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How We Do It

 

The Service Process

PRE-DESIGN

DISCOVERY

Architect: 

Consultant Selection: Feasibility +Zoning

Engage with Local Jurisdiction: Support Due Diligence

Program + Brand Analysis: Contracts

Communication Protocols: Establish Priorities

Budget Analysis: Preliminary Schedule

 

Client:

Market Research: Due Diligence

Feasibility Review: Contracts

Scope Confirmation: Program +Brand Analysis

Communications Protocols: Establish Priorities

Budget Analysis: Review Preliminary Schedule

SCHEMATIC DESIGN

INNOVATION BEGINS

Architect: 

Engage Design Team: Preliminary Site Plans

Workshop + Design Charette: 3D Sketches and Massing

Coordinate PAD Amendments: Brand Expressions

Concept Design: General Contractor Selection

Preliminary Budget: Land Use Review + Approval

 

Client:

Attend Interactive Workshop: Design Charette

Real-time Interactive Design: Review + Approve Pad Amendments

Review Material Palette: Review + Approve SD

General Contractor Selection: Preliminary Budget

Obtain Land Use Approval

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

DIAL IT IN

Architect: 

3D Modeling: Refine Design

Rendered Elevations + Plans: Refine Detailing

Final Material Palette Selection: Final Brand Integration

Permit Pre-Application Meeting: Budget Updating

Schedule Tracking

 

Client:

Review + Approve Design: Material Palette Approval

Marketing Materials: Budget Updating

Schedule Tracking

DOCUMENTATION

ALL IN THE DETAILS

Architect: 

Technical Drawings: Specifications

Construction Documentation: Quality Assurance Review

Consultant Coordination: Bidding and Negotiation

Value Engineering: Issue for Permit + Construction

Budget Approval: Schedule Tracking

 

Client:

Review Construction Docs: Consultant Coordination

Value Engineering: Budget Approval

Schedule Tracking: Obtain Building Permits

Construction Contract

CONSTRUCTION

BUILD IT

Architect: 

Site Visits and Monitoring: Construction Meetings

Monthly Pay App Approval: Ensure Design Integrity

Contractor Questions: Submittal Reviews

 

Client:

Construction Meetings

Monthly Pay App Approval

Utilities Accounts Setup

COMPLETION

CELEBRATE!

Architect: 

Construction Complete: Common Areas Punch-List

Review of Close-Out Docs: Review of As-Builts

 

Client:

Construction Complete

Punch-List

Move-In

Sale or Lease

At MZA, we are connected to our work, our team, and – most importantly – to our clients. We look forward to connecting with you as you embark on your design journey.