Dan Joseph Architects – Best in the World?

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United Kingdom – http://www.DailyMail.co.uk

UK’s Daily Mail with 45.348 Million Unique Visitors (world’s leading website newspaper); recently published….

Dan Joseph Architect’s Montana Cabin “could easily be crowned best in the world as it looks like something straight from a nostalgic family film.”

Thank you Daily Mail…we appreciate your generous compliments; watch for future film interest that are sure to follow!  #djawest

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2855930/This-award-winning-classic-log-dwelling-straight-festive-family-film.html

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Dan Joseph Architects Awarded AIA Honors

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Dan Joseph Architects Awarded AIA Honors #djawest

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Awards program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architecture in order to elevate the general quality of professional practice, to establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and to inform the public of architectural practice, its breadth and value.

Recently, the Montana Chapter www.aia-mt.org solicited submissions from all Architecture firms located throughout the state. Completed projects were sought from 2009 to present and could include out-of-state commissions.  Colorado’s Fentress Architects www.fentressarchitects.com of International Fame, most noted for the Denver International Airport was selected as an impartial jury in blind review to all works gathered.

The Highest Achievement and Recognition attainable is the AIA Honor Award for Excellence in Design; and was bestowed upon Architect – Daniel J Turvey of Big Sky, Montana for the year 2014.

Principal and Owner of Dan Joseph Architects www.djawest.com, Daniel Turvey states “Recognition at this level in particular as acknowledged from such an acclaimed jury of practicing professionals is both substantial and noteworthy; and serves to illustrate that even a sole practitioner or small office can accomplish wonderful things.”

Bar BC Ranch – Jackson, Wyoming

Bar BC Ranch - Jackson, Wyoming

Bar BC Ranch Entry Gate – Jackson, Wyoming

Architect’s Journal Entry

BAR BC RANCH – Jackson, Wyoming:  Greeted with warm smiles and hardy handshakes, I was recently welcomed as a visiting Architect and well received guest at a Ranch House BBQ hosted by Hillwood; a Perot Company http://www.hillwood.com/ and Sotheby’s International Realty of Jackson, Wyoming http://www.jhsir.com/

To say that I felt at home and amongst friends would be an understatement; this group of top-notch professionals shared in conversation and aspiration as though I had been a valued acquaintance that could be measured in years.  But then again the Bar BC is no stranger to camaraderie, laughter and the simple enjoyment of people gathered at a magnificent setting.  Fact is…stories of Bar BC Cowboys and Cowboy want-to-be’s began in 1912 and by the 1920’s was known as one of the most famous Dude Ranches in the region.

Embracing a rich heritage and the significant remembrance of place held within the hearts of generations, Hillwood concluded that all ranch improvements would be rooted in stewardship and an absolute appreciation for the land.  Roads and trails would blend with natural scenery, scenic overlooks and majestic views.  The dual mission would also conserve wildlife corridors, while also providing for private use and enjoyment of this one-of-a-kind setting.

Upon leaving and thanking my hostess for a good time had by all, a small herd of elk was seen grazing in the lush grass found in abundance surrounding a larger pond located interior to this unique community.

When you have the time, drop by and visit the Bar BC Ranch – Jackson, Wyoming http://www.barbcranch.com/ and check out Dan Joseph Architects http://www.djawest.com/ schematics prepared for your enjoyment and preview found within the yurt located at parcel 12; or alternatively at the gate house leading to the few remaining parcels expected to be sold in the near term.  #djawest

Yellowstone Club’s – Headwaters Camp Awarded Residence of the Year

Yellowstone Club's - Headwaters Camp

Yellowstone Club’s – Headwaters Camp by Dan Joseph Architects

YELLOWSTONE CLUB’S – HEADWATERS CAMP #djawest : Based upon utilization of historic Architecture, respect for cultural heritage, outstanding natural beauty and the incorporation of sustainable design principals, a Western States Architect has designed Mountain Living’s ‘Most Responsible’ Residence of the Year. 

