Design driven and client focused, Jason Lichwick Architecture provides a full range architectural services including custom home design, master planning, adaptive reuse of existing buildings, new construction, remodels and interiors.

A typical project would involve the following phases:

Programming and Schematic Design Phase

This is the initial phase of the project in which we will gather information and assist you in evaluating your project requirements and goals. Any available research required for design criteria, local planning and building codes, and all available reports and data will be accumulated. Zoning and site parameters are also defined during this phase.

We will listen, question and explore different possibilities with you regarding your expectations. Once the program is determined, we will provide rough sketches. The drawings will indicate the proposed configuration of each space in plan and explore required adjacencies. A preliminary construction estimate can be done at the conclusion of this phase.

Design Development Phase

During the Design Development Phase, we further establish the building’s spatial relationships, forms, size, and overall appearance through further development of the floor plans, sections, elevations, material/ energy/ technology analyses, typical construction details, and equipment layouts. Preliminary specifications, which identify major building materials and systems and establish quality standards, are incorporated into the design. The structural system is established, as are other building systems such as electrical sources and heating and cooling strategies-particularly if they are of alternate means, such as geothermal heating, passive solar strategies, photovoltaic cells or radiant floor heating.

When required, we coordinate all site and construction systems with the assistance of civil, structural mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) Engineers.

Construction Document Phase

During the Construction Document phase, JLA creates the definitive ‘blueprints’ for bidding, permit and construction.

The Construction Documentation phase sets forth in detail the requirements for construction of the project. Floor plans, enlarged plans, wall sections, ceiling plans, power/communication plans, finish plans, elevations, details and written specifications are added. Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, plumbing engineering, fire protection and other building systems are carefully integrated into the architectural envelope.

Bidding / Negotiation

During the Bidding and Negotiation phase, we will facilitate the competitive bidding process to assure the lowest qualified bid. We will conduct introductory contractor meeting; addenda and a definitive process help to assure that the bidding process will not be challenged upon completion and that the contracts will be done correctly.  By the end of this phase, the final construction contract drawings will be in provided. Permits are often obtained during this same time.

Construction Administration

During the Construction Administration phase, it is typical for us to administer the contract between the Owner and the Contractor. This contract is based on our drawings and specifications. As the construction progresses, we act as your representative by observing the progress of construction for conformance with the contract drawings and specifications. This is achieved by providing clarifications to contract documents, regular project meetings and review of submittals. We also review Contractor’s Requests for Payment to verify they are billing you correctly and review general construction progress for conformance to budget and schedule.

Planning Submission Phase

It is common for communities to have Planning Boards and Architectural Review Boards who review building design for conformance to published local design guidelines. They may review the building design informally, or as part of a public hearing process. Most municipalities require a review by local officials. At this stage, projects are reviewed for conformance to allowable site uses, setbacks and sightlines, environmental impacts (such as noise, shading, traffic impact or pollution), density, and other planning issues.