Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. 1. Renovation and new construction permit services for residential and commercial projects.
2. Renovation and new construction MEP/Architectural design services for residential and commercial projects.
3. Engineering, Design, and Drafting Services for Private, Commercial and Consulting firms.
4. LEEDS sustainability simulations and compliance reports for accreditation and awards.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. 1. Design of Optimum Energy and Quality Environment HVAC system for Galapogos Baltra, Ecuador, Airport Terminal.
2. MEP Permit services for a $58,000 residential kitchen renovation, Rockville, Maryland.
3. Structural Permit services for improvements to an existing 48 ft x 12 ft patio area, (Wind, Snowload, and Seismic calculations).
4. Structural Permit services for 400 sf Room Addition, Ellicott City, Maryland.
5. MEP Permit services to convert 1500 sf Basement into "Man Cave" Media Room. Contract has been extended to providing Architectural Details for construction.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. In our industry we have a saying, " One good drafting layout,,,is worth thousands dollars". Many professional designers, builders, and planners will wholeheartedly agree.
With respect to the current economy...we suggest to you, that one the most cost effective resources, beyond Architectural input, is to outsource the coordination of your projects.
Computer Aided resources can reduce your coordination budget to simple man-hour cost, with no further overhead.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Customers requesting quotes for design and drafting jobs should be prepared to verbally discuss their requirements to develop pricing information, and to assure that the drawing sets are professionally formatted to fulfill your requirements. Immediate contact information should be included with your inquiries. Please be alerted that professional Designers and/or Drafters do not offer "blind" quotes.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Pricing for developing construction documents...i.e., drawings, is based on a standard referred to as the Weight System. The "weight" of a drawing is the negotiated man-hours per sheet in the drawing set, multiplied by a quoted hourly rate.
A professionally formatted set of drawings for presentation will include a cover sheet (first sheet), and may include additional sheets for details, materials, equipment, and specifications.
A presentation drawing set is generally referred to as a design development and precludes the requirements for permits, bidding and construction. The content of these drawing sets must comply with local jurisdiction codes, for the protection of "Owners", in the construction phase of the project.
When inquiring design/drafting quotes the Owner requirements should be firm about the phase to be developed by the designer/drafter.