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Architectural Services Defined: Part 3

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If you’re new to Archability, the breadth of services available to clients can be overwhelming to those unfamiliar with the field of architecture. To help clients understand the variety of services and select the best talent for their job, this series of articles will give an overview of each service type available through Archability. Be sure to start with the first installment to learn about them all: CAD, Interior Design, Specifications, Design, Landscape, Estimating, Rendering, Planning, Structural, Modeling, Urband Design, M.E.P., Animation, Photography, Web Services, Graphics, Environmental, and more.

Rendering

Rendering provides visual interest, concept clarity and a sense of realism to imagined projects. Renderings are the still images of an object, building or concept that are typically an interim or final version of what the project is intended to look like. Renderings can be done by hand with multiple media (much like artwork) or they can be completed digitally using 3D modeling software and photo manipulation tools. Rendering can be simple or complex, depending on the level of realism and detail required as well as the complexity of the project or object itself. Renderers can often provide additional services such as animations to help further visualize a space. Renderings are often used to help visualize the final design and are sometimes instrumental in obtaining project funding, stirring excitement for the project or making final design decisions.

If you need eye catching images for your next project to help understand the design or sell it to investors, rendering may be right for you.

Planning

Planning takes multiple forms, but distills to a single concept: forethought, expertise and vision. Planning is typically catered to the specific project at hand and often requires the expert advice and direction of a professional. Planning spans all areas of architecture and design and could entail real estate selection for your project, anticipation of growth or company needs, strategic thinking for building design and long term impact, sustainability initiatives and implementation, establishment of graphic standards, and more. Depending on your project’s needs, your contractor may be able to provide planning as an additional service to help your project shine. A great designer will be able to listen to a client’s needs, anticipate their demands and work with them to achieve a viable solution.

If you need a sounding board, expert advice or general direction for your project, planning services may be right for you.

Structural

Structural services are vital to any building and construction project. Structural services can be basic, including general advice on structural systems, material choices and initial design sizing or the service can be fine tuned and detailed to your project. Intensive structural design can involve calculations, diagrams, drawings and models. Most structural service providers are licensed in their jurisdiction, so be sure to ask about any requirements that your project needs to meet and the contractor’s qualifications. Large projects often require intensive structural work, while small projects like residences can often be done quickly and easily using standardized methods and materials.

If you have a construction project in need of review or require licensed professionals for your work, structural services may be right for you.

Join us next month as we discover the other services offered by contractors through Archability. If you haven’t yet, be sure to read all about the process and start looking for jobs or posting your projects for bids.

Brinn Miracle is an architectural intern, journalist and residential designer. She writes about architecture and design topics at her blog,www.architangent.com/blog

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