Looking good is only one part of the design. Your project has to function for your needs, and more importantly; it has to be affordable for you. Because we are teamed with Compass Commercial Services we have direct access to their building expertise at the beginning phases of your design. We’ll ask questions – a lot of them. We’ll listen your ideas and incorporate them into the design. We value engineer our designs so that we create the best look possible in the most efficient manner. In the end, we’ll deliver a project where creativity meets accountability.
Our feasibility study focuses on helping you answer the essential question: “should we proceed with the proposed project idea?” We’ll visit and evaluate your site and identify potential problems. We’ll determine whether an idea will work for the proposed site and provide alternative ideas to improve the project.
How much will it cost? That’s the question on everyone’s mind, and we make sure we have all the information needed to provide you with an accurate quote. Our prices include everything with no surprises buried as add-ons down the road. When you sign our contract, you can rest easy knowing that your final price will not vary (unless you change your mind a hundred times!). And, because we work closely with Compass Commercial Services, another member of the Ahmann Companies family, we’ll have a pretty good idea of what your building costs will run as we work through the design process.
Renovating an old building for your new office seems like such a romantic idea. You can already picture the brick walls in your own personal office and see the old wood beams leading you down the hallway. Revitalizing an old space requires a familiarity with construction methods and techniques of the past, and the ability to understand how a specific structure has changed – been changed- over time. After all, you don’t want your new office to look like a near miss by simply using the wrong brick technique when filling in or adding on. We have plenty of experience working within existing space or completely gutting an old building to make it usable for your home or a commercial office and our team knows what to look for throughout the process.
Reading a thick codebook can be a scary proposition for you, but it makes our brains tick. We are specially trained to look for the little things that are required that you may not think of and our team can quickly identify and incorporate those codes necessary.
This usually goes hand in hand with the renovation or adaptive reuse of a space/building. We’ll work with you to study the surroundings of an existing building to ensure that your project doesn’t look like a space ship landed in the neighborhood when you’re finished. We take into account a building’s origins, what it was used for and determine if it makes sense to proceed. Your feasibility study will reveal which direction we will suggest you take with your project.
How many parking spaces will we need for our retail building? Should we put condos in the development? I love walking trails – let’s add that! We love it when you bring us in at the very beginning to master plan an entire development and those are just some of the questions we’ll be asking. In fact, we’ll ask so many questions that you’ll think they’ll never end, but it’s our job to know what to ask to make your project successful and affordable. We think of things that you probably didn’t even know you could include, or remove things that don’t make sense. Either way, this process is a collaboration between you and our team that is fun and creative.
You think you need 5,000 square feet for your office. But maybe you don’t. You want brick walls. You can’t afford them. You want a cool front desk. You CAN afford that. Whether we’re space planning your new office or designing the entire interior we’ll ask the right questions and create something you’ll love without breaking the bank.
Go green. You hear it a lot these days, but what does it mean? By definition, sustainable design means, “to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.”