The highest value an architect can offer any client or project is in the form of information. Most people are unaware of the abundant opportunities that bring real value to a project... just as most people are unaware of the pitfalls that can quickly rob the value from a project. At ARCH-101, we believe that the architect, the person who has the most control over a project, is the key person in providing information to a client. The architect should be the client's advocate. In order to provide the highest client value, your architect should be highly experienced, but not only in architecture. They should also be experienced in dealing with contractors, landlords, leases, lenders, contracts, finance, development, and the general business practices found in your industry.
Aesthetically speaking, a quality architect will design a project that matches your personality, aligns with your goals, and meets the objectives of the project. But is this a value or simply the basic expectations a client should have of their architect? A client will receive the highest value when their architect can assist with other, directly related project issues, such as:
How is this accomplished? Only through proactive client education from a passionate, highly experienced architect.
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 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, personal retirement goals, increasing practice value, project lending, leases, etc.
We offer the most experienced architects in the industry, specifically for your project type.
What does this mean? Everyone has a personal view of what design excellence means to them. At ARCH-101 it means the following:
Your Office is Important!
Your office is a vital 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:
A properly designed office with a favorable, flexible lease can reduce all of these costs.
Orthodontic 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. An orthodontist constructing a new satellite office building will have diferent project criteria than an orthodontist 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?
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.