Good design is critical as it will impact the projects lead times, safety and costs of a construction project. If your project is lacking design guidance, it is a wise move to hire a design consultant. Here are the key areas to look into when selecting a design consultant for your project.
Firm’s approach to the project – It is important that the firm’s approach to the project’s design is clear and that this is communicated to a design consultant. When the vision of the firm is communicated to the design consultant, the result will be a project that meets its expectations.
Experience – Look at hiring a design consultant who has experience designing similar projects such as yours. Ask for references and look for at least five projects that match your requirements.
Team – Design consultants will almost never work with the company’s design team and will often have a team of architects that work as a team. Ask for references from these individuals as well and arrange a meeting to ask questions and clarify areas of concern.
Proposed sub-consultants – Design firms will also work with sub-consultants that advise on areas like structure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection. Ask for the names of the sub-consulting firms and look into what they have previously designed.
Litigation on design issues – Look for litigation issues against the design consulting. These details will give you an idea of the consulting firm’s areas of weakness.