4 Reasons Why Architects Are Crucial in Construction

So why are architects essential to the construction industry? Architects are the centerpiece of the building’s design. They are the point of contact for all entities including the Owner, building officials Authorities having Jurisdictions (AHJ’s), engineers, design consultants, and the construction team. In addition to leading the design and planning phases and performing construction administration, they can support earlier phases of the project such as site selection, master planning, setting Owner’s design criteria, etc. Not only do these skills help them in their work with construction projects but also allow them to be versatile and able to work across a variety of industries. Additionally, architects help the construction team with budgeting and overseeing construction so that the final product is accurate and meets all the necessary requirements. In this article we want to highlight 4 reasons architects are crucial in construction.

1. Architects Bring Visions to Life

Architects bring visions to life by designing facilities that functionally and efficiently meet the Owner’s needs, with quality always in mind.  Using BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology, architects create the building virtually in 3D and coordinate with engineers during design development. This benefits the team by avoiding interferences and minimizing conflicts during the construction phase, which can be very costly and time consuming. This technology allows architects to view the entire project in one consolidated model, which is vital in making decisions and solving issues before they have a negative impact on the overall project. Additionally, the ubiquitous use of other visual communication tools – such as drawings, renderings, models, etc. ensures that all stakeholders are aware of the project’s progress at any time. 

2. Architects Design Facilities for Safety, Security, and Accessibility

In addition to being functional and efficient, Architects design facilities that meet or exceed standards to be safe, secure, and accessible for everyone. Designing from the standpoint of safety is a primary goal. Incorporating the Owner’s specific requirements, Architects consider all potential hazards associated with the use of the building to ensure buildings are designed to minimize operational accidents, provide a safe working environment, and protect people from harm both during construction and once in operation. Security of the Owner’s personnel and property is always considered in the design. Creating the optimal layout of the building also entails providing sites and facilities that are safe for everyone. Considering these and all other design requirements, Architects make sure every aspect of the project is designed correctly, addressing potential hazards and challenges through good design practices.

As technology evolves, specifically relating to computing power and both augmented and virtual reality, the utilization of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology has grown tremendously, especially in recent years.

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3. Architects Understand Building Codes and Regulations

Architects are experts in building codes and regulations and will lead the team of engineers and designers to make sure a project comprehensively meets all requirements of federal, state and local regulations. Architects must develop a strong understanding of the community in which the building will be located to ensure a project is designed in accordance with local zoning and building ordinances.  This leads to an appropriate design that meets the specific needs of the client, the community, and the day-to-day users of the building.

4. Architects Support the Construction Team

Construction projects can be expensive and time-consuming. That’s why it’s important for architects to help the construction team stay on budget and keep the schedule moving in the right direction. They do this by ensuring buildings are designed correctly from the start, working with contractors who are knowledgeable in building quality structures quickly and efficiently, and staying organized throughout the project. This helps ensure that construction deadlines are met without any major problems. Additionally, architects and engineers design with the construction process in mind so they can have confidence in achieving success when the building is built. By doing this, they’re able to make sure everything is done correctly – no matter how challenging or complicated the construction project may be. Their experience in construction is invaluable and can help to keep projects on track.

KBD Group Architects are Ready to Support Your Next Project

KBD Group is a well-known and respected name in the building industry, and for good reason. Having a premier team of Architects and Engineers, KBD Group has a proven track record of success. As key members of KBDG’s true Design-Build team, Architects and engineers work with the construction team to positively impact the budget, schedule, safety, quality, and constructability of the overall project.

From Design-Only to Design-Build, KBD Group has successfully completed a wide range of projects. In addition, KBD Group is known for its innovative and modern designs and has won numerous awards and accolades. If you are looking for an experienced and successful firm to handle your next project, trust KBD Group to help solve your construction needs. 

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