Seeking an Architect / Design firm with extensive school / preschool experience


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Hi there,

 

We are in the process of building a child learning center that will include a 50 student inclusive preschool as well as individual and small group therapy rooms for providing speech, occupational and applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. Our Center will be designed to meet the needs of all students with a focus on the behavioral and communication support needed for kids with autism and other related needs. We are located in the San Francisco Bay Area and the first center will most likely be in the East Bay. A local firm is not a requirement as we are comfortable working remotely. We would like someone with extensive school and preferably preschool experience, someone who is passionate about creating an inclusive setting, and someone to help us make our vision a reality. We plan to open more centers and our long term goal is to find an architect/design partner to team up with on each project. We currently have an LOI in on a space that will require some interior design and construction (floor plan, walls, student bathroom) and exterior design and construction (pathway from interior to exterior space, adjusting the size of the parking lot, creating the outdoor play space).

 

Please let me know if this is of interest to you and if so, include your website and relevant portfolio in your response.

 

Thanks,

 

Tanya

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Tanya, 

You should be aware that unless the project is completely non-structural, you are almost certainly looking for a registered design professional for this occupancy group.  http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/pubs/building_design_auth.pdf

So, regardless of your comfort level in working remotely, an unlicensed designer won't be able to submit drawings for a permit. (And legally, should not even be designing it.) Even a licensed architecture firm not licensed in California would have a problem. (Again, unless your project is completely non-structural.) You are probably looking for a firm more like: http://architecture4e.com/ (Disclaimer: I know nothing about them. This was just a quick Google search.)

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3 hours ago, Richard_Morrison said:

Tanya, 

You should be aware that unless the project is completely non-structural, you are almost certainly looking for a registered design professional for this occupancy group.  http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/pubs/building_design_auth.pdf

So, regardless of your comfort level in working remotely, an unlicensed designer won't be able to submit drawings for a permit. (And legally, should not even be designing it.) Even a licensed architecture firm not licensed in California would have a problem. (Again, unless your project is completely non-structural.) You are probably looking for a firm more like: http://architecture4e.com/ (Disclaimer: I know nothing about them. This was just a quick Google search.)

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