The journey from identifying the goal to a finished structure requires many small, but meaningful, decisions.  The process of building a new structure or renovating an existing one differs according to the type of project, but includes some or all of the following steps:

Once you decide to use Bernbaum-Magadini Architects, we meet with you to shape the project to your needs.  We come to this step with no pre-conceived notions, no must-have’s and nothing mandatory.  At this point, we work together to establish not only what the needs, but the priority of these needs as part of the whole project. This process is to help  communicate your program requirements through meaningful dialogue on how the structure should function.  During this period, meetings with the building owner’s, occupants and users would occur.

This step is a further refinement of the project’s concept.  Usually the owner’s and possibly the owner’s representative’s tell us the approximate square footage needs of the new facility. During this phase, several meetings are typical and the goal is to solidify the priorities of the project along with ensuring that there is an appropriate amount of building to service the long term needs of the facility.




Preliminary floor plans are developed after the first phases of the project have been completed. If the project has been identified with LEED certification as a goal, initial project team meetings are held that include all sub-consultants, owner/ owner’s representatives, and representatives from various city departments such as zoning and public works. We develop preliminary floor plans after the initial discussions and tackle the challenges inherent in each project.  Most projects begin to take on their own life and personality at this point and the goals of the project become more clearly defined.


Once preliminary plans have been approved, we begin work to refine concepts and details of a project that give a Bernbaum-Magadini project its individual character. At this point, specific design features are studied, interior and exterior elevations are evaluated for massing and proportion, and we begin to select the materials that will be used. This is the point in the project’s development that allows for specific evaluation as to the cost of the building.



When the details emerge and materials are selected, it’s time to create the drawings used for construction, bidding and permitting. This period in the projects development is extremely important; this is when the collaboration  between the architect and the other consultants on the team is crucial in coordinating the content, quality, and quantity of the project, and that the intent of project is clear.




This is the building phase and is the longest and most intensive step in the process. In reality, construction observation is a series of steps designed to produce an environment that is uniquely suited to fit your specific needs.  With large projects, construction observation includes regular meetings that involve the contractor, necessary subcontractors, municipal or county authorities and the client.