In the last five years, we have successfully produced many higher education projects of various sizes, from completely new structures to smaller renovations. Some of the many projects have included: student housing, student dining, and classrooms.

Meeting the client’s budget is one of the most fundamental elements of our services. As part of the cost estimate we provide to clients, we include a breakdown of foreseeable construction costs, and we propose cost-saving options.  Ideally, value engineering occurs prior to the bid and construction contract.

Our time-tested delivery approach, modeled on efficient design and production methods, assures that challenges are met and overcome with minimal impact on the schedule. 

The Architect’s attention to the project throughout the construction phase is a vital and often overlooked factor to a successful project. We allocate a significant portion of each project’s budgeted time to Construction Administration, so we can assure the Owner is properly represented during this critical phase of the project delivery process. 

Our experience includes all phases of the project delivery process:

Site Analysis
Feasibility Studies
Design Phase Documents
Code Research
Cost Estimating
Product Research
Specification Writing
Construction Documents
Construction Administration
Project close-out

“95% of our projects were delivered on time and have a change order rate of less than 3%”
LifeStream Hope and Recovery Center 0.4%
LifeStream Academy Classrooms 1.5%
LifeStream Clermont Outpatient Facility 2.5%
The University of Tampa Austin Hall HVAC renovation 2.6%

Meeting the clients schedule and budget with minimal impact on their operations is the most fundamental aspect of our service.

There are many challenges to delivering a project: Unforeseen conditions, unclear goals, unrealistic budgets, conflicts, and omissions can quickly add to unexpected costs.   Additional pressure from some contractors to add profit through change orders will test even the best set of contract documents.  Shumake Architecture, PA has developed efficient design and production methods and utilizes a time-tested systematic service delivery approach to assure all challenges are met and overcome.

Site Analysis
Detailed existing conditions surveys give us an understanding of the building’s systems which is fundamental to a successful design.  Modifying the design to accommodate the existing main systems is usually the most cost-effective solution to renovation projects.

Project Design 

During the design phase, we analyze the project scope in relation to the proposed budget. Then we identify major issues immediately to adjust the scope without dramatically affecting the schedule. Our team of designers and engineers is uniquely qualified to resolve complex space planning tasks supported by visual studies and 3d renderings.  (Click here to learn more about our rendering services.)

Specification Writing
The days of issuing the “last projects specs” are long gone. Customized specifications are created for each project and we implement new and refined products in response to environmental concerns. Customized specifications reduce the risk of substandard materials or workmanship.

Construction Documents
We produce high-quality construction documents using methodical and systematic standards.  Document check sets are provided at project milestones for the owner and key team members to review and provide comments. Customized specifications reduce the risk of substandard materials or workmanship.  Clear communication reduces errors resulting in fewer delays and costly mistakes.

Standardized bidding documents and procedures form the ground rules for an efficient, fair bid process that attracts multiple bidders.  Contractor qualifications and bonding requirements are clearly specified to assure only qualified construction teams are bidding on the project.  Upon award, we perform a careful review of the contractor’s qualifications prior to signing the contract.

Contract Management
We draft contracts for Owner/Contractor review, resolve contract-related questions during the negotiating phase and provide final contract documents for signatures.

Construction Administration
Follow through in the construction phase is imperative.  On budget at bid day does not yet mean success.  Structured construction administration procedures keep change order claims to a minimum.  We are on site at least once a week as necessary.  We invest the time required to protect your interests and the quality of your building.  Our professional judgment, based on over a decade of experience, allows us to distinguish minor construction irregularities from major issues and effectively resolve them while maintaining construction team cooperation.

Project close-out
We stay focused through close-out completion. This includes final inspections to verify punch list work is complete and close-out documents are provided.

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