Why Should You Use an Architect During the Construction Process?

An architect’s work does not end once construction plans have been approved. Architects are an invaluable resource during the construction phase as they already have a deep knowledge and understanding of the project. They can add value by acting as the Owner’s “eyes and ears.” This allows the Owner to focus on their business instead

Construction workers survey the incomplete floor of a multiple story building

Burning Down the House

When designing a project — any building or space — architects are tasked with the responsibility and purpose to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. It is inherent in every decision we, and our team of consultants, make. From the materials used to the physical comfort of the interior environment to the

A Recipe for Success

Have you ever read a recipe that left you with more questions than answers?  Grandma’s goose recipe above leaves out a few details: is that a can or cans of “Cream of Mushroom” soup?  What do we do with the apples and how many? Do we fry the goose in vegetable oil, lard, butter?  For

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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