What is project stewardship mean?
Sometimes project stewardship is literal; like when we were recently commissioned for our 5th project for the 3rd owner of the same property. Other times the project stewardship involves helping clients make good long-term decisions about using advanced building science strategies to create healthier, more resilient, lower operating cost buildings.
Our buildings are like a child that leave for college. We want our children to live well and be independent. We want to know when our children are sick so we can help. We even want to keep the scrapbook of how our children have changed over time and who they change with.
4 Ways we can provide good project stewardship:
- Our buildings are like family – We archive projects for future current and owners to access. Some of our multi-project properties evolved following a masterplan. Some properties are passed or sold to new owners, and we continue our involvement as the design historians for that building. We carry the combined legacy of how the building looks and are used by our clients. Our responsibility is both to the owner and the building.
- Consider the long term – Knowing long-term use needs during design helps our owners understand choices and results of how our buildings will perform to recommend the best solution from basic Earth Craft to advanced building science solutions like Passive House. We work best with clients who think about maintenance and operating cost over 10 years and not just the short-term cost of construction.
- Build with our trusted building partners – We build with contractors that share our vision of project stewardship or build by managing construction of the projects ourselves.
- Keep monitoring the building after construction – We should help our owner monitor performance after construction to know when repairs are made and maintenance is required.
We believe good project stewardship creates buildings that perform efficiently overtime, can tell us when they are sick, and require little maintenance. We believe our involvement with a project should continue beyond the end of construction because we care both about our buildings and the owners.
We design like we own it!
A house in Ansley Park where we provided project stewardship.
1st renovation in 2001 converting from a 5 unit rental to a single family home