Architecture 101 for Not Profit Organizations

Do you know a Non-Profit Organization dreaming of a new building? SOA has some tips to help non-profits as they start a project!

4 Ways Renderings are Beneficial

A "rendering" is architect-speak for an illustration (usually three-dimensional) of a design project.

5 Things to Consider When Remodeling

Remodeling an existing building is rewarding but comes with a unique set of issues. If you are thinking about remodeling your building, the five considerations below are a good place to start.

What do Architects Charge and Why?

If only there were a simple answer! Understanding the cost of a product is usually pretty straightforward.  But architects provide a wide range of services. Even the drawings they produce are technically called “instruments of service.”  In simple terms an architect’s “cost of services” could be calculated as: (value of an architect per hour) x

Selecting Building Systems

Sometimes clients hire an architect knowing exactly what they want in a building, but that is rarely the case. We believe most clients come to an architect so they can be informed of the options that exist for a particular decision, along with the costs and benefits of those choices. When it comes to long-term energy expenses,

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Donors

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an architectural rendering (or fly-through video, or schematic floor plan, etc) may be worth a thousand words.

Budget Checklist: 10 Costs to Consider before you Build or Renovate

If it were only as easy as using magic to produce the much needed capital to ensure a project…. The reality of the design and construction industry is that ‘the budget’ is a daily force to be reckoned with.

Building Envelope Commissioning: Plan & Test Now, Save Time & Money Later

Some of us SOA-tians went to a Lunch & Learn a couple weeks ago about Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) that was pretty interesting.

No Lumps – Not in My Oatmeal Nor My Insulation

It’s snowing outside, the wind is howling and there you sit in your cozy, warm home smiling with self satisfaction. Why?….

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