10 Tips to Reduce the Cost of Your British Columbia Building Project – Tip One: The Value of the Right Team

The value of using the right Architect, Engineering Consultants and Contractor:

Architects have the experience, education, and vision to help you obtain best value for your investment while also making the construction process as easy as possible. No matter what kind of project you have in mind, it is highly advisable that you meet with an Architect who is a registered member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia before you begin the design process. They can help you define the actual scope of your project and assemble the best project team who will focus on practical solutions to your unique challenges. Working with the right team will also offer something more… they will all share a dedication to creating successful communities, work places and homes.

Know When You Need an Architect & Engineers: 

In general British Columbia law requires that an Architect registered with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia be retained on all building projects except for simple Part 9 structures such as small homes and additions. Similarly, Engineering services are required to be provided by an Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia on most projects except for simple Part 9 structures. You should check with the municipality for the latest requirements before starting work on a Part 9 Building project. Some municipalities may require the engagement of engineers on all projects.

Due diligence when hiring an Architect, and the Engineering Consultants:

There are numerous traits to look for when assembling your team of project professionals. Ask your family, friends and colleagues whether they can recommend an Architect or Engineer. Referrals are a very good starting point. You can also check the AIBC website for a listing of local architects. Once you have narrowed down your list of contenders it’s a good idea to meet with them to discuss your project. This will allow you to understand their areas of expertise, methodologies and design styles. Lastly, if your project scope is well defined it is a good idea to get two or three fee proposals to make sure that proposed fees are in line with industry norms. If, on the other hand, you do not have the scope of work fully defined, or you don’t fully understand what can be built within your budget, it may be necessary to retain an Architect to help define these factors.


Coming up:

Tip Two: Require Firm Fees and Pricing;  Tip Three: Get it In Writing;  Tip Four: Allow Time to Plan it Thoroughly;  Tip Five: Design Efficiently;  Tip Six: Regularly Review and Approve all Work;  Tip Seven: Be Covered;  Tip Eight: Understand Product Warranties;  Tip Nine: Enforce Your Rights During the Process;  Tip Ten: Take Advantage of Available Incentives



BC Building Code

The Architects Act

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Office Building at 70 Brompton Road in London UK. I was involved in the design and documentation of this building while working at Zeidler Partnership Architects

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