A change to Iowa’s bidding laws went into effect in July 2022. Previously, publicly funded projects used a design-bid-build or Construction Manager Agent (CMA) project delivery method. Now, public entities have the option to hire a Construction Manager at-Risk (CMR).
Public works are the lifeblood of our communities. They provide essential services—from the water in our taps to the roads we take to work. Unfortunately, public works facilities can be overlooked—with workers operating out of outdated buildings scattered across the city.
A building project is an opportunity to reduce your energy consumption. Whether you construct a new facility or renovate an existing one, you can expect to discuss energy performance and utility costs with your design team.
Energy performance is a top concern for many building owners. After all, an inefficient building can increase your utility costs and drain your operational budget. To achieve a high-performance space, you need to make informed decisions at every stage of the architectural process.
Whether a school or workplace, a flexible interior offers many benefits. Flexibility can help you maintain your building’s usefulness even as your needs change. It can also help you reduce the likelihood of extensive renovations, saving you time and money while minimizing your carbon footprint.
Whether you represent a public school, university, or municipality, you may need to go through a bidding process to secure a contractor. While public bidding promotes competition, it also adds a layer of complexity to a building project. You and your architect may need to check some extra boxes to ensure the process runs smoothly.
Building projects are full of uncertainty. With many moving parts and technical elements, it’s important to implement a quality assurance process and make sure everything is operating correctly.
A feasibility study is an important early step in the architectural process. Whether you want to construct a new building, undertake a renovation, or improve your current space, an architect can help you explore options and determine budgets.