Welcome to ASTORIA BUILDING DESIGN – Provider of Sustainable Building Design & Landscape Design services in United States ( U.S. ). We may also provide building design services in Canada and at our discretion other countries such as the United Kingdom ( U.K. ), and in several provinces and territories of Australia. We may also provide international Architectural services for clients seeking architectural design services for projects intended to be built in the following countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark (including Greenland).
Our services in building design is centrally focused on use of sustainable design practices in connection with the design of new buildings and design services associated with non-historic & historic existing buildings, as well as with the landscape. Learn more about sustainable building design go to our page on Sustainable Design Services.
- OUR SERVICES:
- Building Design Services (Depending on the State, Province, or Territory, building design services are services involving the design of buildings or the design of additions or alterations of buildings that are not required to be designed by or under the supervision of a licensed architect. These project types depends on specific states, Provinces, and territories.) To learn more about our building design services, go here. An Architect is not required, why hire an a building designer versus doing it yourself? Although a licensed is not required for a person to offer and building design services, however, most building designers have education and experience in designing buildings and often they specialize in the design of residential, agricultural, and light/small commercial buildings. DIY is risky and even can be lethally dangerous if you are not trained professionally or have professional experience. Building designers will serve you throughout the design process and work with you through various regulatory processes such as zoning, building codes, and other regulations and work to develop a solution. Building designers are professionals with educational training and experience especially in residential buildings but may also have experience with other types of buildings. At Astoria Building Design, LLC., we have building design experience spanning over a decade starting as a sole-proprietorship and becoming an LLC. in 2018. The Managing principal is the building designer and landscape designer who will work with you from initial consultation through out the design processes of our design (building, interior, and landscape) services and also if project requires, also provide historic preservation consultant related services. Optionally, we may also provide services throughout construction phase of a project such as construction observation and may serve as client’s authorized representative. At this time, we do not provide “construction services” which requires construction contractor license.
- LANDSCAPE DESIGN SERVICES: Our landscape design services maybe either separate or integrated together with our building design services. To learn more about our landscape design services, go here.
Astoria Building Design, LLC is based in Astoria, Oregon providing these above services as well as the following services:
- Historic Preservation Consultation services
- Interior Design & Tenant Improvement Services
As noted, services may be separate or integrated together. Most new construction design services by us will involve integration of landscape design services for a complete design plan. Services may also be done in phases depending on the requirements of the project after consultation with client about project requirements, budget, and determination of what can be done.
WHAT DOES YOUR SERVICES COST?
There is no one size fits all answer. In short, it depends on the project requirements and scope of services involved. Our fees are of two types of fees. One is the Guarantee Maximum Price fee with a base starting fee amount and will increase to the guaranteed maximum price for all work within the agreed contractual scope. The other is our Billed Hourly Rate fee which we will typically use for additional services (services outside the scope of services) and construction stage services. Our consultants are billed separately and may be billed monthly or otherwise independently of our fees accordingly. Client would be expected to pay them directly for expedience. One way or another, you’ll be paying them as their cost would be additional to our services.
Our Billed Hourly Rate is typically going to fall around $80 to $160 per sq.ft. but this may vary. The calculations on this is more involved in determination from cost of operating as a business, direct labor rate, etc. We may negotiate our prices to within reason for ourselves as a business. The total cost of service package will depend on project scope. All services begins with our Initial Consultation Service. Prospective clients will be expected to read, understand the terms (if necessary with their respective legal counsel) of the agreement and sign the contractual agreement (“Agreement for Initial Consultation for Services”). Per that contract, Initial Consultation is billed at a Billed Hourly Rate. Normal rates are at $160 an hour.
Our design services uses both the billed hourly rate using the Cost-Plus-Fee with Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) fee method with a starting base price with our caveats provisions in place for services beyond the scope of work outlined in contract which will be charged as additional services at our billed hourly rate.
Regarding our Cost-Plus-Fee with Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) with starting base fee amount:
Our Cost-Plus-Fee with Guaranteed Maximum Price (referred to as GMP below) fee with starting base fee amount is based on an estimated *range* of hours times our Billed Hourly Rate plus costs. We set a starting base fee amount as a guaranteed minimum amount but also setting a guaranteed maximum for the agreed scope of work. Work beyond or outside the scope of work agreed to in contract is billed additionally at our Billed Hourly Rate. Associated direct project costs aside from labor are invoiced such as the cost of the plans to print them, etc. Sometimes, it may be calculated into the fee but additional costs may be added.
