Architecture Solutions for Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Northeastern Iowa
For over 30 years, we’ve helped clients create buildings and spaces that have become important landmarks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, Dubuque, and Northeastern Iowa. As a premier architecture firm, our mission is to design sustainable building solutions that meet your budget, add value to your community, and exceed your expectations. We’ll be your guide, consultant, and advocate throughout the visioning, planning and building process of your project.
We hope you’ll involve us early on in your planning process so we can help you identify the best architecture solutions to meet your needs and goals. We can help you determine how big your building and site should be before you look at existing buildings or even consider buying land. We can help you explore whether building new or adapting an existing building is the best option for you. Plus, we understand Iowa zoning and building codes so you can stay in compliance right from the beginning and save time, money and avoid frustration down the road.
Our Architecture Services
We custom design our services to meet the needs and goals of your project—but also to save you money. We know building projects are huge investments for any organization, so we keep your budget in mind on every decision we make. That doesn’t limit our creativity. Instead, it motivates us to work harder to find the best solution for your needs. Our services typically include:
Needs Assessment – Determining your wants and needs.
Space Programming –Documenting and prioritizing your wants and needs.
Site Selection/Building Selection – Comparing available land parcels or available buildings for renovation.
Master Planning – In every project we need to think about the future beyond the immediate building project. You may not think you will ever expand again, but all too often that thinking costs money in future projects, which could be eliminated with proper planning and a bit of forethought.
Schematic Design – Developing ideas about how your building should be laid out and what it should look like. Comparing optional solutions for your building design.
Design Development – Taking the selected design and working out the big issues.
Construction Documents – Making drawings and specifications for the contractors to price your building and then build from them.
Pricing/Bidding – Preliminary costs are developed by us throughout the Planning Phase, but during the Building Phase contractors formally develop costs. This may be competitive bids or less formal cost-not-to-exceed prices.
Construction – During the construction process we provide administration of the construction contract. We work with the contractors daily to answer questions and resolve issues. We will keep you informed and up-to-date while limiting distractions and hassle on your end.
As a general rule, we approach all of our projects from the forward-thinking standpoint that buildings eventually evolve and grow into something different than originally intended. Even if you know you will never build again, the added resale value of a building that can be expanded justifies even a small amount of good planning and foresight. For fast growing Iowa companies, churches, and social service agencies, we make master planning a formal part of our planning process. We help you forecast your needs in the future and show you how your building can be expanded in one, two, or more phases. This lets you undertake a multi-phased project with the confidence that the various phases will meet your needs and budget over many years.
Ever need someone to talk to about an idea? The possibilities for building are endless and we love to talk about and explore them. We can help you explore potential projects, test the soundness of an idea or structure, research building and zoning issues, or conduct historic preservation and feasibility studies. We can even help you find a funding source, set up a fundraiser, or introduce you to a friendly banker.
It’s okay if you’re not quite ready to commit to a project. Or, if you’re ready—but the project is not—we’ll tell you so. We’ve learned over the years that projects happen when the timing is right.
We don’t work alone. With years of experience serving Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Northeastern Iowa, we have built up a stable group of contractors, suppliers, engineers, and service companies that we call upon when special expertise is needed.
Contact us today and we’ll prepare an Outline of Services so you can get started on the right track.