Jigsaw design believes that research on code requirements early in the design phase is essential. This could expose issues such as fire separation requirements or the need to add a sprinkler system to a building. Code analysis also includes items such as maximum building height and area, maximum travel distance to an exit, number of exits required, occupant load, quantity of plumbing fixture required and handicap accessibility.
We will visit the site and take measurements of existing conditions such as wall and door layout, ceiling and lighting types and locations, electrical outlets, structural components, roof types and slope. If needed we will take note of site features such as parking spaces, curbs, sidewalks, etc.
This is where we take the Client’s initial ideas/sketches to the next level. An initial code study is completed and a floor plan is drawn in CAD (computer aided design). Test fits are completed until a plan is agreed upon. Exterior elevations (when needed) are also implemented for review and comment. Meetings are held with the Client to review the plan layout, exterior elevations and details of the project as needed.
Drawings are further developed and sent off to the engineering team. Depending on the scope of work the engineers could include Mechanical/Plumbing, Electrical, Structural, Civil and Geotechnical.
At this phase more details are put into the drawing set. These could include finish plan and schedule, reflected ceiling plan with lighting schedule, exterior elevations with dimensions and notes, building sections, wall sections and details, interior elevations, enlarged plans, stair and handrail details, millwork elevations and details and window, door and hardware schedules.
Services include attending weekly construction meetings, responding to Requests for Information and conducting periodic site visits as needed and provide field observation reports. We also review submittals/shop drawings/material samples for compliance with the project specifications, respond to RFI’s from the contractor, help resolve issues and on-site construction questions and attend up to two punch list walkthroughs.
Selection of finishes such as paint, carpet, laminates, solid surfaces, light fixtures, floor or wall tile, etc.
Having access to realistic or schematic renderings is a great tool for a client. It helps to better visualize materials, colors and projection of elements. It also serves as a great fundraising tool when needed for non-profit companies.