Philadelphia Architectural Drawing

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Seeking proposals for architectural drawings for new construction for 2 multifamily. Below are details of what is currently being sought after. With the strong possibility of hard money funding and need for a large down payment, initial budgeting is limited. Flexibility for the drawings can involve monthly payments throughout the project process and or large balloon payment once the project is complete. Example payment schedule: Initial deposit, City approval of zoning drawings, completion of Construction Documents, etc etc.

Detailed deed lot descriptions can be provided via email if interested in providing a proposal. Thanks.


The project scope includes the architectural and structural documentation for 2 new 3 story, 2 family dwellings, each with a cellar and rooftop deck. Each of the proposed buildings will be constructed on adjacent parcels that are currently vacant lots. The desired design program for each building is as follows: Unit #1 at First Floor and Cellar levels- First floor to contain a small bedroom, a bathroom, Kitchen, and Living Area. Cellar to contain 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a room for laundry, water heater, and a furnace. Unit #2 will be on the Second and Third-floor levels and have access to a rooftop deck via a pilot house that can be used for stair access only. The second floor would have a Living Area, Kitchen, and a powder room. The third Floor would have 2 bedrooms and one bath. Location of laundry and mechanical would be determined by available space during the design of the unit. Owner desires to obtain a zoning variance to use each proposed building as a Two Family Dwelling. Additional variance(s) would be needed should the Owner wish to propose a building that exceeds 70% site coverage, which would be a building longer than 42’ in length.

Construction Documents

Construction documentation will consist of drawings that are assembled for: local permitting, sub-contractor pricing, and construction directive. The drawings shall include a schematic site plan showing property lines, building footprint, encroachments in the right of way, and utility lines in the street as per City provided maps. Also included are floor plans, exterior elevations, building sections, details, schedules of project components within the scope of work. We will also provide an Energy Compliance Certificate (Res Check), structural calculations that support lateral bracing design, structural design criteria form and special inspections forms (for design

elements within our scope of work) required by the city, underpinning drawings and design for adjacent buildings, and structural engineer’s calculations for snowdrift loads that will be anticipated on the adjacent 2 story houses.

Handling of Permitting:

The architect shall be responsible for the handling of zoning and building permit application submissions. The architect will also submit typical drawings to Phila. Streets Dept. and Water Dept. to coordinate required preapprovals.

I’m not completely understanding what your post is for. Are you soliciting an architect’s services on forum or describing what is entailed. What you’ve described is pretty standard for a Philly Architect. You would not have to describe half of what you’ve said. 

Best to contact local firms with what you’d like and see which meshes well with you. AIA is a start. @Damani Hamlet

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