The project Headwaters Camp, located in Yellowstone Club – Big Sky, Montana “is carefully cradled in a world defined by the orderly needs of program and the random artistry of nature in the extreme,” says the architect Dan Turvey.  Set upon the edge in a series of ponds, streams and falls designed by Turvey, a rustic cabin appears to hover over the sparkling waters of a high mountain alpine lake.  “Developing our Master Plan on this 22 acre parcel from among others available was a critical decision made by the owner,” says Turvey.  “It wasn’t readily apparent that such potential existed on a site that lent itself more to limitations than an envisioned family encampment.”

Designing a structure in the Rockies at 8000 feet, proximate to Yellowstone National Park presents many challenges; including an active seismic zone, annual snow fall approaching 8’-0” and an underlying geology that must be considered well in advance to undertaking any formal response.  Within these constraints the Architect looked to the National Park and our collective early century architectural heritage for creative inspiration.  “The idea was to showcase and celebrate an enduring, regional vernacular that conveys strength, permanence and a sense of confidence amongst an overwhelming panorama of majestic mountains and weather extremes,” says Turvey.  “The added practical benefits of this vocabulary allowed us to seamless integrate moment frames, shear panels and a wide flange ridge beam, while also accenting the dwelling with rafter tails, reclaimed dimensional timber and log assemblies throughout a substantial structure.”

The difficulties of achieving energy efficiency in a rustic vocabulary, which by this example utilizes the appearance of dove-tailed, hand hewn, sand chinked timbers, dry stacked stone and old world planking, was accomplished with an artistic approach of applying materials to a conventional wood framed structure.  The final result is a modest sized, 1800 sf, rustic dwelling that reflects sustainable values that have been honored at the highest possible level by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

This LEED-Platinum designated home is the first in Southwest, Montana and the third home in the state to receive any certification from the USGBC.  “The vision for Headwaters was to create a family camp that feels and looks like it has existed for 100 years,” says owner Todd Thomson.  “I was also determined to build a home that reflects my values as an environmentalist and board member of the World Resources Institute.”

Yellowstone Club's - Headwaters Camp

Near view of Headwaters Camp – Guest Cabin

Photo Insert:  The Guest Cabin as seen from the near side of a high altitude pond, which provides for family enjoyment while serving as a thermal mass for a WSHP exchange loop.The primary axis of the structure aligns to a water feature and another towards a magnificent view of the nearby Pioneer Mountain located deep within the Madison Range. 

Notice how this home gently keys into the waters edge, complimenting the rustic structure’s connection to the landscape.  (Photos by Audrey Hall) 

“Really what makes this project so special was the commitment on behalf of all the parties to push Headwaters Camp to a level that currently has no equal” says Turvey.  “In the big picture of things, the end product is a reflection of an Owner’s exceptional vision and directive.” while adding “The contractors collective commitment and determination to make the mark cannot be understated; without the teams applied effort, certification would not have been possible.”

Dan Joseph Architects shares the true power of architecture with a breathtaking example of a modest sized, rustic dwelling that reflects sustainable values.

 Green Building

‘Green Building’ often evokes images of rectilinear like structures with clean, geometric lines. So how is it possible for a Rustic Cabin that appears to have been built decades before, to receive a LEED for Homes Platinum rating: a top designation for residences awarded by the United States Green Building Council?

Consider for one…that the Headwaters Camp – Guest Cabin is an original design and likely the most efficient ever built; for instance eliminating problems of uneven settlement, air and insect infiltration normally associated with buildings of this type, a fully insulated Chimney and Fireplace enclosure and a WSHP- Pond Loop sized for Cabin and Home alike.

 Design – Performance Accomplishments

 1.  Hidden Seismic and Live/Dead Load Engineering – Wide Flange Ridge Beam, Micro-lam Roof Framing, Moment Frame, Shear Panels and Shear Walls all disappearing seamlessly into a structure that appears to have been built 100 years earlier.

 2.  Applied Reclaimed Finishes – Eliminating Air and Insect Infiltration typically associated with Rustic Dwellings; utilizing Dove Tailed Timbers, Dry Stacked Stone, Standing Dead…Log Beams & Columns, Rustic Wall/Floor Planking, and Dimensional Rafters/Beams.

