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Pre-Development Services: How Architects Help Limit Risk and Add Value

DKLEVY can bring more than just design value to projects. Listen to the video below to learn more about our pre-development services and how we help our clients mitigate risk and benefit our clients. Pre-development services are all about identifying and addressing potential risks before a project even begins. By doing so, we can help our clients save time, money, and headaches down the road.  

Q: What benefits do our clients gain from working with DKLEVY early on? And what sets us apart and makes our clients come back to us project after project?

At DKLEVY, we believe that listening to our clients is the key to creating successful projects. By understanding their vision and goals, we can leverage our extensive project experience and data points to provide valuable suggestions and insights. Even in our pro bono work in Nigeria, we strive to align our clients’ objectives with the best possible site selection. For example, when tasked with creating a shared community for both orphan children and seniors, a place that fosters intergenerational connections, we carefully considered the advantages and disadvantages of two potential sites. Ultimately, based on the client’s vision to bring different age groups together we recommended an urban site next to the university, as it better aligned with our client’s vision of creating a community hub. We are committed to maximizing the potential of each project and bringing our clients’ visions to life.

Q: How is DKLEVY able to mitigate risks that our clients could have and help to  navigate them through the process? What levels of challenge do you need to overcome in order to just start designing the floor plan of a residence or a commercial building?

Architects are not just designing buildings, architects are designing spaces that people will inhabit and interact with. We take into account the needs and desires of our clients, as well as the needs of the community and the environment.  One of the most rewarding aspects of being an architect is seeing our designs come to life. It’s a collaborative process that involves working closely with contractors, engineers, and other professionals to ensure that the project is executed to the highest standards. Architects are much more than just blueprint creators. We are problem-solvers, collaborators, and visionaries. At DKLEVY, we believe that effective communication is key to building strong relationships with our clients and followers. That is why we encourage our clients to use us as a resource base. We have a toolkit of hundreds of projects, and we take ownership of all of our projects.  We take pride in our ability to create spaces that are not only beautiful, but functional and sustainable as well. So the next time you think of an architect, remember that we are more than just designers – we are builders, leaders, and innovators.

Q: What are the layers of navigating relationships with stakeholders and communicating your vision for the project to them?

At DKLEVY, we believe that building strong relationships is at the core of our values. This means actively listening to community members and putting aside our egos to truly understand their needs. When it comes to developing a piece of land, we seek feedback from commissioners, planning commissions, and other stakeholders who have equity in the project and will be impacted by it. Our goal is to create a win-win situation where everyone benefits. We want the community to embrace the project and feel that it adds value to their lives.  At DKLEVY we strive to create spaces where people would want to live, where they would want their children to live. Our approach is always to add value and create a win-win situation for every project we undertake.

Q: What are the challenges of taking a client through these crucial project stages, and how do we prevent these situations?

Almost every project comes with its own set of challenges. Whether it’s dealing with sinkholes, bad soils, topography issues, access challenges, utilities, or annexation problems, there are many different layers to projects now and many different stakeholders involved. That’s why we always encourage our clients to partner with us early on. With our experience and expertise, we can add value to any project and help overcome any challenge. We believe that successful projects are a team effort, and we’re in it for the long haul. We work closely with our clients and team members to achieve team success, and we’re proud of the relationships we’ve built along the way.

Q: How does DKLEVY navigate different state jurisdictions while making the clients’ visions a reality?

As DKLEVY expands into new jurisdictions, our project experience serves as the backbone of our success. From withstanding 175 mile per hour winds in Miami to working in New York City, the DC area, and Virginia, we understand that quality work takes time. At our firm, we don’t view projects as just another item on our to-do list. Instead, we prioritize building relationships with plant reviewers, inspectors, and building officials to ensure that each phase of the project is well-stewarded and an asset to the community. We believe that by leveraging our project experience and addressing pain points, we can add value to the vision of your project. So, if you’re looking for an architect who cares about your project and is committed to delivering a safe and high-quality result, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us today to begin navigating your project towards success.

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