Discrepancy in Concrete Mixture – Ashley Herasme

For starters, this is a very dangerous situation. By messing with the structural system of a development to cut down on costs can lead to potential hazardous situations for inhabitants. I believe the contractor and owner should accept responsibility, and the architect should speak up about what’s going on. My priority will be speaking to the owner to explain how this can be a dangerous situation and can cost them so much money in the future if something were to happen.

Steps the architect should follow:

Architect must notify owner in writing if errors are found

4.2.5 Based on the Architect’s evaluations of the Contractor’s Applications for Payment, the Architect will review and certify the amounts due the Contractor and will issue Certificates for Payment in such amounts.

4.2.8 The Architect will prepare Change Orders and Construction Change Directives, and may authorize minor changes in the Work as provided in Section 7.4. The Architect will investigate and make determinations and recommendations regarding concealed and unknown conditions as provided in Section 3.7.4

A201 article 8.3, An extension of time can be granted if the C is delayed by….

9.8.5 The Certificate of Substantial Completion shall be submitted to the Owner and Contractor for their written acceptance of responsibilities assigned to them in such Certificate. Upon such acceptance and consent of surety, if any, the Owner shall make payment of retainage applying to such Work or designated portion thereof. Such payment shall be adjusted for Work that is incomplete or not in accordance with the requirements of the Contract Documents. For going against the local building code and specifications, which could have ended poorly. 

Case Study #1

When a client comes to an architect for a project such as an office building, the job of the architect is to not only listen to what the clients wants but to think of all the people who would use and experience this space. Sometimes what the client wants and what’s best for everyone thats going to inhabit the space doesn’t always align. Having an office space where everyone is packed together and is far away from windows creates a hostile work environment. People should work in a space that promotes privacy, comfort, and have access to windows. The wants of the client is unethical because he isn’t considering his workers who would be in this space 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

If I were faced with this design challenge I would try to come up with multiple solutions that benefit the workers while still trying to be efficient. Some information that I would need from the client is what kind of business is it, how many employees would occupy the space, their budget, and what kind of programs they want. This is best to discuss before accepting the job to make sure that the client is flexible and allows you to create a design that is moral.

Ashley Herasme

Proposal for Final Project

My project proposal is to research the steps for getting into real estate development and the components that this career entails. As a real estate property developer, I would like to buy land or already existing homes and build/renovate them to later sell them for a profit. There’s certain things I want to include in my final project which I outline below:

1- What is real estate property development?

This section would clearly define real estate property development and a general overview of what this career entails. This section would also include the kind of work environment and day to day schedules/tasks of real estate developers.

2- How to get into property development?

This section encompasses the bulk of the project. I would research and include the steps someone has to take in school and other requirements such as getting licensure to become a real estate developer. This section would also analyze the financial components that is required for this career. Other important factors are the process of getting land or an existing home, the process of construction, the process of selling and getting a profit, and everything else that is needed. Lastly, I would explore the relationships and work collaborations that a real estate developer needs to have with others such as a bank, construction companies, real estate agents, architects/designers, etc.

3- Stats

This section would focus on statistics on real estate developments such as most profitable cities for this career, job growth, medium income, and other important statistics.

4- Example

This section would focus on one or two real estate development companies that closely resemble the work I want to do. I would research and give an overview of their business such as what kind of work they do, their price and profits rates, and essential information that would be beneficial to know about their company.

I believe that with his project proposal I can create a well rounded project that helps me learn about the future career I would like to have.

Ashley Herasme

DREAM CAREER – Ashley Herasme

       My dream job is to design and renovate residential houses and get into property development. My family’s business in the Dominican Republic is offering full design services to residential apartments and houses. They do everything from renovations to fully furnishing their clients’ home. Other members of my family in the Dominican Republic are in property development. They buy land where it’s most profitable and design/construct residential apartment buildings. The work my family does inspired me on the path of my own career goals and have helped me develop my design passion. 

        Starting my career, I would like to work in a company that designs new construction homes and also renovates existing residential properties. Since I would like to work more on houses, my ideal work environment would be more of a suburban setting rather than the city. I want to be able to work on floor plans, figuring out the layout of a house, such as the bathroom and kitchen placements. I would also like to work on design details such as picking out materials, finishes, countertops, and fixtures. 

        The type of architecture company I work for is important to me. Location is an important factor. I want to be close to my family, so my ideal location would be in or around New York, New Jersey, or Philadelphia. I feel like a small to medium sized firm would work best for me rather than a large company. I want to work in a collaborative environment where everyone supports each other. Having a good work and personal life balance is also an important factor. Later on in my career, I would like to branch out on my own and get into property development. I would love to develop beautiful properties and later on be able to sell them. I feel that being a property developer would give me more flexibility on designing homes to my preference and could potentially result in making more money.