 3.  Unique fully insulated, tube steel framed Fireplace and Chimney, utilizing an Isokern Fire Box and Chimney Chase.

 4.  WSHP – Pond Loop, Radiant Flooring, Air Exchange Units, Grey Water Reclamation, etc.

 5.  Super Insulated Structure (combined closed cell spray foam and batt overlay) and Triple Glazed Window Units

 6.  Conventional wood framing at prescribed, increased spacing, saving material and money

 7.  Over 100 – third party certified points in the designation of LEED Platinum.

Celebrate the universal capacity of Good Planning and Outstanding Design with Dan Joseph Architects

Regardless of vernacular, the principals of ‘Green’ building still apply; with DJA…Rustic and Western Design can now share in the same positive attributes that other environmentally responsible buildings enjoy; fostering sustainable building practice as a good steward of our natural resources.

 Yellowstone Club’s – Headwaters Camp:

 ‘Single Source’ Professional Services provided by Dan Joseph Architects

Construction Administration and Oversight · Site Master Planning: Building Envelopes, Aquatic Design (Ponds and Streams) · Infrastructure and Site Access Planning · Civil Engineering Coordination · Geothermal WSHP Engineering Coordination · Building Design – Schematics, Design Development, Construction Docs: Cabin, Horse Barn and Primary Residence · Structural Engineering Coordination · Architectural Review Committee submittals · Mass Modeling and all other related Professional Service tasking for this outstanding and unique High Mountain encampment.

Owners
Todd & Melissa Thomson
Headwaters Capital: Todd Thomson Walks the Walk
http://www.headwaters-capital.com/todd-s-thomson/articles/big-sky-mountain-high-todd-thomson-walks-the-walk/

Project  Location  Yellowstone Club – Big Sky, MT
http://www.yellowstoneclub.com/

Architect & Construction Administrator
Dan Joseph Architects – Big Sky, Montana
http://www.djawest.com/

Architect’s Consulting Engineers
Civil:  Allied Engineering – Bozeman, MT
Structural:  Bridger Engineers – Bozeman, MT
Geothermal:  Major Geothemal – Wheat Ridge, CO
Solar:  Independent Power Systems – Bozeman, MT

LEED Consultant    Kath Williams – Bozeman, MT
http://www.usgbcmontana.org/headwaterscamp.html

General Contractor
Highline Partners – Big Sky, MT

Interiors  Carole Sisson Design – Big Sky, MT

Photos by Audrey Hall
http://audreyhall.com/Home.html

John Wayne – Signature Series Architecture

John Wayne – Signature Series Architecture #djawest Dan Joseph Architects in associations with John Wayne Enterprises have agreed to define the indescribable; discover the Art of Western Architecture, visit Dan Joseph Architects at http://www.djawest.com/signature_series.htm to read more and to request a News Letter introducing this very special opportunity!

Faithful Inns

Faithful Inns

Service Mark – Faithful Inns

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Without question brand is the most sustainable, competitive advantage there is; become the proud owner of an instantly recognizable name for your Brand holdings of: Hotel, Bar and Restaurant Services; Hotels; Resort Hotels in Class 43 (U.S LS.100 and 101).

FAITHFUL Service Mark – Stylized Brand & Domain Name

United States Patent and Trademark Office Reg. No. 3,220,207

Price: $3.3 Million (USD)

Portfolio of properties and/or narrative of intended use required.
Contact Dan at:  info@djawest.com

Dan Joseph Architects, LLC
http://www.djawest.com/

Thinking of Building? Think “Design/Build”

Thinking of Building?  "Think Design/Build"

Pierce Lake Professional Center by Dan Joseph Architects

Thinking of Building? Think “Design/Build” #djawest :  Construction delivery is changing before our very eyes. Design–Build previously known as just another option to the built solution may now be the most preferred method of the built response. The old method in the separation of design and construction is not the standard in many other more complex and cost driven industries. Why then has there been a separation in building design and the construction process?

Well, formally and until just 1978, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct suggested that architects should not be allowed to participate in the construction process of any project, including design-build project delivery. Now repealed, owners are now choosing design-build for a number of good reasons (see attachment link below), including: Single Source for Design and Construction, Quicker Project Delivery, Guaranteed Project Pricing, Minimized Claims and Damages, Extended Product Warranties.

Further, Design-Build keeps the appropriate stake holders involved in the process from concept to turn-key, by formally integrating all entities into a simplified contractual agreement of “Single Source Accountability.”

ARE ALL ARCHITECTS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SINGLE SOURCE DELIVERY SERVICES?

