THE ARCHITECT’S ROLE

If you’ve hired an architect to oversee construction, you may think that you can rest assured that the architect will keep a close eye on the contractor and protect you from any construction defects. This is true to a limited extent, but does not let you off the hook.

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Often the architect will recommended contractors whom he knows and trusts and, assuming you have hired one of these, any differences of opinion over construction details will probably be worked out amicably between the architect and contractor.

If you hire a contractor unknown to the architect, how well the two parties will work together remains to be seen.

In either case, however, the architect is typically not legally responsible for construction defects or for preventing them. He or she is primarily an advisor to you the owner. If the architect reports to you that there are defects or deficiencies in the work, get his or her report in writing with as much documentation as you can. The responsibility is still on you to take action if there are serious problems with the work.

On the basis of the site visits, the Architect will keep the Owner reasonably informed about the progress and

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quality of the portion of the Work completed, and report to the Owner (1) known deviations from the Contract Documents and from the most recent construction schedule submitted by the Contractor, and (2) defects and deficiencies observed in the Work. The Architect will not be responsible for the Contractor’s failure to perform the Work in accordance with the requirements of the Contract Documents. The Architect will not have control over or charge of and will not be responsible for acts or omissions of the Contractor, Subcontractors, or their agents or employees, or any other persons or entities performing portions of the Work. For best designing and planning of your project contact best Architects in your town

Selecting an Architect

The employment of an architect by a board of health care is one of the most important responsibilities the board exercises in the development of hospital planning. Steps to be followed in selecting an architect, according to the publication. Tamus      (2007) are:

   ‘‘1.     Facilities planning and Construction will develop a Request for Qualification

                (RFQ) which will describe the project, requirements for a response to the RFQ and evaluation criteria. The RFQ will be advertised on the Electronic State Business Daily.

  1. Each team response to the RFQ will be required to present its qualifications and design approach for evaluation by the Selection Committee.

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  2. The Selection Committee members’ rankings are submitted to the Managing

               Director of Facilities planning and Construction for tabulation and determination of the Selection Committee’s recommended order of ranking.

  1. The Managing Director then submits the ranked order along with an evaluation of the top three to five respondents and a description of the project to the Chancellor for approval and to the Board of Regents giving a seven (7) day notice to the Board to give exception to the ranked order. ’’

According to A Project Planning Guide for Planning Healthcare Facility owner (2007), the four processes for selecting an architect are design competition, direct appointment, comparative selection, and competitive bidding. Design competitions are time consuming, expensive, and rarely used for selecting an architect for healthcare facilities. Direct appointment is the simplest of the process. It most often occurs when prior knowledge of the architect’s work is known to the board and /or superintendent through previous projects. Comparative selection involves choosing from a group of candidates who have submitted to the owner information and materials concerning their qualification.

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Why and how an Architect’s advise is benifited in buying a plot …Check list

LAND BUYING CHECKLIST

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Use this general checklist when evaluating a piece of land. A quick run through the checklist may remind you of questions to ask the seller, real estate agent, lawyer, title company, town officials, or outside experts, if necessary. It will also help you remember budget items that are often left out.  See also  questions to ask  and our budgeting guide for more details.

LEGAL CONCERNS

  • Is the lot buildable?
  • Has the site passed a perc test that is still valid (some expire in 2-3 years)? Is it suitable for a conventional septic system, or for an expensive alternative system?
  • Are the boundaries clearly and accurately marked ?
  • Can the seller provide clear title for the property?
  • Is it zoned for the type and size of house you are planning?
  • Where can you build on the site? Does the proposed house plan violate any rules: setbacks, zoning, septic limitations, rights-of-way, covenants, wetlands, or other regulations?
  • Is there legal access by road or right-of-way? Who maintains the road?
  • Is there adequate road frontage to build?
  • Are there any liens, rights-of-way, easements, covenants, or other deed restrictions or encroachments on the property?
  • Are there building restrictions due to wetlands, water frontage,  steep slopes,  historical or cultural sites, or other local, state, or federal regulations?
  • Was the land formerly used to store old vehicles, farm chemical, industrial chemicals, or other toxins that you will need to clean up?
  • Does all or part of the lot lie in a floodplain?
  • Is there sufficient potable water?
  • Will you own the water and mineral rights?
  • Are there any endangered or protected species on the property?

CONSTRUCTION ISSUES

  • Is there adequate access for construction equipment?
  • Are there problem soils, including expansive clay, un-compacted fill, or ledge that may require blasting.
  • Is the area prone to high radon readings?
  • Is there a high seasonal water table, seasonal streams, or low-lying areas subject to flooding?
  • Are there steep slopes or unstable land that requires special engineered foundations.
  • Will large areas of cut and fill be required to level the land?
  • Are there areas subject to erosion that will need stabilization?

DESIGN ISSUES

  • Is the land flat or sloping
  • Wooded or open
  • Shaded or sunny
  • Solar exposure
  • Wind exposure/buffering

MAIN COST FACTORS

  • Cost of land acquisition
  • Legal fees: title search, title insurance, and other closing costs. Also may include variance applications, challenges from abutters, right of way issues, etc
  • Survey
  • Water and sewer connection fees  (for municipal systems) – may cost hundreds to several thousand dollars
  • Connection fees for other utilities: phone, electric, cable, gas,
  • Septic system (for rural sites): perc testing, system design, and  installation
  • Well installation: including drilling, pump, plumbing to house,  pressure tank, and water treatment, if needed
  • Land clearing
  • Excavation, cut and fill,  and final grading
  • Landscaping
  • Road/driveway  construction
  • Permits and fees: well, septic, building, driveway, variances, other
  • Impact fees: often cost thousands of dollars. varies by state and municipality. Also called development fees, mitigation fees, service availability charges, facility fees, and other creative names.

ALSO THINK ABOUT

  • Are there nearby nuisances such as unwanted noises, smells, or hazards: farmers’ silage, hunters, snowmobile trails, a firing range, or blasting at quarry just beyond the trees?
  • Find out who your neighbors are and whether their lifestyle (collecting dead pickup trucks, e.g.) are compatible with yours
  • Have any neighbors been granted a special exception or zoning variance and what for use –a pig farm perhaps?
  • What school district?
  • Distance to work, shopping, restaurants, etc.?
  • Property taxes
  • Fire protection – what is available in rural areas
  • Future development nearby: houses, commercial development, roads, highways
  • Insurance rates – may be higher near water, in flood plain,  in high-wind zones, or far away from a water source or pressurized hydrant for fire protection.

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Today small sectional sofas sofas are very popular. This type of furniture for living room is very practical. Sectionals gained their popularity due to the fantastic variety of sizes, designs and materials. Some of them are multi-sectional units giving you additional space

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