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The Simplest Solution is Usually the Best - Even for a Building Contractor
Construction DesignWorks, Inc. Simplifies Design-Build in Kansas City
An example of the simplest solution being the best idea occurred on an office construction project that was an interior design-build in Kansas City we did several years ago. We provided pre-design, architectural, engineering and construction services for a two story office building. The owner required 2000 sf mezzanine to be added in the building in which there was only one staircase to the new level. The designers and city got caught up in a battle of handicap accessibility to the second level as well as other ADA related requirements. To add a limited access elevator along with the design work, new elevator pit, concrete work, shaft walls, structural steel, and electrical was well over $100,000. The layout, configuration, details and design of this elevator was deliberated for well over one month. The simplest solution finally occurred to us. Providing a mirrored usage of space on both floors (offices, conference and break room) would enable ADA access of the lower floor for the same purpose as the upper floor, resulting in the elevator not being a requirement.
At times we can overthink things and designs can become more complicated than they need to be to accommodate codes and accessibility when the simplest of solutions is often right in front of us. That is why having a design-build team with various skills, great communication and the ability to offer solutions plays such an important role in any project.
"The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity" - Douglas Horton
Article by Scott Hamele, DBIA (http://constructiondesignworks.net/
Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design expertise to create and develop a winning design build team that is specialized for each customer. Their complete turnkey solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, LLC. is located at 21961 West 83rd Street in Shawnee, Kansas. If you are looking for a building contractor or for more information about interior design-build in Kansas City, call (913) 745-4727 or visit their website http://constructiondesignworks.net.
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