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LMG Makes Commercial Architecture a Breeze

If you own a business and are thinking about expanding to a new location or renovating your current space, then you know how overwhelming it can feel to even begin the planning phase of your project. Whether you have ideas but aren’t sure how to formulate them, have secured an existing building and need design input, or even have certain pieces nailed down but need help managing the process, LMG can take the burden off your shoulders.

Our experience speaks for itself—if you explore our work, you’ll see that it runs the gamut. We have worked on new and old, small and large, local and national – everything from retail to restaurant to office to industrial projects. But what really drives us is the heart we have for small businesses just like us who may never have worked with an architect. We will go above and beyond to simplify the process, no matter which phase you’re in, and make architecture much less intimidating.

What We Do

Our Commercial Architecture Capabilities

Whether you want a team to manage the entire project from start to finish, or you just need some ideas to get the juices flowing, LMG has you covered. We’re equipped to handle:

  • New Construction
  • Renovations and Additions
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Site & Master Planning
  • Interior Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Space Planning / Programming
  • Life-safety or Accessibility Analysis
  • Energy Code Analysis
  • Area Calculations
  • Lease Outline Drawings / Test Fits
  • Parking Studies
  • Zoning Ordinance Research
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Color Renderings
  • Facade Concept Studies
  • Facility Surveys
  • As-built Documentation
  • Monument, Pylon, & Building Signage Design
  • Tenant-related Coordination & Document Review
  • LEED / Energy Star Certification
Our Commercial Architecture Process

What It’s Like to Work with LMG

Keep in mind, this is what our process looks like from start to finish. We understand if you don’t need each phase of this process or if your project requires us to dig a little deeper in certain areas. We’re flexible and can accommodate your unique needs!

1. Free Consultation

Once you reach out to us for more information, we’ll schedule an initial site visit, meeting, or phone call at no charge.

During this meeting, we’ll gather information about the scope of work you have in mind so that we may either write a proposal or point you in the direction of other project resources you may need before starting.

2. Draft & Review Proposal

After we meet to discuss your project, we take all the information we’ve gathered back to our office to draft a proposal for you.

We pride ourselves in turning things around quickly, so you can expect a proposal within a week of our initial meeting. At this point, the scope will be finalized and all costs laid out to you. You’ll have the chance to ask us any and all questions about the project.

3. Planning & Pre-Design

Once the proposal is finalized, we ask for a survey of the project site to help start our planning efforts.

This includes researching zoning regulations, thinking through preliminary site issues, working out options on parking and building placement, and coordinating our findings with the Owner’s Civil Engineer. We may also go back to the site to measure as-built conditions.

4. Concept Design & Approval

For renovations and upfits, we take the as-built plans and draw them using Revit, our 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) software.

We also use Revit along with hand sketches to develop a concept for the new design. Then we deliver a preliminary design in three dimensions – even ideas on colors and finishes. We then review the concept design with you, make edits as necessary, and get your approval to move forward.

5. Engineering & Consulting

If your project requires any outside consulting, we link up with engineers and other specialists, bring them up to speed on your project’s status, and coordinate with them to incorporate their disciplines into the design.

We will relay communications throughout the project to ensure that any code constraints are addressed and that all Owner requirements are met.

6. Permitting

We gather all necessary documents for permitting and help you to get them submitted to your project’s jurisdiction. We then respond to plan review comments if needed.

Depending on the project location, we may also need to assist with approvals from other public or private entities. Once the project has been approved, we help to get the latest drawings in the hands of all project stakeholders.

7. Contractor Selection & Build

Once a building permit is received, we can help you choose a contractor relevant to your project type, scale and budget.

We can recommend builders, qualify bidders, and help you compile and interpret bids. Then, once construction has begun, we maintain communication with the builder to make sure the project is running smoothly.

8. Final Touches & Celebrate!

We can help you finalize your selection of colors and finishes to make sure your space is the ultimate reflection of you.

And at the end of a project, we always try to celebrate with the owners if we can. Cheers to a smooth project and a job well done!
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