APG

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architectural projects group

Graphical Document Standard

The projects we undertake are always based on a relationship that develops between us and our clients, and this requires communication. Our system of documentation allows us to exchange vital information with other collaborators rapidly and efficiently. The result is that we identify issues before they become problems, keeping the job on schedule.

Almost no set of architectural prints contains all of the details needed to completely build a job. Rather, they are an excellent guideline for contractors to follow and clarify where needed. Moreover, there are inevitably changes to the scope or overall responsibilities each subcontractor undertakes. To help keep track of important questions, new information, and the financial impact of changes, we have developed a Graphical Document Standard. This consists of a series of forms which include drawings or even photos along with text to make the point of each document clear and concise.

Take a quick look at our gallery of forms. They take the guesswork out of getting the millworker, G.C., design professional and client on the same page. When we need to ask for clarification we use a Graphical Request For Information. If we've worked out a problem and want to present the solution we can do this with our Sketch Form. The Change Order form we've created also uses graphics to help show what the changes are and their impact on other job collaborators. Even our initial estimate for a job is graphical because it employs Scope Sheets which show visually what our contract entails. This guarantees that during bid reviews a client can see that we've picked up on all of the scope.

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