JCA’s three guiding principles are:
- To constantly push to higher levels of creativity through teamwork with our clients.
- To use cutting edge technology in maximizing each client’s learning experience and nuances of their projects.
- To integrate our extensive construction know-how to make the evolution from design to construction virtually seamless during field administration.
“We appreciate the trust that our clients have invested in us, and in return we continually deliver projects that exceed their expectations. That begins at our initial design meeting, and it doesn’t end.” – Joe Costantin
You’ll experience a climate of collaborative design where you become immersed. All efforts are made to make you feel welcome as you are the focus of each design concept. Ultimately each JCA client understands how this positive atmosphere will produce a home or business that reflects their greatest and highest aesthetic vision. For us, the prospect of continuing to service our clients at this level creates excitement for the entire JCA team as we look looks forward to continued opportunities to express our capabilities in the future!
Our Approach to every design challenge follows the same steps which prove successful time after time.
STEP 1: CREATIVITY THROUGH TEAMWORK
You and the JCA architectural staff develop a shared, very clear understanding of the direction along which the project will progress from the beginning. This process includes any other members of the peripheral design team such as interior designers, landscape architects, etc.
The development of detailed design starts only after discovering our client’s passions. We provide our clients with vast array of images to be viewed within our conference room to discuss interior and exterior details they wish to incorporate within their project. A variety of architectural plan configurations are reviewed to familiarize the clients with many possibilities for development. This enables us to establish project architectural philosophy and budget that will inform size and/or complexity of each design. The design team will walk the site with the client to discuss the best strategy for providing the program requirements and take advantage of the site views, also to maximize natural lighting by orienting rooms towards the sun. The benefits of energy saving LEED design initiatives and specifications are reviewed and incorporated as desired by the client.
STEP 2: DESIGN ILLUSTRATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
We incorporate AutoCAD and Revit systems which enable us to build a 3-dimensional virtual model from the outset of every project. On video in our conference room, we can guide you around your model and do “fly-overs, and walks-a-rounds”, which helps enable you to experience each interior space. When we combine the new virtual model with your site, you will see the anticipated effect of sunlight as it will pass over your home by utilizing seasonal solar orientation analyses. This easily enables you to see the integration of your project into site location very early on in the design process. Conventional stand-alone AutoCAD programs do not have this capability.
STEP 3: CONSTRUCTION KNOW-HOW
Due to the challenges of many of our projects; we draw heavily on the strength of our decades of hands on construction and administrative field direction experience. The extensive knowledge gained as previous builders, carpenters, framers and on-site supervisors ensures successful integration between the architectural team and project builders in implementing efficient solutions to design challenges.
JCA develops every project with a concern for our environmental resources.
In most cases, going beyond the minimal initial investment, green design is seen as an added investment for long-term savings. Strategic design improvements can allow owners to dramatically downsize or even eliminate costly equipment. When our design team incorporates add-on improvements to achieve true integrated design, they can neutralize or actually reduce a project’s first costs.
From the foundation of each design; all projects are developed through a material and environmental impact charrette that enables economical heating and cooling and helps to protect our natural resources.
Our staff is also trained and certified in developing LEED-based endorsements. These can be accomplished through methods like the proper solar orientation of building; geo-thermal cooling & radiant heat systems; maximized efficiency realized through the latest audio/video integration; spray foam insulation; fresh-air exchangers; maximum use of natural light sources; the proper separation of recyclable waste; promoting locally mined stone and many, many others.
Please ask us how we can make your project a healthier place to live!
Every project at JCA starts with a sketch. It is the fastest way to convey a concept of your new project. These loose sketches then become colored renderings and then ultimately 3D virtual models of your project; residential or commercial. View Our Sketchbook Sample