewed, modeled, and researched.  So remember, if you have a business, there is one professional that you have to have in your address book along with your lawyer and insurance company:  your commercial architect.

For more information on commercial architectural design, be sure to read part two and part three as well.

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How to Improve a Commercial Property Part 3

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How to Improve a Commercial Property Part 2

Part two of a series on commercial architecture explores some tips to improve a business, or more to the point, how to improve a commercial property.

How to Improve Commercial Property

We know commercial architecture.  We know how to design a building so that it fits into building codes for a city, as well as establish budgets, set up contractors and other things.  However, we know some other things that you wouldn’t think we know.  One thing is how to improve commercial property.  First off, if you expand your commercial property, it goes a long way to leasing space or even selling it.  However, it isn’t just about adding space, it’s adding the right sort of space.

For example if you’re in a light or heavy industrial area, adding more warehouse space makes great sense, adding retail space, not so much.

This concludes part two of our series. For more tips on how to improve a commercial property, be sure to read part one and part three of this series as well.

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How to Improve a Commercial Property Part 1

Part one of a series on commercial architecture explores energy efficient design.  And in the 21st Century, energy efficient buildings are going to be the gold standard…

Energy Efficient Building Design

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You may want to hire a commercial architect for help with energy efficient building design.  According to this article excerpt from ENERGY STAR, buildings waste a lot of energy:

“Thirty percent. That’s the amount of energy the average commercial building wastes. If you’ve never done anything to save energy at your building, chances are you have a lot of room to improve.In fact, it’s often possible to reduce energy use by 10 percent with little or no cost. Capture easy wins by starting with simple changes, like adjusting temperature set points and making sure lights aren’t on when no one’s around. Then get expert help from a service and product provider, who can take you a step further.”  Source Article

Energy Saving Tips from Your Architect in Phoenix

One trick that is often forgotten is to use natural light.  Not only does it add to your building, it also reduces your need for light during daylight hours.  Also, you can install solar power into your windows, which will help you reduce your electric bill per month.  Another trick is to have a white wall immediately behind a window or skylight.  The reflected sunlight acts like a natural light source.

So as you see, energy efficiency isn’t as hard as you might think.  In fact, it is just a phone call away.  So remember, turn off your lights when you’re not using them, and maybe think about being more energy-star compliant.  And when in doubt, call a commercial architect in Phoenix for some design tips and advice.

This concludes part one of our series. For more tips on how to improve a commercial property, be sure to read part two and part three of this series as well.

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