Lapointe Architects
Q. What services does Lapointe Architects provide?

Whether you intend to construct a new building, carry out an expansion, renovation or conversion of an existing building, or to investigate the suitability of a site for a future building, Lapointe Architects prides itself in creating a project tailored to your needs and desires. Prior to retaining our services, we offer an initial consultation to allow us to better understand your goals. The following outlines a typical breakdown of our services:

Preliminary Design Phase
We commence each project with a pre-design phase, to gather information about the particulars of your program, schedule and budget. Lapointe Architects can help you select an appropriate site for your project and prepare the relevant Feasibility or Urban Design Study. In the case of the renovation or enlargement of an existing building, we can also prepare accurate measured drawings of the existing building. Lapointe Architects will also guide your project through various planning and other government processes. We will then develop a preliminary design that meets your needs and conforms to the selected regulations. If required, we will appear on your behalf before various planning committees and at public hearings to present and defend your project.

Design Development Phase
After receiving the required municipal approvals, we will further develop the design of your project. During this phase, we will refine and confirm specific details of the project, both large and small. We can also prepare architectural renderings and models if you so request.

Construction Documents Phase
The design drawings will form the basis for the Construction Documents, which include detailed drawings of plans, interior and exterior elevations, sections and construction details that will be used to obtain a building permit and to construct the building. We also write specifications for all elements that are better described in text rather than drawn, including requirements for the manufacture, installation and performance of various building components.

You may also want us to coordinate other consultants' work, such as the structural and mechanical engineers.

Bidding or Negotiation Phase:
Unless you have pre-selected a contractor, the Construction Documents will also be tendered to selected contractors to obtain quotes for the construction of the project. We can help you choose the most capable and experience contractor by reviewing both their bids and their past experience. If the project is over budget, we can also suggest and implement cost savings measures.

Construction Phase:
During the construction period of the project, Lapointe Architects will be responsible for communication between the client, consultants and contractor, issuing advice, changes and modifications as required. This phase includes site visits to review the progress of the construction and to ensure that the quality of the construction conforms to the design intent.

We can also prepare architectural as-built drawings and can follow up on any deficiencies arising during the warrantee period.
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