M-Rad Architecture
 

Predesign

At M-Rad our goal is to extend the scope of the traditional architecture model by creating a unique value for our current and prospective clients. Our key advantage over the typical architect first occurs in Pre-Design or Pre-Development. This process is where we lay the groundwork for what potential the full scope of a project has. We look at things like where it's located, what programing will have the most impact and which partners should be involved to bring the project to life. These early decisions are the cornerstones to great developments.

 
 
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sourcing & creation

There are two aspects to sourcing and creation that we specialize in here at M-Rad. The first and more straightforward approach is being given access to a site by our clients who hire us to develop them. The second more outside the box route is locating potential properties internally and creating development packages for them. For both of these methods we use our understanding of the surrounding urban, social and economic environments to create spaces that will have the most positive impact possible on the areas that they are built in.

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zoning analysis

Our intimate knowledge of city regulations and international code allows us to swiftly and efficiently navigate complex government agencies.  M-Rad’s authority with multiple cities in a multitude of countries gives us the ability to fully realize conceptual ideas and deliver projects that are beyond the ordinary.

 
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positioning

By analyzing the global context of a brand or project we can create competitive advantages for companies. We do this by looking at data and/or evaluating a specific site and its environmental advantages and weaknesses. As architects and creative thinkers, we establish very clear relationships between our designs, the brand and the development potential in both of those entities. By doing so we achieve a powerful synthesis of branding, architecture and design.  

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development assessment

Examining and evaluating multiple variations and configurations in type, size and content, drives the creation of a  project that will ensure a maximum return on investment. In understanding the desires of the client and the perceived limitations of the site, we are able to provide a number of thoughtful outcomes.

 
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massing concept

We begin by creating a structure within the parameters dictated by the constraints of the envisioned building and its physical location. We do this by negotiating the requirements of the open space, while ultimately understanding the programming that will be encompassed in the completed project. Our goal lies in the development of both urban and neighborhood communities that will respond to the scale and context of what is being added within the environment.

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feasibility

Before we move forward with a proposal, M-Rad will identify potential risks and highlight necessary agencies and/or resources that may be beneficial in understanding any hurdles associated with a project. We provide market data, assessments and research current trends and demands that may have an impact either negatively or positively on a project. This stage is where we lay out potential risks and weigh those risks against potential benefit so that we can work with our clients to clearly understand the realistic success rate of a project. We offer feasibility studies for free to our current clients and also at a discounted rate or as a trade for an equity stake in projects with new clients.

 
 

Schematic Design

Once we begin the design process, we define the general scope and conceptual design of the project as a whole. This includes aspects like the total scale and the relationships between building components.

 
 
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concept modeling

 

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3d modeling

 

 
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programming

 

 
 
 
 

Design Development

A stage subsequent to schematic design where decisions are worked out in greater detail. This process is meant to create a clear and coordinated description of all aspects of the design including Architectural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Fire Protection Systems, providing a basis for the preparation of construction documents. The Construction Manager assists the Owner and architect in determining potential cost savings, energy efficiency, and build improvements. At the end of the design development phase the architect will provide the client with to-scale drafted drawings that will illustrate the project as it would look upon completion. These drawings will define the site plans, floor plans and exterior elevations in detail. It is important that the client provide input to the architect at this time as the design development drawings are used as the basis for the construction drawings and preliminary cost estimates in building a commercial or residential project.

 
 
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code compliance

 

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material research

 

 
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engineer coordination

 

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consultant coordination

 

 
 
 

Construction Documents

These are the documents that set forth the detailed requirements for the construction of a building project. They consist of both drawings and specifications. Drawings are the illustrative component of construction documents, whereas Specifications are written requirements pertaining to building materials, equipment, and construction systems that outline the standards to be met in the construction of a project. When the construction drawings are complete the client will have sufficient information to secure contractor bids and obtain the required permits. Construction drawings are essential if the client hopes to have the contractor build the project as it has been conceived by the owner and architect.

 
 
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building information modeling

 

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construction detailing

 

 
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specification

 

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general contractor coordination

 

 
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fabrication detailing

 

 
 
 

Contract Administration

A process wherein the Construction Manager, working in tandem with the architect, acts as an agent of the owner, overseeing construction to ensure the conformity of the construction drawings, specifications, and standards.

 
 

Bidding & negotiation

 

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construction oversight

 

 
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site inspection

 

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shop drawing review & approval

 

 
 
 

Branding & Marketing

Elevate the brand.

 
 
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signage & wayfinding

 

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furniture design

 

 
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virtual reality visualization

 

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web design

 

 
 
 

Building Lifecycle

We're not just responsible for the birth of the building; we're there for its entire life.

 
 
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building commissioning

 

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occupant comfort analysis

 

 
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unit buy back

 

 
 
 
 

Agency Coordination

We take the care to ensure that all of the Is are dotted, and the Ts are crossed.

 
 
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national code compliance

 

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state code compliance

 

 
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county regulations

 

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city regulations

 

 
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neighborhood regulatory agencies