- Architecture & Planning
Our philosophy is built around the belief that the architectural process is “synergetic” in nature. By interconnecting individual elements to form a whole, the sum of its parts has a greater impact on enhancing the built environment than any single part working alone.
The team at SLM has the capacity and know-how to manage projects through all phases of the architectural processes. Starting with Schematic Design, we work directly with our clients to establish the design parameters and programmatic objectives. Visual and aesthetic considerations are taken into account as the project takes shape. During Design Development, the project is refined and detailed; finish materials and colors selected to advance the process. Once in Construction Documentation, budget estimates and scheduling durations solidified as well as coordinating the internal infrastructure requirements for proper engineering performance related to MEP components.
Construction drawings are prepared using automated computer aided drafting (Auto-CAD) software to assure accuracy. We offer the latest “Rivet/ BIM” three-dimensional modeling and animated color rendering services for clients to assist them in better understanding their imagined vision and communicate it to a larger audience if necessary.
- Zoning Analysis & Agency Approvals
Each assignment has its own unique characteristics. As part of developing a realistic notion of what is achievable, the programmatic criteria must be studied and analyzed to verify compliances with established building codes and regulations. This process is included within our initial assessment of the design and adjustments are made accordingly to ensure zoning requirements are met.
The bureaucratic procedures associated with agency approvals can be frustrating and unpleasant. We review the issues to assure the project adheres with ordinances and mandates enacted by federal, state and local municipal authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) over the site locale. SLM takes the necessary steps involved with filing the job and ultimately obtaining agency approvals for permitting the project.
- Green Design & LEED Consultation
Green design practices have been brought to our conscious awareness as we look for sustainable ways to safeguard our environment. We offer alternative designs which address these concerns creating the right balance between the natural and built environments. Through the implementation of LEED inspired initiatives, SLM takes into consideration environmental, social, and economical implications to generate responsive solutions.
- Project & Construction Management
Strategic planning is required in order to properly navigate the pitfalls associated with putting work in-place. SLM takes a proactive position in the Bid & Award phase to coordinate the tangible issues related to contract negotiation, contractor selection and procurement. As the project advances into construction, concentration is given to sequencing the logistical activities encountered during Construction Administration, which includes scheduling, documentation, monitoring on-site progress, and providing direction to all concerned participants. In the event field conditions dictate a change due to unforeseen circumstances, the process is managed so as to minimize exposure and avoid delays in delivering the end product. Through the utilization of prescribed industry standards and a network of professional peers, SLM is able to provide guidance to the construction process for a successful completion and turnover.
- Budget & Cost Analysis
Managing project finances is just as important as seeing the vision become reality. In fact, without a financial management strategy, the vision can be deferred. Therefore, it is important to understand what the project costs will be in order to determine value and avoid miscalculations during the design/ build process. SLM’s budget planning and administration beginning during the schematic phase of design and continues into construction. We prepare estimates for budgeting purposes, distinguish project hard and soft cost line-items, determine cash-flow projections and come up with contingency plans to predict with certain accuracy the overall expenditures to the project.
- Renewable Energy Systems
By embracing advantages offered through the emergences of renewable energy technologies, one is able to achieve certain independency, relying less on antiquated methods of generating power to become self-sustained. SLM is focused on the benefits of the “Photovoltaic Effect” or “Solar PV” – producing electricity via. sunlight. We design systems for installation that optimizes electrical performance within a structure thereby reducing your dependency on outmoded means of providing electricity, which ultimately saves our clients money.
“Innovative Thinking at Work”
The services outlined enables the design/build process allowing for new and alternative ideas to be developed.