BGI ARCHITECTURE | A.I.A.
Beery Group Inc. Architecture
BGI Architecture has built a strong reputation for quality design and professionalism in residential and commercial projects located in Arizona, California, and Hawaii. As a full service Architectural design firm, we credit design creativity, building quality, problem solving, and budgetary experience as keys to our success.
Established in 1985 by Principal Architect, John S. Beery A.I.A., BGI Architecture has over 35 years of experience designing built environments to enhance our client’s lifestyle. At BGI, we have a team philosophy where we work closely with the owner, quality contractors, and other creative professionals in developing custom projects from remodels to luxury sprawling estates. Our design skills encompass all styles, from traditional to modern.
In 2008, BGI Architecture expanded our services to include commercial and industrial projects, along with our mainstay of residential projects, as services offered. Since that time, BGI has completed numerous tenant improvements and industrial renovation projects throughout Southern California. In 2014 Bryan Beery joined BGI and in 2015 acquired his CA Architects license, further bolstering BGI's capabilities. Before joining BGI, Bryan spent 4 years working for large industrial and multi-family residential firms. This valuable experience Bryan has brought to BGI has allowed BGI to offer services on larger multi-family condominium, commercial and retirement home communities.
With 2 generations of licensed Architects, BGI can offer client a wide array of Architectural styles and knowledge.
• Site Consultation
• Existing Building Inspection and Evaluation
• As-Built Documentation (Remodel Projects)
• Site Planning
• Concept Design
• Schematic Design
• Space Planning
• Design Development
• Construction Documents
• CA SB-326 Balcony Inspections
• Project Programming
• Gov. & HOA Discretionary Review Processing
• Permit Processing
• Contractors Bid Review & Analysis
• Construction Observation
• BIM modeling
• 3d Perspective Renderings
• Architectural Witness Testimony
• Consultant Selections
• Finish Selections
• Door/Window Selections
• Cabinet/Built-in Selections
• Hardware/Appliance Selections
• Plumbing/Lighting Selections
• Construction Method Selections
• Building Accessory Selection
• Site Selection Assistance
D esign and construction of real property is inherently an exciting process. The most successful and rewarding projects are the collaborative efforts of our team philosophy. The Architect, Client, and Contractor/Builder are the team “nucleus.”
E xperience and training are important attributes in selecting an Architect. As Licensed Architects, we are specifically educated to help define the project and the client’s goals. We can assist you by presenting options and create a balance of aesthetics and value.
S ervice is first. BGI is dedicated to a thorough, complete and professional service. A key component to our service is “listening”. The better we understand our client’s wants, needs and desires, the better we satisfy the clients expectations. The end result is a higher standard of quality on all projects.
I nnovation in design enables BGI to be well versed with any type of project. We specialize in custom residences, luxury estates, home remodels, multiple housing and commercial projects. Award winning and creative design allow our projects to remain valuable in an ever-changing world. Simplicity is key. Great design sometimes comes from knowing when to put the pen down.
G reen sustainable architecture is increasingly becoming part of a projects design palette. BGI incorporates sustainable concepts whenever possible or desired. Our projects become a consistent part of a sustainable future.
N ow, BGI can assist you in…“Bringing To Life the Project You Envision”
THE VALUE OF A LICENSED ARCHITECT
An Architect has the advanced training and skill to produce a detailed design based on your particular needs and desires--a design that's sensitive to the architectural tastes of the client, and scaled to the proper proportions. However, what truly makes an Architect valuable is the ability to develop and refine a vision of the completed project that the client can see and understand. Architects are experts at seeing not only the big picture, but also the hundreds of tiny steps between concept and completion.
Integration of design and construction can be an inherently complex process. A licensed Architect not only brings a unique skill set, but also superior experience with coordinating the many facets that comprise a construction project. Among others, the main focus of an Architect during design and construction is the balance of cost, time, function & aesthetics. In addition to these four core focuses, the Architect must consider codes and regulations, and sustainabilty during the process as well. An Architect that is well versed in this process will result in a project that saves time, headaches, and generally runs smoother.
CODES & REGULATIONS
The American Institute of Architects, founded in 1857, is the professional organization for more than 65,000 licensed Architects and associated professionals. With headquarters in Washington, D.C. and nearly 300 state and local chapters worldwide, the A.I.A. helps to build public awareness of architecture and supports the practice of architecture.
In addition to meeting professional standards for licensure to practice architecture, A.I.A. members adhere to the A.I.A. Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, assuring clients, the public, and colleagues of their dedication to high standards of professional practice. A.I.A. members must also fulfill annual continuing education requirements to maintain their professional standing and stay current in the profession.
