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What's New

 
 

We were recently selected by the Oakland Housing Authority as a provider for Commercial Building Inspection services!

   

 

Current News

 
 

We are currently teaching a course in Architectural Design and Green Technology to a group of local students.  Each student designs their dream home, incorporates green design techniques into the building, and builds a scale model of the home.

   

 

Recent News

 
 

We recently completed a design/build project for the MCAS Training Center in Miramar, California, and have been approved by the SBA as the lead firm in a Joint Venture design/build project for the US Navy.

   

 

 

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The Firm

Michael Kee & Associates is a full service Architectural firm designated as Standard Industry Code (SIC) 8712, and North American Industry Service Code (NAISC) 541310.  The product of our work is typically the construction documents that are prepared, but architecture is much more that simply these drawings.  We provide design and pricing options, which allow clients to make an informed decisions about their project along the way.  We build long term relationships with our clients by carefully listening to their needs and solving their problems.  We develop an atmosphere of trust and teamwork that ensures our clients that they are receiving quality services.  All of this leads to the end result, which is the finished constructed project.

We offer clients several advantages that our competitors cannot easily match.  The drawings and other documents that we prepare are customized to fit the needs and budget of our clients.  Additionally, we have the unique ability to work with government agencies from their point of view.  Firm principal Michael Kee, AIA has more than 12 years experience serving his community as a Mayor, City Council Member, and Planning Commissioner.  At Michael Kee & Associates Architects we possess a working knowledge of how and why government agencies demand certain requirements, as well as how to work with those agencies to achieve the Owners objective.  Because of the relationships that we have built over the years, working with many political leaders and government agencies, we have the ability to open doors for our clients that other firms cannot.

 

Team Approach

Selecting an architect is an important decision.  Your architect works closely with you to translate your vision into reality.  From the first conceptual ideas until well after completion the relationship that you have with your architect will remain close.

At Michael Kee & Associates Architects we work collaboratively with our clients, consultants, and contractors to bring all parties together as a valued team member and contributor to the success of the project.  Through mutual trust and open communication we are able to work towards the overall goal of a project that is completed on time, within budget, and with limited changes.
 

Responsiveness

Our clients know that they can reach us when they have questions, and that we will be responsive to their needs.  We work hard to meet our clients time constraints, and generally, once we make a commitment to a time schedule we stick to it.  We know that there are many factors that affect a projects schedule, and we make sure that we are not an obstacle to that schedule.

 

Process

While no two projects are the same, the architectural process is traditionally divided into five main phases; schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding & negotiation, and construction contract administration.  Each phase builds upon decisions made during the previous phase, and leads toward the culmination of the project, which is the successful completion of construction and acceptance by the owner.  Listed below is a brief description of each phase.

During the schematic design phase, we gather information about the site, prepare schematic design documents based on the mutually agreed upon schedule, budget, and program.  These documents establish the conceptual design of the project, illustrating the scale and relationship of the project components.  The documents typically include a conceptual site plan, preliminary building plans, and selected elevations to adequately convey the design concept.  A preliminary cost estimates for the various schemes is also provided during this phase.

During the design development phase, we provide documents based on the approved schematic design documents for the project.  The design development documents illustrate and describe the refinement of the design of the project, establishing scope, relationships, forms, size and appearance of the project, by means of plans, sections, and elevations.  Typical construction details are identified, and room finishes will be selected during this phase.  In order to remain within the project budget, another cost estimate will be provided during this phase.  Additionally, coordination with a structural engineer and other consultants will begin during this phase.

The construction documents phase represents the majority of our work in most projects.  During this phase documents are prepared which set forth in detail the requirements for construction of the project.  The construction documents include drawings and information that establish the quality levels of materials and systems required for the project.  As the name suggests, these documents are used to obtain a building permit and construct your project.

During the bidding and negotiation phase, we assist the owner in the selection of a contractor if this has not yet been done.  This could entail a negotiated bid with one contractor, or competitive bids from several contractors.  We are available to answer questions from the contractor regarding the drawings, and assist the owner in evaluating the contractors’ bids or proposals.

Finally, during the construction contract administration phase, we meet with the contractor to become familiar with the progress, and keep the owner informed of the progress.  We endeavor to guard the owner against defects and deficiencies in the work, and determine whether the work is being performed in a manner as indicated in the contract documents.