Vic Davies Architect (2003) Ltd. is a full service architectural
practice, based on the west coast of Canada in Victoria, British
Columbia, and works throughout the world. VDA is the ideal team
player and is able to assist and advise the other selected consultants
on all aspects of current trends, developments, and technology in
modern state-of-the-art building design and construction .
Services offered by VDA include:
Prior to the start of a major project, it is essential that there
be an understanding of the goals and objectives for that project.
Realistic budgets and timelines must be set, consultation and input
gained from end users, and a concept plan prepared. This can best
be achieved with the preparation of a detailed feasibility study.
VDA is uniquely positioned and qualified to undertake and achieve
these studies with the highest level of competence and efficiency.
We have a practical and knowledgeable approach to design and undertake
our projects with the utmost integrity and flexibility. Maintaining
a high level of trust and open communication with the client is
a key factor in the successful completion of a feasibility study.
masterplan is the first step in the beginning of a ‘sketch
outline’ of what a facility or development could be. Prior
to any architectural design being prepared for a project, the masterplanning
process is undertaken. The client team would be involved every step
of the way with the consultant team in design charette sessions
and team discussions during the early part of the masterplanning
process. This would then be refined into a preferred option and
developed accordingly into the completed product.
The VDA design philosophy is very simple, they work well with
the client's “team” and are good listeners; the result…
facilities that are economic, popular and successful, yet not overstated.
By working with the client in intensive design sessions with everybody
contributing, the design development would be brought to a stage
where everybody could stand back and say – OK, this is what
we want. To ensure that the design will be within the proposed budget
envelope, budget information is input throughout the process as
the project evolves.
knows that their projects are not meant to be monuments to themselves,
that the exterior façade, while important, is just a shell
enclosing the living/working spaces within. For recreation or community
centres, ‘theming’ has been successfully introduced and
has opened up a new dynamic form of expression within the facility.
Other projects, such as the interior design and layout of seniors
care facilities and schools, require an empathy and understanding
of the special needs presented by their users. VDA has a unique
ability to create within their projects an environment that meets
the needs of their users and pleases the client/owner in the process.
Upon receiving approval of the final design development work, a
complete set of working drawings is prepared. Regular meetings will
keep the client abreast of the progress of drawings as they evolve,
ensuring the client continued input. Cost reviews are held regularly
to ensure that the budget for the project is respected and financial
concerns are met. Coordination meetings among consultants are carried
out at regular intervals to ensure that all of the drawings are
properly coordinated for construction purposes. Final contract documents
are provided prior to tendering the project.
VDA prepares written specifications that will accompany the construction
documents and be used not only to tender the project, but also in
the construction of the project. Specifications are customized to
meet the specialized requirements of each project and use current
industry standards. The VDA spec writers are continually updating
their knowledge base to reflect changes in the industry.
Administration Practice and Materials.
Construction review/contract administration services are provided
for VDA projects. Site meetings are attended at regular intervals
to review the progress of each project, to provide on-site observation,
and to assist with coordination. All necessary construction administration
documents are provided by VDA.