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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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