Schemmer’s Mark Higgins, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, quoted in Midlands Business Journal

Midlands Business Journal | July 11, 2014

Increasing complexity, new building codes stress importance of architect selection


Mark Higgins, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

SCHEMMER’s Executive Vice President of Architecture, Mark Higgins, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, was recently quoted in the July 11th edition of the Midlands Business Journal commenting on the importance of involving architects in the early stages of project planning, and the benefits yielded in doing so.

“An architect can assist with defining aspirations and goals, identifying and evaluating options, and the most appropriate delivery process,” said Higgins. “These pre-design services may result in design and construction, but could also result in another solution for a client’s problem.”

This makes for a more “time- and cost-effective” process, rather than foregoing the creative assistance.

“The range of delivery options and teaming arrangements for design and construction presented to owners is wide, and differs significantly,” Higgins points out. “It can be difficult for the owner to select the best approach for their particular needs.”

Yet another reason to have experienced, knowledgeable professionals assisting in this stage is to not let the “bright, shiny” aesthetics of the finished product, distract from the services that must be decided upon, which Higgins says only partly defines a successful project and client satisfaction.

“Functional, cost-effective, durable, maintainable construction, delivered in a timely manner, are all achievable with the guidance of an architect who acts as your trusted advisor,” he said.

To read the full MBJ article, view pages 34-37 of the OBJ Pages section, How To Choose an Architect, titled, “Increasing complexity, new building codes stress importance of architect selection.”