What does an architect actually do? How can an architect help me?

An architect’s role is much more than developing a set of blueprints or drawings you see in the construction trailer.  Our goal is to provide you with the information needed to make decisions – and be confident they’re the right decisions.  Most of you deal with FEL or FEED processes, and we help prepare the documentation required for your capital project reviews and funding approvals.  We want to help lighten your workload, so let us do some of the heavy lifting for you.


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Architects can provide a lot of value to your project – especially an architect that specializes in your industrial facilities. Our specialty is the process control industry, so we know how you work and how your projects are not like any other commercial project.

An architect’s role is a lot larger than most people realize. Sure, they can produce realistic renderings, or add in a fancy stone wall, but who’ll be the person you can lean on for the right answers? Your architect.

We encourage clients to get an architect involved in a project as early as possible.  Architects can provide a lot of insight and value before a single wall is drawn. It all starts with a conversation, so pick up the phone and give us a call.

Most of our clients deal with an Front-End Loading (FEL or FEED) processes for project approval and funding. Typically that process may include:
• Facility siting options
• ROM cost estimates
• Preliminary project schedules
• Building program functions and sizing
• Block flow diagrams

Architects develop ongoing databases from past projects that can help expedite these FEL requirements. Cost estimates and installed prices, room sizing, equipment lists, are just a

For example, lab projects can generally range from $500-$600 per square foot due to the intensive MEP and Technology systems. Lab projects will need to include much more circulation space for accessing double sided, island benches and larger aisle ways in front of fume hoods.

When an architect manages your project, they ensure you have all the information and viable options so you can make informed decisions.
Then be confident that you’ve made the right decisions.

So why not get an architect involved early?  They’ll be able to get your project started off in the right direction

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