Sustainable design has been part of our practice for four decades. Whenever possible, we we apply these principles during the design process.
Our LEED Accredited Architects: Apply a range of sustainable design strategies to develop landscape, site, and building designs that harmonize with your overall goals while maximizing the beauty of the project site.
Architectural services are a specialty, a mix of art and science. It isn’t easy to select the right architect, one who is qualified, knowledgeable, and creative enough to handle your project, including any challenges that may arise. PWArchitects, Inc. makes the search easier by offering you the right combination of professional reputation, variety of project experience, staff, architectural services, and more. The key to the success of each project: Interactive collaboration with clients and project stakeholders. The results of this process: Memorable, distinctive spaces, which become the heart of the communities they serve.
“At the heart of every successful project is a strong relationship between the client and the design team built with clear communication between all parties.”
The PWA team begins a project by meeting with the clients, consultants, and other stakeholders to lay the groundwork for the project, determine how we will communicate with each other and how decisions will be made. Meetings focus on operational goals and objectives, tasks to be completed, budgetary concerns, the schedule, and any other potential issues, concerns, and priorities. These meetings are critical to establishing goals and direction for the project. Key team members will participate with you in this process to initiate a strong beginning to the planning and design process.
During this phase of a project, we consult with the owners and other project stakeholders to confirm their goals and determine the project’s space requirements. From these discussions, the project team develops design plans, sketches, models, a general project description, and a preliminary cost estimate. Deliverables may include a site plan, floor plan(s), sections, elevations, renderings, and/or models. Additionally, we research zoning requirements or restrictions that may affect the project.
During the Design Development phase, the project requirements from Schematic Design are refined. Engineering needs and building materials are defined, documents are prepared and presented to the Owner, and an equipment schedule is prepared. The level of detail is determined by the client and the project requirements. Drawings typically include door and window details and outline material specifications. Deliverable often include floor plans, sections, elevations with full dimensions.
Once a consensus is reached about the documents produced during Design Development, the project team proceeds to the Construction Documents phase of the project. During this phase the project team irons out major details and conditions including mechanical, electrical, structural, and civil systems, architectural drawings, and specifications for all systems, equipment drawings. At this point, the Project Manager produces an updated cost estimate. Construction documents are submitted to the governing authorities for review and comment. The deliverable for this phase of the project is a set of drawings and specifications that include all pertinent information required for contractors to price and build the project.
This phase of the project includes the preparation of bid documents that will go out to potential contractors for pricing. The bid document set often includes an advertisement for bids, instructions to bidders, a bid form, bid documents, the owner-contractor agreement, labor and material payment bond, and any other sections necessary for successful bidding. Responsibilities during this phase may include conducting a pre-bid conference, drafting proposals, distributing plans, drafting addenda, answering contractors questions, performing the bid opening, and preparing construction contracts.
Construction Phase Services
Contract Administration (CA) services are rendered at the owner’s discretion. Responsibilities may include performing architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical contract administration, answering contractors’ questions, submitting drawings and clarifications, approving submittals, selecting color choices, issuing change orders, and performing a final inspection.
The planning and design process of any facility involves many factors that require consideration. During planning meetings, which are a part of our team’s design collaborative process, many solutions are discussed, some discarded, and others kept. This discovery process ultimately leads to a greater understanding of an organization’s needs and objectives, which is the solid foundation upon which facilities are built.
Typically during this process, we develop plans, charts, graphs, and estimates that help clients make educated decisions about anticipated facility needs.
We can use interactive CDs, study and detailed models, a website, and 3-D computer-generated fly-through models to gain the backing and support of stakeholders.
Additionally, presentations are a way for the team to inform clients and other stakeholders of the project’s progress and resolve any pending issues.
These communication tools give the team an opportunity to educate interested parties about the issues associated with the project and obtain feedback. Decisions are verified. Adversity is diminished. The nuances of organizational issues are learned, and the planning and design process is expedited.