The standard prerequisite is experience, capacity and diligence; therefore it is fair to say that not all Architects are equal in delivering a Design-Build service. However, the risk of taking on a professional practitioner that lacks experience in the built response can be greatly diminished by insisting that the Architect pre-qualify and collaborate with a well respected and capable Construction Manager.

WHAT QUALIFIES A CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AS CAPABLE?

As in any endeavor a successful track record over a number of years is an important benchmark; but no less important is the utilization of a proven process and the comprehension to a number of related topics including:

Costing of Preliminary Design, Design Development and the final Construction Document (Uniformat, WBS, Master Format), including Request for Information (RFI’s), General Conditions, Allowances, Equipment Rentals, Estimated Costs, Solicitation of Bids (RFP’s), Self Performance, Cost Plus Work (T&M), Pay Applications, Change Orders, Wavier of Liens, Sworn Statements, Project Scheduling, On Site Supervision, Safety Program, Owner Review Documentation-Disclosures, Insurance, Bonding Capacity and other similar relevant matters.

VERIFY, VERIFY, VERIFY

Long gone are the days of Cost Plus Services (commonly known as Time & Material Agreements), when it was sufficient to enumerate a list of activities that equaled an owner proposed budget. Project expenditures can equal millions of dollars and each listed item of service or expense must be verifiable in both quantity and unit cost modified to equal regional norms.

Believe it or not there are still some contractors in the industry that will start with a proposed budget under a “Cost Plus” and will quickly allocate by percentage to multiple pages of cost, with no verifiable means in which to support the data of expense shared. Simply stated, if the line item is not quantified, it is not valid, should be held as suspect and is likely erroneous!

Engaging a process that is not verifiable results in one of two outcomes; the first is in the proclamation that the final cost is under the overall budget. Such a declaration is meaningless; with some diligence in review, it will be revealed that while some line items are much less then anticipated, many more are over….either way the owner will likely have paid much more then the value of the total work provided in a game of pushing numbers to match an inflated, unverified, misrepresentation of expenditure.

The second possible outcome of an unverified process of project delivery is a long parade of Requests for Change Orders. Change Orders can either be for deductions (reduced scope of work, substitution of means, methods or materials), or for adds. The emphasis here is Change Order Adds or a Request for Change Orders that inflate the final contract amount. If the unverified sum proposed is undervalued, say due to an error of not pumping the number high enough for a safe outcome, the result will be in the form of a dreaded Change Order.

So take note…predictable project expenditures will require consistent, verifiable means of back checking; and in the absence of quantifiable measures, your final project cost will most certainly exceed your expectations.

(Please note that some Change Order Adds are legitimate, such as: Owner driven requests for change, unknown below surface conditions, missing detail, etc. and will not be expanded upon during this brief discussion.)

THE PERFECT STORM

By example here is one scenario that you should avoid at all costs.

The contractor is charming, energetic, articulate, they also appear to be competent and have completed a few projects in the area; in fact they may have even been introduced by an acquaintance or friend that was introduced to the contractor in the same unsuspecting manner. Accomplishments are often times exaggerated, as they confidently offer to cost out your project. Within a few days or sooner they will have quickly presented you with an estimate, likely well before any other reputable contractor and at a price that appears to be competitive.

Interested, you invite them back for another discussion. During this meeting you may feel a little rushed; as the contractor talks about pending weather, a backlog of work or perhaps that labor and material pricing is at an all time low…”now’s the time to act” you are told. During your discussion a budget that appears very well organized and detailed, over many categories and a number of pages is pushed across the table. In your review it appears to all be all accounted for, plainly stated and best of all the contractor has offered to perform this work on a cost plus basis.

Cost Plus you are told is by where all work is completed for the submitted cost and a reasonable margin will be added to the bill later for overhead and profit. You talk about the margin of mark-up and settle on a percentage that works well for both parties. During this meeting or perhaps later on you are presented with an agreement where the basis of payment is “Cost of the Work” plus a fee and there is no “Guarantee of Cost”. Wow what a deal…you are only going to pay for cost and a small margin of mark-up to oversee your project!

