Architectural Design

Questworks has always been about innovation in construction. From our roots building for Strathmore University, we’ve always built smart.

Through the years, we’ve worked tirelessly to refine our approach, improve our methods and deliver exceptional results for our clients. As our Design-Build program developed, our Design-Build team has always stood at the forefront of developing designs responsive to client needs.

At this stage, your project team has a solid understanding of your business and financial needs, project schedule, cost, jobsite and your facility’s architectural and mechanical requirements. Next, your construction team and project managers partner with the architectural team to value engineer cost savings into the design.

This is where Design-Build differs from other construction methods. Architects can be employed directly by the Design-Builder, or the Design-Builder can subcontract out specialty design to trusted architectural design partners. Architects work on the same team, under the same contract, with the Design-Builder. And all key project team members come together to form a design that balances all needs. Architects, engineers, construction professionals and key subcontractors and vendors can all add value at the inception of a build.


At Questworks, we begin the architectural design process a little differently than other Design-Builders. We use an innovative construction technology called 5D Macro Building Information Modeling (5D Macro-BIM) to model early stage design while showing data-oriented cost and schedule estimates. All stakeholders can see, in real time, how different design solutions affect appearance, price and schedule. Owners can specify performance requirements and make truly informed decisions. And project teams can reduce projects costs, add value and move forward with cohesive certainty.

Once owner and project team have defined the big picture, preliminary drawings progress into detailed design and schematics. And the project team works in fluid collaboration to produce cost estimates at 30%, 60% and 90% design completion. At the conclusion of this process, owners receive a guaranteed maximum price (GMP), a set project schedule and contract drawings — the drawings used to build.

Total team coordination, exceptional quality

Our multi-skilled team is experienced in the fast-paced Design-Build construction delivery method. We know materials, costs and the realities of construction. With that knowledge, we provide the best-value solutions to our clients. Through total coordination and precise communication, we keep all project team members on the same page through every phase of design and construction.

Smarter design= smarter construction

The design team members take a holistic approach to the design process. Along with our design team members, we start with our most powerful tool: our ears. We take the time to listen to our clients and help our clients prioritize strategic architectural design goals within real-world project constraints.

We and our design team members are dedicated to providing professional design services that fulfill our clients’ needs, adhere to our clients’ budget and schedule parameters and provide buildable solutions that create functional spaces within enriched aesthetic environments.

With a commitment to excellence, we foster a trustworthy relationship with our clients. Our knowledgeable Design-Build team and staff members are quality-focused to provide reliable services in a timely manner. We’re thorough. We’re efficient. We’re enthusiastic. We’re truthful. And above all, we’re driven by the goal to exceed our clients’ expectations.

Utilizing our experienced Design-Build affiliate, we provide innovative design solutions implemented using state-of-the-art technology throughout all phases of our design services.

Strategic architectural design: how to meet business goals and maximize ROI

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