Design Services

New Commercial Design

Understanding creative projects requires a unique combination of ambition, skill, and technical know-how.  At WCA Design Studio our goal is to provide a turnkey solution for our clients that is both financially realistic and extraordinary.  We follow best practices in the areas of commercial planning and design to make each building economically efficient and beautiful to behold.  From metal buildings to multi-story, multi-use projects, we can get the job done. Call, email, or drop by to visit about how we can help you with your new building.

 

Commercial Renovations

Renovating or adding to an existing commercial building can require a fair amount of industry knowledge.  Understanding local zoning and building codes can mean the difference between a successful project and a costly exercise in futility.  With a seasoned design team that has built a reputation of excellence and foresight, WCA Design Studio is prepared to assist you with all aspects of project delivery.  We are happy to give advice and help establish best- and worst-case scenarios to help you bring your existing structure new life.

New Residential Design

Designing a new home can be an exciting and challenging endeavor.  Whether you have chosen a contractor and site or you are just gathering ideas, WCA Design Studio, LLC has the experience, passion, and design skills to help your dreams become a reality.  Our knowledgeable staff has assisted clients from all walks of life and all over the country with new home designs.  Please feel free to call or email us to schedule a free initial appointment. 

Remodeling and Home Design

Residential Addition & Remodel Design

The WCA team enjoys designing residential addition and renovation projects to help meet the ever-changing needs of our clients and their families.  WCA is happy to help give guidance on small jobs such as paint color and finish selection.  Some jobs call for a more comprehensive design solution that requires technical knowledge and experience working with local city officials and codes.  Working with a team that you can trust is key.  Call us if we can help assist in your home remodel or addition.

Typical Service Phases


Phase One: Schematic Design

During the first phase—schematic design—a designer consults with the owner to determine project goals and requirements. Often this determines the program for the project.  The program is the term used to define the required functions of the project. It should include estimated square footage of each usage type and any other elements that achieve the project goals.  During schematic design, a designer commonly develops study drawings, documents, or other media that illustrate the concepts of the design and include spatial relationships, scale, and form for the owner to review. Schematic design also is the research phase of the project, when zoning requirements or jurisdictional restrictions are discovered and addressed. This phase produces a final schematic design, to which the owner agrees after consultation and discussions with the designer. The design then moves forward to the design development phase. Schematic design often produces a site plan, floor plan(s), sections, an elevation, and other illustrative materials; computer images, renderings, or models. Typically the drawings include overall dimensions. 


Phase Two: Design Development

Design development (DD) services use the initial design documents from the schematic phase and take them one step further. This phase lays out mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and building details.  Typically referred to as DD, this phase results in drawings that often specify design elements such as material types and location of windows and doors. The level of detail provided in the DD phase is determined by the owner’s request and the project requirements. The DD phase often ends with a formal presentation to, and approval by, the owner. Deliverables: Design development often produces floor plans, sections, and elevations with full dimensions. These drawings typically include door and window details and outline material specifications.  During the design development phase, WCA uses a proprietary 3d modeling system that enhances the process by emulating construction materials and connections.   This process makes the next phase of the design process move very quickly, and results in less coordination and increased drawing efficacy. 


Phase Three: Construction Documents

The next phase is construction documents (CDs). Once the owner and designer are satisfied with the documents produced during DD, the designer moves forward and produces drawings with greater detail. These drawings may include specifications for construction details and materials. Once CDs are produced, the designer sends them to contractors for pricing or bidding, if part of the contract. The level of detail in CDs may vary depending on the owner’s preference. If the CD set is not 100-percent complete, this is noted on the CD set when it is sent out for bid. This phase results in the contractor’s’ final estimate of project costs.  The construction document phase produces a set of drawings that include all pertinent information required for the contractor to price and build the project.


Phase Four: Contract Administration

Contract administration (CA) services are rendered at the owner’s discretion and are outlined in the owner-designer construction agreement. Different owner-designer-contractor agreements require different levels of services on the designer’s part. CA services begin with the initial contract for construction and terminate when the final certificate of payment is issued. The designer’s core responsibility during this phase is to help the contractor to build the project as specified in the CDs as approved by the owner. Questions may arise on site that require the designer to develop sketches: drawings issued after construction documents have been released that offer additional clarification to finish the project properly. Different situations may require the designer to issue a Change in Services to complete the project. Deliverables: A successfully built and contracted project.

Supplemental Services

Accessibility ComplianceProgram Management Services Space Planning
Building MeasurementProgrammingStrategic Facility Planning
Code ComplianceRecord Drawing Sustainable Building Design
Construction Contract AdministrationRenderings Urban Design Services
Furniture DesignRegional or Urban PlanningValue Analysis
Model ConstructionResearch ServicesZoning Process Assistance
Post Occupancy EvaluationSite Analysis / Site Evaluation and Planning Lighting and Signage Design