Ringdahl Architects
Ringdahl Architects

Step One: Planning
Ringdahl Architects begins each project with information-gathering meetings with the client. The goal of these meetings is to discover the client's needs, desires, experience and opinions. These discussions are open, frank and informal and include questions such as:

  • What is your concept of the project?
  • What is your schedule?
  • What is your budget for the project?
  • Do you have an established site for the project?
  • Who will represent the client and make decisions?

Gathering this information well in advance ensures that the project will get off to a good start and also helps to avoid any big surprises for either party during the design and construction process.

Step Two: Design
Working with the information generated in step one, Ringdahl Architects begins to develop the project starting with the "schematic design phase," which includes site analysis, space planning and preliminary budget development. Next is the "design development phase," which includes final space planning, technical plan review, finishes and materials selections, and probable cost statement. This is followed by the "design phase," which includes the preparation of architectural drawings and specifications, and the bid proposal documents.

Step Three: Construction
The final step is the construction process. Ringdahl Architects can manage all aspects of construction to assure that everything is done on time, up to specifications and on budget. The client will be informed and involved in the process on a predetermined basis. Various reports can be prepared and submitted as agreed upon by Ringdahl Architects and the client. This process not only provides a very high level of owner awareness and participation in the project, but also provides continuity between the design and construction phases.