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Our Approach

(It's in our name)


Client Education

The highest value an architect can add to a project is through educating their clients.  Many people are unaware of the opportunities that bring inherent value to their project, just as most people are unaware of the pitfalls that can rob the value from a project.  At ARCH-101, we believe that the single best person to advocate for the client's goals is the architect.  In order to do this, your architect needs to be highly experienced in all phases of architecture, your business, and general business practices. 


Aesthetically speaking, a quality architect will give you the design that matches your personality, aligns with your goals, and meets the objectives of the project.  But this is not necessarily the highest value your architect offers.  The highest value is found in their ability to meet the other goals of the project, such as:


  • Helping get the most advantageous lease terms
  • Matching the type of construction/contractor to a client and project type
  • Helping a client get the best financing package from a lender
  • Creating project budgets that give the highest value and return depending on the goals of the project
  • Helping a client navigate through the project process while maintaining the highest value
  • Announcing to a client when there is an opportunity for cost savings or potential cost overrun
  • Others...


How is this accomplished?  Only through proactive client education from a passionate, highly experienced architect.



Principal-Managed Projects

In order for a client to achieve the highest value, they need to work directly with the most passionate and highly experienced professionals.  This is why ARCH-101 remains a small firm as the principals directly manage all project work.


Many times in larger firms, principals will hand-off projects to lesser-experienced staff.  Why?  So the principals can remain focused on running their business.  A small firm, focusing only one project type is not encumbered with these issues.  It is impossible for an architectural firm to be an advocate for a client when they are not experienced in all aspects of a project, including business.  It is simply impossible for an architect who has no business experience understand the importance of a project budget, increasing revenues, personal retirement goals, increasing practice value, project lending, leases, etc.


We offer the most experienced architects in the industry, specifically for your project type.



Design Excellence

What does this mean?  Everyone has a personal view of what design excellence means to them.  At ARCH-101 it means the following:


  • It is useful, functional, and efficient.
  • It addresses the needs of the users.
  • It is easy and cost effective to maintain.
  • It is constructed with high quality and durable materials.
  • The cost meets or exceeds the expectations of the owner.
  • The aesthetic quality meets the expectations of the owner.
  • It is designed around the owner’s current and future needs.
  • It is environmentally sensitive.
  • It is contextually sensitive and appropriate.
  • It inspires.
  • It endures.



Your Office is Important!

Your office is a vitally important business tool - one which will help establish your practice within your local community. It can enhance employee productivity and satisfaction, increase the value of your practice, enhance your image, and create a memorable experience for your patients.



Your Office Is Expensive

The second highest costs in your business, besides employee compensation, are for your office.  Costs for your office include:

  • Lease/rent
  • Utilities
  • Maintenance
  • Taxes
  • Construction
  • Parking
  • Signage
  • Landscaping/snow removal


A properly designed office with a favorable, flexible lease can reduce all of these costs. 



Dental Design

Dental office design is a specialty within the design industry.  Just as dentists, physicians, and attorneys specialize in different areas, architects do as well.  You don't want a criminal attorney doing your taxes and you don't want they architect who designed your house designing an orthodontic office.  Increase your chance for a successful project and work with experienced orthodontic design professionals.


The only way to plan a successful project is to understand, communicate, and share thoughts and ideas regarding your goals.  You also must define the measurements you will use to gauge the success of your project after it has been completed.



Planning for Success

A recent graduate will have very different goals than a seasoned professional with 20 years experience. A dentist constructing a new satellite office building will have diferent project criteria than a dentist buying into an existing practice with a long-term lease. Each should approach their projects with these goals clearly defined and understood by the entire project team. Once all goals have been established, we move on to the overall project budget (and how it was determined), project schedule (is it realistic?); and an understanding of what measurements you will use to judge the success of your project...not just today, but 1, 5, 10, 20+ years from now.


Do not underestimate the importance of pre-project planning.  Before you move forward, make sure you take a purposeful approach.  Take a minute and review your goals and your options; there are many.  Is a new building the best for you and your practice?  Does signing a new 10 year lease support your future goals? Did you look at retirement goals, tax incentives, your practice goals for growth and/or retirement in 5, 10, 20 years, the advantages of owning, investment potential of owning a new building, etc.? 


How will you define the success of your new office or building?

  • Efficient floor plan
  • Compliments personal financial goals
  • In line with short and long-term goals for your practice
  • Is a great marketing tool
  • Provides ample parking
  • Has a great location
  • Provides room for growth
  • Design compliments the values of your practice
  • Increases the value of your practice
  • Takes advantage of tax incentives
  • Design attracts and keeps the best employees
  • Enhances the services you offer
  • Others...



Buy, Build or Lease?

Before you start your project, make sure that you understand the pros and cons of buying a building, leasing from a landlord or building new.  Many people rule out one over the other based upon pre-conceived notions, which many times are inaccurate.