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Commercial

For the People Projects

Types of Commercial Projects

Religious: Churches, Synagogues, Sanctuaries, Fellowship Halls, Funeral Homes – additions or free-standing construction, education and administration centers. Master Planning, and asset assessments.

Office: New office building, interior and exterior renovations, tenant build outs, and work-flow optimization.

Retail: Lifestyle Shopping Centers, Power Centers, Prototype development and site-specific adaptions, renovations, hardscape design, tenant interiors, signage and branding visualizations.

Medical Office: Medical and dental offices, teaching facilities, sleep centers.

Industrial: Factory and manufacturing centers including additions, new constructions, clean rooms, hazardous material storage.

Childcare: Daycare facilities, education buildings

Business Startup

Many of our clients are start-up business. We know what it is like to go through the process of starting and launching a company. You may not think of architects as start-up consultants, but it is what we do every day. If you are starting a company that needs a location, spend an hour with us and let us share some of our knowledge. We can help guide you through some of the hurdles with cities, licensing, and permitting just by sharing our experiences and advice.

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Brand Fit

Your building is your business’s home. It can say all the right things about your business: it can draw your clients in, build interest, and let your clients know exactly what to expect – or it can say all the wrong things. Your building is in the right location, your space needs are met, but it just doesn’t feel like your brand. We can help create a new look for your building that really speaks your brand to your customers – and we can help make it cost effective.

Municipality Representative

Effectively navigating a path through city licensing and permitting takes knowledge, skill, and experience, It is easier to navigate the path with a guide.

Many of our clients ask us to take the role of their agent with the city. We file paperwork, discuss deadlines, make sure requirements are fulfilled, and make sure you understand what is required from the city – and why it is being required. We are happy to offer this as a service to our clients.

Historic Preservation

When people use the term ‘Historic Preservation’ while discussing historic buildings, landmarks, or areas, most people are referring to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 which is federal legislation that protects historically significant buildings, areas, and archaeological sites throughout the United States.

Commonly the reference is made in relation to tax credits which are provided through programs executed by the National Parks Service and the Department of Historic Resources, state and local jurisdictions in order to offset the construction costs associated with preserving, protecting, and restoring historic structures.

 

These programs require the building owner to submit multiple applications, design to specific guidelines and keep detailed accounting. This process takes much more time than the typical construction process, but it does have its benefits: For commercial property (income generating) it can provide tax credits that equal up to 45% of qualified construction costs.

For The People Projects has been through this process many times. We have a network of resources to help determine if this approach is right for you.

Design and Construction Documents

All the details are contained in these documents. These plans will include building code information, specifications for materials and outline of how we expect the General Contractor (GC) to perform on the project. 

These documents are called Contract Documents because they are the basis for the contract you have with the GC. Your Contract with the GC should refer to the Contract Documents they used to create the estimate and get the building permit.

Construction Management

There are a number of ways a Construction Manager can lead to a successful project. The three types of Construction Managment are important to understand.

1. Construction Manager as Adviser: As Construction Manager as Advisor, we provide guidance through the construction process beyond the standard level of Architectural Services. We will be available to discuss the implications of contracts, warranties, changes in scope and timelines, but the client would be the one in direct contact with the General Contractor on a daily basis.

2. Construction Manager as Agent: As your agent, we would manage interactions with the General Contractor during construction to represent your interests if you either could not or do not want to manage to project yourself. We would update you on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the intensity of the project needs. While we would be authorized to interact with the contractor, subs, local inspectors and government on your behalf – we would not be able to make decisions which would change the cost or the timeline of the project without your authorization.

3. Construction Manager as Constructor, or Construction Manager at Risk: This is where a general contractor is brought in early in the design stage to help the design team in budgeting, scheduling, and keeping the project on time and in budget. There are two types of fee structures for this service: Guaranteed Maximum Price (most risk for contractors) and Cost Plus Fees (lowest risk for contractors). For The People Projects will be happy to guide you on how to decide if this project delivery process if right for you.

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