For an example, with the GMP w/ starting base fee amount, on a given scope of work, we may estimate that the project’s scope may vary between 500 to 650 or so hours. So we have may make a floating fee starting at $160 times 500 hours with a GMP at the $160 x 650 hours. We may include a limited float beyond 650 hours like 700 hours then add any billed costs and that is our GMP. The GMP in this case may be at $160 x 700 hours plus billed costs. The fee is calculated when we determine the scope of work for the contract at the on set of our services.
NOTE: Cost-plus-Fee with GMP & starting base fee amount is for the design stage services from Pre-Design through Construction Documents/Submittal Document phase. Construction Stage services are billed by the hour or a daily fee based on 8 hour days flat rate daily fees. Change Orders are billed at Billed Hourly Rate. The GMP is not necessarily the maximum price of our services to the client. It is simply to set a cap at a certain price for work under a given set scope of work. However, if the scope of work changes, the work due to client changing the scope of services, then we charge additionally as “additional services” because the fee is based on an initial understanding under the contract term when we begin so we have provisions in our contract to override the GMP when the client decides to make drastic changes in their ideas especially late in the design phase so we aren’t stuck working hundreds of hours for free because the client makes major scope of work changes. We are a business, after all. Working free don’t pay the bills.
Some parts of our services are strictly hourly or by some price amount per unit of time such as some price amount per day. This depends on the project and per day is mostly for projects that are not local and require travel to perform.
NOTE: We are not just some drafting service and we are not the ‘cheapest’ but the adage…. you get what you paid for.
Before we meet for initial consultation, we do provide some questionnaire to field some initial information about your project. This is so we can get an idea about what your goals or dreams are for your project. It may also be used to determine if your services are within the scope of work we are allowed to perform. NOTE: All meetings are recorded but are NOT published. They are used to help in facilitating clarity of project requirements and for preparation of written contracts that will require signatures. The written and signed contracts or even written contracts to amend the terms of the existing contract are what will guide the design and contractual obligations. Unrecorded conversations will not be treated as legally binding. If it is something that must be done, we should put it in writing, signed and dated.
Initial consultation will be based on a Billed Hourly rate amount but we may at our discretion waive that initial consultation fee. We charge this fee to discourage ‘window shoppers’ and those who are not serious especially those who don’t have a clear budget or any financial resources secured & set aside. We don’t want to be losing money by spending hours every day fielding prospective clients that do not have any budget.
NOTE ABOUT OUR SERVICES AND THE USE OF RECORDING:
As shall be noted, due to the nature of our services, we record in-person and over the internet voice or video conference meetings. Additionally, we use written contracts to formalize our agreements and usually will require signatures.
Additionally, we take the privacy importantly and do not disclose the entrusted private information attained through those conversations to the public without either permission from the client or through court order or subpoena. While we are not lawyers or doctors with special legal protections, we still do our best to preserve the trust of our clients.
Agreeing to use our services including initial consultation and / or by contacting us, you are consenting to use of recording.
Additionally, we retain ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS to the designs we prepare for our clients. We are independent contractors (not construction contractors but self-employed/stand-alone business). We are NOT employees to clients. Therefore, we are not a “work for hire”. We are owners of our designs. Clients own trademarks and other intellectual properties are that of our clients.
ADDITIONAL NOTE ABOUT COMBINATION OF SERVICES AND MULTIPLE PROJECTS WE WORK ON:
When a project involves use of multiple services, it will usually take more time to deliver with such scope of work. In which case, such work will usually require 6 months or more even on modest projects. Building Design plus historic preservation consultation services will usually require at least 6 months and often more for additional work beyond designing including research. This is because we don’t have the human resources to do all the above concurrently while also having more than one project being worked on and frequently we need to have two concurrent projects which often have staggered start points and payment due times may be offset for payments for each stage. Adding staff or consultants would require fees to be up on the higher end to accelerate those projects and can be potentially higher than the standard fee rate and quotes.
About multiple projects concurrently:
We typically work on two or more projects concurrently and this means with only one person working on the projects, only about 10-15 labor hours a week a generally devoted to a particular project out of a work week of around 42 hours. That’s about 6 hours a day for 6 days a week because we also work on Saturday which includes meeting clients or prospective clients who can not meet during the weekdays. As the principal and also does all the work of all the services offered by Astoria Building Design, LLC. there is only so many hours a week to still also have a work/life balance. In general, most projects will take several months to over a year to complete especially with the way such projects have moments where we have to wait for client to review stuff and will have to pipeline other projects.
Even relatively small projects on existing & historic buildings may take months to complete the design and consultation services.
Office | Phone Hours:
M-F: 10am-4pm (occassionally until 6pm)
Sat: 10am – 4pm (By Appointment)