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From Site Selection To Design, Architects Are Involved Every Step Of The Way

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Whether an established business or startup is relocating, adding to or renovating a structure that already exists, or constructing an entirely new facility from the ground up, an architect may not always be the first call. Buddy Webb says they should be. “Architects really bring value early on in the process,” says Buddy Webb, principal architect at Buddy Webb & Company. 

“Architects are able to help clients define their space and usage needs and any potential future growth needs, and then quantify that space to begin to develop budgets,” says Webb. From there they look at the client’s existing space or start talking about developing a new space altogether.

Site Selection

When looking at a new site, Webb recommends clients bring architects in from the very first minute they start looking, long before purchasing. Architects can help clients make sure that any new property will meet all the client’s requirements and that the site can be developed in compliance with local zoning ordinances. “We like to be there right from the beginning so you don’t have to invest a lot of time and money in a site that may not work well, or may not work at all,” says Lesley Guillot, architect and partner at Buddy Webb & Company. 

Design Development

After helping with site selection, Buddy Webb & Company then walks a client through the design development, from programming and schematic design to production of construction documents. “We also like to implement BIM, which is Building Information Modeling, so we can show you a 3D model of your project so you’re able to walk through the space and really feel what your space will look like,” says Stephen Bent, architect and partner at Buddy Webb & Company. “We also specialize in sustainable and green building designs.”  

Community Commitment

In addition to assisting clients during each step of a project, employees of Buddy Webb & Company are encouraged and even expected to be involved in the community through volunteer work and involvement in local organizations. The company allows employees time off work each month to volunteer. A recent study from Stanford University shows that volunteer programs can help employees feel more engaged and prevent them from quitting. 

“When employees have to make up that time or count it as vacation, it makes it less appealing to volunteer,” says Webb. “We want everyone to be involved in the community and this is an easy way to do it that benefits all of us.” 

Located in Springfield, Buddy Webb & Company celebrated 20 years in 2016 and is registered to do business in the lower 48 states.

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