Case Studies

Architecture and the Recession

Just as with the real estate market, architecture and building have seen a significant dip since the recession began. Any time you see the economy drop, large investments and projects tend to get put off to the side until things trend back towards normalcy.

We are glad to see things trending back towards the way they used to be. Projects are up, however, costs have not completely returned to normal yet. This is the time to take advantage of the recovering economy to invest in the design-build project you have been dreaming of.

We would love to embark on the next architectural adventure with you. Contact us to learn how you can begin the process today.

What Makes Design-Build Stand Out?

The Design-Build process is different than the traditional Design-Bid-Build process, as it cuts down the process by beginning the building portion of the process before the design phase is completely finished. This is a quicker, more efficient means of completing the construction process.

What makes Design-Build stand out?

Design Build Delivers

The Design-Build process of architecture is one that many individuals looking to build a business could truly benefit from. It is a faster, more reliable, and most importantly, cheaper alternative to the traditional design-bid-build system. As the investor, it is your job to pick the company that will design what you are looking for, and be able to build it for the least amount of money. By going with Design Build, you are already on your way to staying under budget, and finishing your project ahead of schedule.

Design-Build firms are an all in one solution to the traditional two-party system of architecture. Normally, you have an architect and a builder, two separate entities that must communicate effectively with each other to ensure your project is finished as you want it. With a Design Build firm, the entire process is done through one company, and the building process begins as early as possible. This means you are much more likely to stay on track and under budget.

Energy Efficient Through UCD Lighting

UCD, or Ultra Constant Discharge lighting, is becoming a popular option for many business owners. The benefits of UCD lighting are immense, bringing a longer lasting, more efficient, and brighter lamp to commercial businesses. UCD lighting provides users with:

  • 20,000 lifetime hours
  • Lighting suitable for all climates
  • Eco-friendly lighting solution, both for energy consumption and through its composition
  • Diverse lighting solution that works from a small store to a sports arena
  • Low insect attraction
  • Weatherproof casings
  • Instant turn on velocity
  • Highest color rendering commercially available

These are just a few of the benefits of instituting UCD lighting into your business. If you would like to learn more about how you can add UCD lighting to your facilities, please contact us today!

Incorporate UCD into your next Design Build Project

The easiest time to implement a new lighting solution for your business is during the construction process. If you are building a new location, it makes sense to implement the most state of the art equipment into your new facility. We don’t all have the luxury of being able to do this, however, it is by far the best solution if you are about to begin the construction process.

UCD lighting is a low energy, high output lighting solution that generates up to 20,000 hours of lighting before needing to be replaced. This is almost double the lifespan of the closest competitor. Another benefit is the vastly superior quality of light emitted by UCD lighting. It has the highest color rendering of any commercially available lighting solution and instantly turns out without the need to warm up.

The Final Look is Only Part of the Equation

It is important to have a final product that you are proud to show off. Those building and designing a project work very hard to bring you a final product that comes together properly. However, there are a number of other factors aside from the way the project turns out that come into play when determining whether a project was a success.

Here are a few of the important factors that help determine the successfulness of a project:

UCD Lighting Features

Ultra Constant Discharge, or UCD Lighting, is an environmentally conscious alternative to traditional lighting solutions. UCD Lighting is a power saving light system emitted by low voltage in arc tubes filled with Xenon gas and metallic compounds through ultra constant discharging. But what sets UCD lighting apart?

Features of UCD Lighting:

• High Efficiency 108 LM/W

• Super Slim and Lightweight

• Working Temperature Range of -50° C to +85° C

• Automatic shutdown on failure of ignition and overheating

• Eco-Friendly lighting solution

• Low heat generation

• Superior Durability – 20,000 hour longevity

The Uses of UCD Lighting

Ultra Constant Discharge, or UCD Lighting, is the newest innovation in green lighting solutions. UCD Lighting is a substitute for mercury lamps, high-pressure sodium lamps, induction lamps, LED and metal halide lamps. Energy saving lights are becoming popular options for everything from household lighting to commercial and industrial uses. There are many applications for UCD Lighting, including:

• Public facilities

• Street lighting

• Security lighting

• Park lighting

• Industrial and Commercial uses

• Residential housing

• Emergency and Military

UCD Lighting is being utilized for a variety of different means. It is a more economical, environmentally conscious solution for every type of industry.

More Benefits of the Design Build Process

We are often asked what the advantages of design-build are when compared to the conventional system of architect and general contractor. Here are a few of our favorite reasons to choose a design-built system.

• If you choose a design-build firm, you are sticking with them throughout the whole process. You aren’t dealing with multiple entities, which ensures a higher efficiency and a better final product.

• We are experts in both the design and building processes. This means that you will get a cleaner, more efficient product from start to finish. This means better quality and no headaches for our customers.

• More involvement from you, which means the final product will be what you envision! By making yourself a part of the process you take away the pain of finding out the final product wasn’t at all what you pictured in your head.

The Design-Build Process Explained

At first glance, the design-build method may not look too different from design-bid-build. Our method starts off similar to the traditional method of construction by completing the preliminary drawings. This however is where things begin to divulge from the traditional process of design-bid-build.

At this point in the process, you are informed of the cost of the project. Unlike the traditional method where you do not get a bid until after directly before the construction process begins. This is a more efficient method of the building process, and we feel that keeping you as informed as possible is the best way to complete a project; after all, this is all for you.


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