Imagine the world you would like to live, work, and play in…
and we can design it.
We use the art and science of Architecture to enrich the built environment.
Our responses to today’s design challenges are rooted in teamwork, experience, innovation, and devotion to our craft.
We work across disciplines, hand-in-hand with engineers and other experts to provide full-service solutions.
- Adaptive Reuse
- Historical Preservation
- Space Planning
- Interior Design
- Construction Administration
- Project Management
- 3D Visualization and Animation
- Condition Assessments
ABC Retail Store
We are providing Architectural Design, Civil Engineering, Structural Design, and Construction Administration services for this 7,350 SF ABC Liquor Store (4,275 SF Sales Floor) in Orange County, NC. Located near the prominent intersection of I-85 and I-40, this ongoing project requires us to balance the commercial functions of a store with the industrial functions of a warehouse.
The style of the building channels the owner’s desire for a mountain-architecture feel and a curved roof. The roof that splays out on the Oakdale Drive side serves multiple purposes: first, it is a prominent design element, but also provides solar shade for the storefront and weather protection for pedestrian traffic. It is an example of our ability to address practical needs with aesthetically pleasing solutions.
State Employees’ Credit Union Program Overview
This program for the State Employees’ Credit Union includes prototyping in multiple locations. There are one to three designs that were created by our architecture team and they each have an identity based on their location. These three different designs are duplicated across the region by the client and over 45+ sites in North Carolina are either in progress or have been completed.
Throughout this program, our team also provides project management for the client. Since these are not just one-off projects, we start with designing the building (the prototype) and then our civil engineering department begins work on bringing the design to life. After that has been completed, the permitting process gets underway and is followed by construction.
The Project Management Standpoint
What’s unique about this program is that we manage the entire thing. We do not just hand over one drawing for one project. Our goal is to keep the same identity of wherever the prototype will be constructed and we manage that process by looking at the project as an individual project and not as a project that is part of a program. Each site is unique and needs to be treated in that manner, whether it is the different land conditions or the contractors that are available in the area.
If there are any changes to a plan or challenges to the design, we take that information and apply it to the prototyping to ensure that lessons learned are iterated upon and applied moving forward. From the first plan to the most recent plan there may be subtle differences, but the overall look and feel is the same from site to site. For example, the tile may be different in one design, but the consumer still knows exactly what to expect from location to location because they are overall the same.
The client will be the one that decides to make the change if there is one and the most important aspect to any of these changes is for our team to understand how the change will impact current projects that are under construction. We need to be able to assess what that impact will be. To determine if a change can be implemented, we have to consider both the time and cost of the change.
It is vital to track all changes that are made and ensure that they are being implemented because a change is always reflected in any future projects. Our team fully understands that design is never done and that it can always be improved. Being able to update the designs in this program in real-time helps us learn and iterate in the future.