Schematic Design Documents generally consist of simple floor plans that show the room areas and functions of the building. A rough site plan and building elevations are often included in the Schematic Design Documents. In general, the engineering systems are not developed, so these elements are priced using a generalized square-foot method of estimating.
During the Schematic Design phase, the Architect or Designer may present several different options or schemes to solve the design issues unique to the project. Timely cost information is critical to keep the design process moving.
Sample C is an estimate for a Forest Preserve District Cultural Center that will host weddings, banquets, seminars, and other District events. The project consisted of a new 11,400-square-foot banquet/reception hall and the renovation of the existing 7,100-squre-foot building that housed the kitchen and meeting rooms. This project was LEED-certified, with a geothermal HVAC system and solar panel wall system. STR Consulting LLC completed this estimate as a consultant to the Construction Manager.
Sample D is an estimate for the removal and replacement of an exterior ADA ramp and stairway at a state university. The university requested several design options.
Option 1B is for the replacement of steel ramp and stair structure with a similar structure.
Option 2 is for the replacement of the existing steel structural with a concrete structure to enhance the appearance of the building entry. In Option 3, the ADA ramp has been shortened by 40 feet.