Operating Your Own Architectural or Engineering Practice: Concise Professional Advice

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iUniverse, Feb 24, 2012 - Architecture - 192 pages
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Starting your own architecture or engineering firm may seem a bit daunting. In Operating Your Own Architectural or Engineering Practice, author Walter J. Smith presents a handbook to help you navigate that process in order to be successful in the long term.

Based on information gleaned from creating and running his own firm, Smith details what it takes to plan, organize, staff, direct, and control a business. Filled with valuable tips and advice, this guide also contains a host of sample forms and documents integral to establishing and maintaining a thriving practice.

Praise for Operating Your Own Architectural or Engineering Practice

“An invaluable resource for a young professional wanting to start his/her own practice. From his years of experience in the profession, Mr. Smith provides insight on planning, financing, and managing relationships with staff and consultants—topics untouched in today’s typical academic environment. Knowing on ‘day one’ what is really involved in the intricacies and mechanics of running a business will increase your potential for success.”

—Kelly Wieczorek, intern, Bay Design Associates Architects, PL

“What started out as a ‘pocket guide’ for architects and engineers actually turned into a handbook for all disciplines in the building process. Contractors, owners, consultants, and financial professionals will receive great insights from reading this book.”

—Myron Mickelson, president of Mickelson Construction Services Inc.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1Resources and Security
9
Chapter 2Business Organization
22
Chapter 3Contracts
46
Chapter 4Consultants
56
Chapter 5Construction Document Phase
63
Chapter 6Bidding and Award Phase
78
Chapter 7Construction Phase
100
Figure 7 Sample Addendum Format
137
Figure 8 Sample Drawing Change Format
138
Figure 9 Sample Bid Tabulation Form
139
Figure 10 Sample Preconstruction Conference Form
140
Figure 11 Sample Shop Drawing Review Stamp
143
Figure 12 Sample Observed Site Safety Condition Report
144
Figure 13 Sample Punch List Format
145
Figure 14 ArchitectsEngineers Certificate of Substantial Completion
146

Chapter 8Postconstruction Phase
126
Figure 1 Sample Project Data Sheet
131
Figure 2 Sample Time Sheet
132
Figure 3 Sample Expense Report
133
Figure 4 Sample Mileage Report
134
Figure 5 Sample Transmittal Form
135
Figure 6 Sample Bidders List Form
136
Appendix ASample Employee Data Sheet
147
Appendix BSample Contract for Limited Architectural or Engineering Services
153
Appendix CSample Consulting Engineer Contract
163
Appendix DTypically Used American Institute of Architects Contracts and Forms
174
Appendix EStandard Federal Form SF 330
176
About the Author
179
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