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Interior design services at PWA include space planning, color and material selection, surface treatments, energy consulting, and space renovation.
Additional Services Offered:
Contract Management “total package” where PWA will oversee the design, construction, and installation of the entire project;
Coordination of consultants for furniture selection and lighting design.
Design Consultation, where PWA will provide space planning and design expertise at an hourly rate. We have designed a variety of commercial, institutional, and residential interiors to increase efficiency and productivity and to simply provide a more pleasing environment.
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Landscape design is a vital and often overlooked part of any project. At PWA, we strive to create inspired spaces that harmonize with a building’s style, structure, and purpose. There are a number of professional services we can provide to help us accomplish the overall goals of our clients, but some examples of project types include:
Site and/or campus master planning and design
Sustainable design that may include native planting and stormwater management techniques such as rain gardens and treatment wetlands.
Parks, botanical gardens, greenways, and nature preserves
Recreation facilities; i.e. playgrounds, and sports facilities
Housing areas and commercial developments
Urban design, town and city squares, pedestrian schemes, and parking lots
Nature Center Campuses and historical landscapes conservation
Environmental assessment and landscape assessment and planning advice.
Ecological Design any aspect of design that minimizes environmentally destructive impacts by integrating itself with natural processes and sustainability
PWA offers the following landscape design services:
Contract Management “total package” where PWA oversees the design, construction, and installation of the entire project;
Coordination of the plant selection and design.
Design Consultation, where PWA provides landscape planning and design expertise at an hourly rate.
For over forty-two years the architects at PWA have practiced sustainable architecture. Our team works with and supports the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED®(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Green Building” rating systemTM. LEED is a voluntary program that helps to benchmark the performance of environmental architecture. Our LEED accredited architects can apply a broad range of sustainable design strategies to increase the value, productivity, and efficiency of buildings while reducing the environmental impact of architecture through design.
What makes a building sustainable?
A sustainable building, also known as a “green” building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; improving employee productivity; using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact on the environment.
Eco Schoolhouse at Grant Elementary School, Columbia, Missouri (LEED Gold Certiﬁcation)
Fire Station No. 9 (LEED Gold Certiﬁcation), City of Columbia, Missouri
Fire Station No. 7 (LEED Silver Certiﬁcation), City of Columbia, Missouri
Columbia City Hall Phase One: LEED Construction Coordinator
Fort Leonard Wood Chapel: LEED Construction Coordinator
Missouri Department of Conservation North East Region Education and Service Center LEED Design Consulting
Waste Management Program for Boone County Government Center
Why Choose PWA
We are project leaders with strong time management and communication skills.
With over 41+ years of experience managing the building delivery process, we have the expertise and practical knowledge of sustainable strategies and their implementation throughout building design and construction.
We understand the LEED rating systemTM and the most efﬁcient path to certiﬁcation.
Management of Certiﬁcation Documentation
Set up a system of management for the LEED requirements
Review and consult on templates and calculators included in the documentation
Review architectural, mechanical and electrical plans and speciﬁcations, LEED calculations and project submittals
Provide analysis on possible Innovation Credits
Monitor sub-contractors paperwork to assure the proper implementation of LEED credits and their documentation
Conduct site inspections
Provide photographic documentation
Attend LEED action and progress meetings
Prepare LEED progress reports
Prepare and/or review general submittal documentation for USGBC ofﬁcial LEED Certiﬁcation
Projects Integrating LEED standards
Butterﬁeld Youth Services South & West Houses, Marshall, Missouri
Regional Ofﬁ ces for the Missouri Department of Conservation, Columbia, Missouri
Cape Girardeau Conservation Campus Nature Center for the Missouri Department of Conservation
Remington Nature Center for the City of St. Joseph, Missouri
Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church Ofﬁce, Columbia, Missouri
Missouri Credit Union Branches, Columbia and Jefferson City