Our process begins long before we cut a board or hammer a nail.

A building project is a multi-disciplinary effort put forth by a team of architects, visual merchandisers and contractors.  It must be designed, built, moved and installed on schedule and on budget.  We know that a project can only be successful if we are able to work as part of team.

The best teams consist of members that are not only experienced and skilled at there own craft, but who understand the importance of working together with the other team members to determine the best way to build.  That is why our process focuses first on getting to know the project and the players so we can thoroughly understand the scope of the project.

  We start a project by meeting with the client, architect, conceptual designers and visual merchandisers. By talking in-depth with the team of professionals, we can better understand the conceptual and artistic vision of the client.  While we evaluate other projects that the team has worked on, we review drawings over again to better determine the scope of the work.
  Meeting with the contractors, we determine the preferred methods of fabrication.  Many times a contractor will have a better, faster or less expensive way to accomplish a task.  We also review with the transportation and moving professionals to coordinate packing and moving issues.
  We become familiar with the space by visiting the project site. We verify measurements and make note of any elevator or restricted access issues.  We establish special CCR’s and determine electrical or plumbing issues.
  In this phase we prepare shop drawings, 3-D studio design models and physical prototypes when needed for the purpose of determining feasibility cost or efficiency issues.  We prepare a value engineering review with cost comparison analysis, including optional or alternate building possibilities if necessary.  If the product needs to move inside an elevator or down a narrow hall way, sometimes modifying a fixture by 1” can alter the cost of material or labor by thousands of dollars.
  Keeping to schedule is one of our top priorities, but we know site modifications can become necessary during any project. That is why we are constantly in touch with the architects and contractors, finalizing fabrications as we progress through a job.  We carefully choose the best craftsmen with the skills required to complete a fabrication, be it one hundred pieces on the CNC or one carved and crafted unequal post.
  Careful packaging and handling of a completed project is just as important as proper fabrication.  Wrapping, boxing, and padding are a carefully orchestrated part of our process.
  Detailed drawings and instructions are prepared to help with the installation process.  Components are identified and marked so that a smooth installation can be accomplished.  Web accessed video, telephone and sight supervision are standard procedures when it comes to insuring that a contractor has the assistance to identify and install complex components.
  When ever possible we meet with the architects and contractors to do a post installation evaluation.  This is the most valuable tool that any builder can have: it gives him and the team an opportunity to evaluate the results of their efforts, so that they can streamline and avoid pitfalls on a future roll out.