Design Process

Cheryl Newton AIA is directly involved in every phase of the project to ensure the overall quality of the design and documentation is of the highest quality. Cheryl’s greatest strength is the ability to efficiently communicate every detail of the project to every member of the project team.

The owner is the most important person on the project team. By listening closely, Cheryl works together with the client to incorporate their ideas into the project. Respecting the client’s ideas, experiences and project goals is the main objective in every aspect of the project. The owner, architect, and contractor become partners in the design and construction of the project. Cheryl Newton Architect LLC coordinates the skills, experience and extensive knowledge of each person by asking questions, encouraging creative ideas and working together to develop and implement successful design solutions.

Cheryl Newton Architect LLC designs projects that are unique, interesting and beautiful, but also easy to maintain, comfortable to use and practical to build. Managing deadlines, keeping a close eye on the overall budget, and communicating with the client are the keys to a successful project.

Sustainable design stands the test of time, incorporates materials that are long lasting, helps the environment by conserving energy and becomes a healthy environment for people who use the building now and in the future.

Design Services

Master Planning: Build a “map” of the proposed development for the facility. Combined with programming and schematic design documents, it can be used for presentations/ promotional materials.

  • Evaluate the existing facilities and operations.
  • Meet with the occupants and administrators.
  • Research planning and zoning requirements, maintenance, and current trends.
  • Develop a statistical projection of future needs, define the scope of work.
  • Establish phasing for projects.

Programming: Compile an empirical list for the size and location of all spaces required.

  • Meet with all parties that will be affected by the design solution to establish operational needs and space requirements.
  • Assign square footage dimensions to each space.
  • Describe adjacencies.

Schematic Design: Define the size, shape and location of the project.

  • Create multiple design solutions (typically 3) for the building, addition(s) and/ or renovation(s).
  • Present drawings, computer renderings, and/ or three dimensional models to the owner for review and comment.

Design Development: Develop the design drawings one step further to coordinate details.

  • Produce dimensioned floor plans, building sections, exterior elevations.
  • Write an outline of material specifications for building elements such as windows and doors, types of materials, interior and exterior finishes.
  • Meet with consulting engineers to identify mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural systems.
  • Present drawings and specifications to the owner for approval to proceed into construction documents.

Construction Documents: Produce a set of drawings with all pertinent information for the contractor to price & build the project.

  • Complete drawings that include Floor Plans, Building Sections, Exterior Elevations, Reflected Ceiling Plans, Interior Elevations, Wall Sections, and Construction Details.
  • Write specifications for General Conditions, Site Materials, Concrete, Masonry, Metals, Carpentry, Roofing, Insulation, Moisture Barriers, Windows, Doors, Finishes, Specialties, Equipment, Conveying Systems, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical components.
  • Meet with consulting engineers to coordinate the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural systems with the architectural components of the building.
  • Review the completed drawings and specifications with the owner to confirm the scope of work and approval to proceed with bidding and construction of the projects.

Bidding and Negotiation: Prepare bid documents to go out to potential contractors for pricing.

  • Issue construction documents, instructions to bidders, a copy of the owner – contractor agreement, payment or performance and material bonds (if required) and any other requirements that will define the scope of work.
  • Receive questions from the contractors and issues clarifications to all bidders to maintain a consistent level of information.
  • Help the owner to evaluate the bids, select the best candidate, and negotiate the final contract.

Construction Administration: Work together with the contractor to build the project as specified in the construction documents.

  • Answer questions that may arise on site with sketches and supplemental instructions.
  • Review the billing submitted by the contractor and helps the owner determine what percentage of the contract work has been performed.
  • Document work that is added to the original scope which requires a change of the contract sum.

Project Closeout: Work together with the contractor to develop a schedule and action plan for completion.

  • Meet with the owner, contractor and consulting engineers to develop a punch list of outstanding items to be completed.
  • Coordinate an owner’s manual to outline manufacturer’s instructions and recommended maintenance for building systems and materials specific the project.
  • After the project is completed and the owner has been occupying the building for several months, Cheryl meets with the owner to review how the project is operating.