At this point you willingly sign the agreement, pay the deposit and work commences. However upon the first pay request some of the costs have been exceeded and suddenly you are confronted with requests for Change Orders (a formal document that inflates the contract sum). After several months into construction a pattern of busting budgets and requesting change orders is well established. You are told that while some items have exceeded expectations, many others are under and the in the end it will all even out. You aren’t happy, but you feel stuck…what can you do; you’ve got to finish the project? If you pull the plug now, it becomes just a heap of uncompleted work; you will loose momentum, be distracted from your work and will end up with yet a larger headache. You decide to bite the bullet and sign off on the change orders.

Truth be told…far too many good natured and unsuspecting home owners have been down this bumpy road. But what can you do, how do you build the home of your dreams for a fair and predicable price? Here is some practical advice….

First, I highly recommend that large scopes of work be delivered under a Design-Build enterprise; dollars will be maximized under this arrangement and allows you to be in control of the project every step of the way. Next, if you are determined to work under a separate agreement for the built solution, have several reputable, competent and capable contractors competitively bid the project…per plans and specifications, under a Lump Sum–Fixed Fee Agreement. The price will be competitive, is guaranteed and change orders will be less frequent. Lastly…if you are determined to work under a Cost Plus arrangement be forewarned….

Under a Cost Plus agreement profit incentives invite the following: Less on-site management (reduced overhead for the contractor, more cost to you, shoddy workmanship, mistakes), a buddy system of sub-trade selection (higher pricing, inappropriate gifts or referral fees, no competition), delayed and extended schedules (padding down time between projects, increasing profits, working on other projects), requests for multiple change orders (costs exceeding a poorly estimated and managed project expense), work performed is on your clock not theirs (dramatically increasing labor costs, hiring of incompetent craftsman, inaccurate or false reporting of time, material, equipment, etc.), increased cost of equipment rentals (the longer the equipment is on site the more margin paid the contractor)…the list goes on and on and on.

At the very least…if you are going to move forward under a Cost Plus arrangement despite the many pitfalls and disadvantages, require the following:

i.) That each itemized line of expense be supported with “units of measure” (cubic yards, square foot, tons, board feet, per item, allowance, man-days, etc) and the “price per unit”, that can be compared to the architects take-off and other competing contractors estimates. Remember…in the absence of these “units”, the estimate and thus the proposal or agreement is bogus!

ii.) After confirming all units of measure to the plans, estimates, etc. approve of the amount(s) as an “NTX” or a “Not to Exceed” only. In other words the amount noted is the cap…approval is not granted for sums exceeding this amount. However, this arrangement will not guarantee you a price that will be less then the sum proposed; and in fact will likely equal or exceed the amount noted in the desire to earn all available sums within grasp of the contractor.

iii.) Be leery of work self performed by a contractor that can be competitively bid for less by outside sub-trades.

iv.) Watch for material, finishes, or equipment, etc. substitutions that reduce the cost that are not translated into a savings for you or the project; but rather improve the contractor’s margin of profit only. e.g.: windows, flooring, hardware, roofing, furnaces, etc., etc.

Wrapping up…many contractors are reputable, honest and deserving of praise and sums paid for their service; this example has been provided in the attempt to help the unsuspecting from becoming victims of tactics by dishonest business practices known to exist in the market place.

CONCLUSION

With decades of construction specific and professional service experience, Dan Joseph Architects http://www.djawest.com/ is ready to assist with your project needs. We have prepared a list of pre-qualified contractors and continue to interview, audit process and capacity to meet the growing list of tomorrows demand. Give us a call and discover the joys and the many advantages of a Design-Build Team for your next project!

POINTS TO REMEMBER

1. A Design-Build relationship keeps all stake holders actively involved as “Single Source” accountable from concept to completion.

2. Not all architects are capable of delivering an effective Design-Build service; qualify experience, capacity and diligence.

3. Design Build is the most competitive, timely project delivery system known, as supported by intensive study (see attachment below)

4. When selecting a Contractor, a successful track record over a number of years is an important benchmark; but no less important is the utilization of a proven process and the comprehension to a wide range of related topics.

5. Most importantly…predictable project expenditures require consistent, verifiable means of back checking; and in the absence of quantifiable measures, your final project cost will most certainly exceed your expectations!

6. Stay away from “Cost Plus” agreements for large scoped projects.

Click on the link below to view Design Build attachment:

http://www.djawest.com/DesignBuildBrochure.pdf