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Allen+Pepa Architects provides a full range architectural services including master planning, facilities analysis, adaptive reuse of existing buildings, new construction, interiors, and construction management of our own projects.

A typical project would involve the following:

Programming and Pre-design Services:  Our architects define the client and end user’s needs in written and graphic form, including definition of all spaces, adjacencies and utilitarian requirements. Zoning and site parameters are also solidified during this phase.

Schematic Design: Through multiple design cycles, we generate a detailed design of the proposed project which includes all of the space delineated, the exterior design and elevations worked out and all engineering systems blocked out. An initial construction estimate can be done near the conclusion of this phase. If the project is not on budget, we’re not out of Schematic Design

Design Development: The architects coordinate all site and construction systems with the assistance of civil, structural mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) Engineers. A systems analysis report and/or updated drawings are done. Energy conservation parameters of the building and MEP system  parameters are also summarized.  With this specific systems information, a detailed cost estimate is done to conclude this phase.

Construction Documents: Architects and engineering consultants create the definitive ‘blueprints’ for bidding, permit and construction.  A contract is written with the contractor as defined by these drawings.

Bidding / Negotiation: The architects can facilitate the competitive bidding process with some simple processes to assure the lowest responsible bid. An introductory contractor meeting, addenda and a definitive process help to assure that the bidding process will not be challenged upon completion and that the contracts will be done correctly.  Permits are often obtained during this same time.  By the end of this phase, the final construction contract drawings will be in provided.

Construction Administration: Our architects support the contractor’s efforts by approving shop drawings and observing the construction in the field.  Payment application review and final punch-lists follow to close out the project.  These risk management services enhance communications and greatly help to facilitate the work.

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Service Work/Repairs
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School / College / University
Hotel / Motel
Industrial Maintenance
Manufacturing Plant
City / Town Hall
Pre-Manufactured Structures
Parking Garage
Museum
Club House / Community Center
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Storage Facility / Warehouse
Grocery Stores
Assisted Living
Single Family Residential
Design Build
Tennis Court
Non-Residential Building
Animal Hospital / Kennel
Medical Office
Government

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Associations & Memberships

Member of AIA (American Institute of Architects) AIA (American Institute of Architects)
Member of Aurora Chamber of Commerce Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Member of Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
Member of ICC (International Code Council) ICC (International Code Council)
Member of NCARB (National Council Of Architectural Registration Boards) NCARB (National Council Of Architectural Registration Boards)
Member of St. Charles Chamber of Commerce St. Charles Chamber of Commerce
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