An Architect’s Role in Commercial Building Design

An Architect’s Role in Commercial Building Design

When it comes to commercial building design, architects are involved at every stage, from creating the initial plans all the way to ensuring the final details are in order. Commercial architecture must satisfy several criteria: it needs to be cohesive with the purpose of the business, it must balance creativity with commerce, and it should encourage people to use the building as intended. Seth Leeb is no stranger to commercial building design as he has a diverse portfolio ranging from a luxury FIAT car dealership to a Jimmy John’s chain restaurant. That being said, Seth Leeb and his team will provide a detailed look at a commercial architect’s role in building design within this article.

Design Development

A crucial part of design development is ensuring the client has all the necessary permits, building codes, and satisfies any existing zoning requirements. Commercial architecture is generally subjected to different regulations than residential buildings, so an architect must ensure everything is in order before proceeding. 

Once everything is in order, the rest of the design development phase consists of creating first draft plans for the client, including a tentative timeline and budget. This stage is where the project begins to come to life. 

Project Management

Commercial building design involves many different parties, including contractors, suppliers, builders, inspectors, surveyors, and more. Architects take on the role of project manager to monitor budget and timeline, ensure each party is delivering on what was agreed, and to coordinate between parties if necessary. A project manager is the glue that holds the whole project together. 

Coordinating With Clients

Nine times out of ten, the client will want regular status updates, and they will also need to be available in order to make decisions as the project progresses. Commercial architects are responsible for checking in with the client on an agreed basis, and ensuring the client’s decisions are accurately communicated to the builders. Some clients choose to be more involved than others, and the mutual understanding of the architect-client relationship is important to the success of the project. 

Safety In Design and Construction

Building sites can be dangerous places, especially if certain health and safety precautions are not followed. Safety is also arguably the most important element of a building’s design, and the architect is responsible for ensuring the building is safe during all stages of construction. 

Seth Leeb Commercial Architect in NJ

Seth Leeb has years of experience with commercial architecture in New Jersey, particularly with tackling the challenges associated with zoning and permitting across the state. His commercial projects include restaurants, car dealerships, office buildings, retail stores, medical offices, industrial buildings, fitness centers, non-profit facilities, and more. 

Seth’s extensive knowledge and expertise makes him an ideal choice for your commercial architecture project in New Jersey. For more information about how our commercial architect can help you, or if you have any questions, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://leeb-architecture.com/

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