Architectural Expertise

Founding Principles

As our working relationships depend on trust and open communication, we develop longstanding relationships with our clients and consultants. Well known for our commitment and meticulous attention to detail, Navia adds value to every project we undertake by designing versatile spaces and using sound building systems, and by following thorough at every stage of the design – build process.

Navia design provides full service and support in the following areas of Architectural expertise;

Architectural Design (AD)

Our design services vary greatly from client to client, but each project starts with one common element. Architectural Design begins with a great idea, philosophy, or unifying force from which the design will develop. We are trained to view design problems with a critical eye, filtered by experience and multiple influences from many other sources. Drawings, models, and specifications are merely the instruments used to transfer our ideas into reality. Our expertise lies in considering design issues from every angle, developing the best solution within the parameters of the project, and following through to the completion of construction.

Because design and construction industries are constantly changing, we work at all stages of the construction process with clients, from the early planning and programming until the project is completed by the contractor. Since each project is unique, we tailor our services to the client's timeframes, budget, and desired level of completion.

Architectural Design phases define the progress of a project. The following phases are generally used by architects to describe the process of designing structures.

Schematic Design (SD)

We typically begin work developing a program with the client which includes the functions, goals, budget, site requirements (including building code, zoning, and accessibility issues), and design expectations. Design sketches and/or feasibility studies are developed as a series of concepts for approval by the client. Preliminary estimates of construction cost may be included by request of the client.

Design Development (DD)

At this stage, we finalize the design concept using accurate square footages in detailed floor plan and site plan drawings. Elevation sketches are developed to show the exterior appearance and composition of the project. The selection of building materials, structural and mechanical systems, and methods of construction are developed during the DD phase.

Construction Documents (CD)

The bulk of our work is performed during this phase as we finalize the drawings and specifications. Specifications are detailed written requirements describing the standards for materials, equipment, and systems. The CD package is sealed by the architect and engineers at the completion of this phase.

Bidding and Contract Negotiation (BID)

Putting the project out for bid by contractors may be handled by the owner or the architect. Changes made to the contract documents at this phase are typically called addenda.

Construction Contract Administration (CCA)

The CCA Phase allows the architect to visit the construction site at regular intervals to observe the overall progress of the work. While this phase is sometimes omitted by the client to decrease the cost of design fees, the architect's involvement during construction is essential in order to ensure that design expectations are met. By being available to answer the contractor's questions throughout the construction, we can help avert and remediate costly mistakes and omissions.