Architecture - "Architecture should be less about buildings and more about the people that occupy them" - Thomas J. Kapels, AIA, ASLA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate
Architecture is a social art in the creation of human interaction with the built environment while meeting the basic functional requirements of the user. In the creation of the built environment of which no one is immune from experiencing, our obligation is to the society and greater community. This extends past the traditional role of public health, safety, and welfare in the design of buildings, but includes the forming of spaces that promote interaction, self-identity, and community.
The practice of architecture is not solely public. It is a professional service industry which must satisfy our obligations to individual clients. Therefore, we strive to fully address the pragmattic challenges of cost control, quality, and schedule that are real to every project and client.
Landscape Architecture - "The first impression of every building is experienced through the site" - Thomas J. Kapels, AIA, ASLA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate
Our belief is that the building and the site are really one and the same, that the two are inherently connected and cannot be seperated. One's experience of the built environment does not end nor begin at the building envelope. Sometimes the strongest expressions of our culture and who we are as a people is not a built element but a place, such as the National Mall in Washington D.C. or the Battlefield of Gettysburg. It is for this reason that landscape architecture is an integral part of our practice and design philosophy.
Interior Design - "A building is nothing but a shell, it is what happens on the interior that defines it" - Thomas J. Kapels, AIA, ASLA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate
Americans spend on average 90% of their time indoors. We construct buildings that create indoor spaces. The fundamental purpose of why buildings exist is to create interior spaces as shelter from the outdoors. No one can dispute the importance of interior spaces and the influence they exert on our lives which is why interior design should be no less valued. Building interiors is where we live, work, worship, play, socialize, entertain, heal, educate, and just about everything else in our lives. The role interior design has is to enhance a space to better perform its purpose.
- Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection (AT/FP) Design
- Building Envelope Review
- Comprehensive Interior Design (CID) Preparation
- Daylighting Simulation
- Request For Proposal (RFP) Development
- Design Quality Control Review
- Fixture, Furnishing, & Equipment (FF&E) Preparation
- LEED Certification Navigation
- Project Planning / Programming
- Secure Compartment Information Facility (SCIF) Design
- Specs-Intact (UFGS) Preparation
- Structural Interior Design (SID) Preparation
- Sustainable Design