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Gauthier Alvarado & Associates Successful projects result from understanding the owner's viewpoint from the earliest planning documents and concept plans. We provide coordinated whole-building system design as well as standalone mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services. We provide innovative, cost-effective structural design solutions that support aesthetically pleasing and functional buildings for our clients.

We are a group of designers capable of bringing multiple perspectives to any given project at any given time. We possess the flexibility to act improvisationally during all phases of a project, but most importantly early on in the design process when we can add the greatest value. Design research, discussions among interested parties and user input become the foundation for our design concepts.

Structural, mechanical and electrical considerations inform the architecture from the onset as well, so as we develop the conceptual design into construction documents there is a certain harmony to how the various parts interrelate.
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read more › Gauthier, Alvarado & Associates was founded in 1975 on the strength of a single idea. That architects, engineers, and planners under one roof, working together, all equal and important, would create a company stronger than its peers and buildings of superior quality and value. The question is, when an architect in Boston can videoconference with a plumbing engineer in Bangalore over a cloud-shared model, is there still a value to having the trades under one roof? Certainly, developments in technology have meant we're not the only ones anymore who can coordinate during a project instead of at the end.

read more › Successful projects result from our architects and engineers understanding the owner's viewpoint which is incorporated into the earliest planning documents and concept plans. We don't have or want a signature style; style and form result from the perspectives all parties bring to the project. GAA was created as a firm that would easily work across disciplines. We carry that attitude into all aspects of our architectural work, from planning, to programming, to design. We consistently incorporate information and other viewpoints into our design process.

read more › We provide innovative, cost-effective structural design solutions that support aesthetically pleasing and functional buildings for our clients. From the conceptual design phase through construction, our structural engineers are heavily involved in the design process to ensure the most economical structural systems are utilized and properly constructed. We continually work alongside our architects and engineers to craft buildings that efficiently integrate structural elements with other buildings systems and are designed to last decades.

read more › We provide coordinated whole-building system design as well as standalone mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services. In new construction we integrate HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection systems to complement the architectural design while optimizing long-term building system performance. While all building systems are connected, these trades are particularly inter-related, so our in-house coordination leads to greater integration, efficiency, and ultimately fewer change orders during construction.

read more › Typically used by government agencies, term contracts are ongoing service agreements used to bypass the usual bidding process to expedite urgent construction projects. In the field of architecture and engineering, these can include studies, investigations, reports, repairs, modifications, and upgrades. A term contractor is pre-approved and must have their contract renewed on a regular basis, ensuring that all service providers are proven and trusted to produce quality work. In our history, we have handled many term contracts and have never failed to be renewed to the full term of the contract.

read more › We provide common-sense sustainable design. This means adapting the level of sustainability to the project and its unique requirements. Sometimes sustainability is the over-riding factor and drives the design. Sometimes, the building program limits the extent to which sustainable design can be implemented. And while we will not allow the function of the building or the safety of the users to be compromised, we will always incorporate sustainable principles as much as possible. We are familiar with the U.S. Green Building Council's green building certification system (LEED), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and national standards, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards.

read more › Design-Build is a method of project delivery in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity, one contract. Streamlining the project delivery from initial concept through completion transforms the relationship between designers and contractors into a mutual alliance that facilitates teamwork, coordination and collaboration throughout the design and construction process. Being unified from the beginning allows for a successful project that is competed faster with cost effective solutions and fewer change orders.

read more › Our beliefs revolve around the idea of designing systems that incorporate measures for reducing energy consumption of buildings, in turn to protect our natural resources. As a full service AE firm, we have gathered a team of professionals that can provide a wealth of creativity and knowledge to designing and analyzing various systems contributing to the energy usage of a building. In performing detailed energy audits of facilities, we are able to identify effective energy conservation measures that should be implemented into building systems without negatively impacting their performance for the building.

read more › Peer review methods are employed to maintain standards of quality, performance and credibility in construction documents. GAA has been working with government agencies, owners, developers and designers in reviewing projects for technical expertise, local code compliance and conformance with agency standards throughout Virginia, Maryland and DC. Through the successful execution of numerous projects over the years, we've developed a thorough understanding and working knowledge of local, state and federal agency procedures.

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