Business Activities That May Qualify
- Developing unique energy-efficient features
- Designing master plans
- Developing schematic designs
- Developing planning and elevation drawings
- Designing a functional site plan to incorporate or overcome the site plan features
- Developing construction documents
- Designing and developing building facades LEED certification
- Designing building systems
- Designing site orientations
- Designing building shape and form
Annual Revenue: $2.3 Million
Taking on projects to develop architectural designs for casinos and hotels, the company created design solutions unique to each project. These projects combined and took into account several competing factors including: building or facility use, square footage and number of floors, municipal building codes for structure and energy usage. The company had to develop new or improved designs for each project based on a variety of functional and performance criteria, including user and occupant efficiency, energy use performance of various sub-systems (electrical systems, HVAC) and structural system reliability and durability.
Annual Revenue: $12.6 Million
This firm was hired to design a luxury apartment complex and an adjoining five-story parking structure. The complex itself was four stories tall and included 173 dwelling units, with eight different floor plans. The firm determined the optimal design for the least amount of fault line involvement, designing a five-story edifice around the parking structure. They experimented with several alternatives including placing the pool area at the fault line (since it occupied a substantial amount of the parcel) and modifying the front elevation of the property near the beach to ensure the building was structurally sound.
Annual Revenue: $18 Million
To develop new or improved architectural designs and construction processes, the company analyzed the scope of the projects, including the design and development of office, industrial, retail, medical and high-tech structures. Each project required designs with new or improved functionality, reliability, durability or performance. Afterward, they moved into the design and evaluation phase, improving the design when technical issues arose. Numerous technical issues occurred due to the material used during the project, requiring the company to assess and improve the design.