How well do your clients understand the process of architecture? Are they delaying the project because they can’t make a decision? Are your subcontractors unsure of where they fit in? Over the past two years, AIA|DC has been working to redesign the process of architecture so that it is more transparent. The result is a process we call The Bridge, designed to help manage expectations by making it clear from the outset of a project who is responsible for meeting a specific deadline, when that deadline is, and the cost implications of delaying or not meeting it.

Depending on their level of experience, a client may have very little idea of what to expect from the design process. The Bridge has three components that can help bring them quickly up to speed:

  • The delivery package explains what the client will receive at the end of each phase of work. Is it a drawing? Is it a detailed set of specifications? That will all be described here.
  • The project program and budget component describes what you want to build and the resources available. This section needs to discuss the scope and budget of the project in clear terms, without any jargon.
  • The project timeline is a comprehensive calendar with key milestones and delivery dates–agreed to ahead of time, so everyone understands when a decision needs to be made, who makes that decision, and what the cost implications are of missing that target date.

All these elements are prepared at the beginning of the project, so the client knows what to expect and can make informed decisions in a timely manner. With fewer unknowns, The Bridge will save you time, help you guide the project more effectively, avoid value engineering, and help your project be more profitable.

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Forms for you to customize to implement the Bridge in your own projects.

Sample Agendas
Sample Delivery Package
Project Program Template