Architectural Projects

Bonding or insurance?

An addition to an existing school valued at around $1M was out to tender. This was Robert’s first major project after starting his own firm, and as a newly registered architect he was still feeling his way around the world of tendering and contract administration. This was also the first time he had written specifications …

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Shop drawing review – contractor essential

Sometimes there is a bit of anxiety on the part of consultants on how far to go in the review of a shop drawing. This anxiety can be reduced by understanding a little bit of the purpose and intent of shop drawings along with the responsibilities of the contractor in the process.

Site photos with purpose

A good photograph is knowing where to stand – Ansel Adams How many times have you taken site photos and then once back in the office you realize that the photos are missing parts of the room, details or some other information you desperately need that minute? Have you ever sent a junior on site …

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Quick Guide: Modern Contractor

Some notable Modernist architects have started their careers as builders or contractors. A few that stand out include Craig Ellwood and his cool Case Study House # 17 or Alfred Newman Beadle and the original Case Study Apartment #1. Another popular contractor/developer who is probably more famous than the architects he hired, is Joseph Eichler and his popular modernist …

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