By Rasheda Tripp
August 19, 2020

Whenever I say, “I’m an architect,” most people immediately say, “oh, you design buildings.” The short answer is always yes. However, the process to get from the client’s need to an actual building is not that simple.

The Reserve at Burton Creek project, a 70-unit townhome-style student housing complex in Lynchburg, is a prime example of the intricate level of coordination necessary to bring a structure to life. One of the first things GuernseyTingle did for this project was to conduct meetings with the local code official to ensure the project would satisfy the necessary standards. This over-the-shoulder review of the construction documents allowed us to address any potential issues and ways to modify details to meet local requirements.  Additional follow up conversations took place to ensure we agreed on the path forward. This critical step helped us avoid significant issues when going through the building permit review process.

When possible, we strongly encourage clients to engage contractors as early as possible, and Burton Creek was no exception.  This preliminary interaction between the two parties helps to clarify expectations and prevent “sticker shock” when final construction bids are presented. We have found that working with a contractor during design allows the client and GT to make economic design decisions that will positively impact the bottom line. The Burton Creek project included a collaboration session involving the client, GT, contractor, and a few subcontractors to discuss ways to deliver the project in-line with the anticipated budget.

The goal is always to have an aesthetically pleasing design within budget and on time. The Reserve at Burton Creek exemplifies how GuernseyTingle works to achieve that through early engagement and collaboration.

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