An A.I.A. licensed Architect pleges to protect the health, safety, and wellfare of the general public through the design of the built environment. BGI A.I.A. licensed Architects have all completed NAAB accreddited degrees in Architecture, have accomplished the required thousands of hours of internship under a licensed Architect, and have completed a rigorous 8 test exam sequence to become a licensed California Architect, A.I.A.
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THE STEPS INVOLVED IN DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION - WHAT TO EXPECT
STEP 1 – PROGRAMMING | DECIDING WHAT TO BUILD
The client and BGI discuss the requirements for the project (how many rooms, the function of the spaces, etc.), testing the fit between the owner's needs, wants, and budget.
STEP 2 – SCHEMATIC/CONCEPT DESIGN & ROUGH SKETCHES
BGI prepares a series of design sketches, known as the schematic design, which show the general arrangement of rooms and of the site. The client approves the schematic design before proceeding to the next phase.
STEP 3 - DESIGN DEVELOPMENT | REFINING THE DESIGN
BGI prepares more detailed drawings to illustrate other aspects of the proposed design. Floor plans show all the rooms in correct size and shape. Elevations show the building mass & character, and consideration of major materials & room finishes begins to be incorporated.
Design and construction projects involve several steps. Typically, projects go through the following seven phases. However, on some projects several of these steps may be combined or there may be additional ones.
STEP 4 - PREPARATION OF CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
Once the client has approved the design, BGI prepares detailed drawings and specifications, which the contractor will use to establish actual construction cost and build the project. These drawings and specifications become part of the building contract.
STEP 5 – BUILDING PROCESSING & PERMITTING
Construction documents are submitted to the applicable city & government agencies to obtain a building permit. Typically, the plans are submitted and processed by the contractor. However, BGI can provide permit processing as an additional service, which streamlines the process.
STEP 6 - HIRING THE CONTRACTOR
The client selects and hires the contractor. BGI may make contractor recommendations depending on the project. In many cases, clients choose from among several contractors they've asked to submit bids on the job. BGI can help you prepare bidding documents, invitations to bid, and prepare a contractors bid review & analysis.
STEP 7 – CONSTRUCTION OBSERVATION
While the contractor will physically build the home or addition, BGI can assist the client in making sure the project is built according to the plans and specifications. BGI can make site visits to observe construction, review and approve the contractor's applications for payment, and generally keep the client informed of the project's progress. The contractor is solely responsible for construction methods, techniques, schedules, and procedures.
AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
"Coastal Magazine" Union Tribune - Feature Article 'Gem in the Rough' - November 2018
"San Diego Home & Garden" - Cover & Feature Article - March 2017
"Coastal Magazine" Union Tribune - Feature Article 'Making Connections' - February 2017
"Coastal Magazine" Union Tribune - Feature Article 'A Step Back' - April 2016
"Coastal Magazine" Union Tribune - Feature Article 'Right Fit' - June 2015
"Coastal Magazine" Union Tribune - Feature Article 'Crowd Pleaser' - September 2014
"Coastal Magazine" Union Tribune - Feature Article 'Glamorous Glitz' - August 2013
"Coastal Magazine" Union Tribune - Feature Article 'Kid Friendly' - October 2012
Dream Home “Best Custom Home” Award – Carlsbad, CA – May 2009
Dream Home “Silver” Award – Best Interior Condominium – Del Mar, CA – May 2009
Dream Home “Silver” Award – Best Whole House Remodel – La Jolla, CA – May 2009
Lily Award “Excellence in Architecture” – Rancho Santa Fe, CA – May 1999
Lily Award “Excellence in Architecture” – Rancho Santa Fe, CA – May 1994
“San Diego Home” Magazine – A Union Tribune Publication Article: “French Connection” – Pages 46-51, Fall 2008 Issue
“Renovation Style” Magazine – Featured Project “Natural Evolution” Summer 2008
“Featured Home” – National Advertising Building Material Manufacturer. Builder and Developer Magazine – September 2004.
“South Coast Style” – Featured Architect – 3rd Edition 2003
“San Diego Home Book” – Featured Architect – January 2002
“Command Performance” – San Diego Union Tribune – February 2000
“Architects House Breaks Sales Record” – North County Times – January 2000
“In the Cottage Style” – Country Gardens Magazine – June 1999
“Ten Best Kitchens of San Diego” – San Diego Magazine – May 1994.