Architects, Engineers, and Contractors – What You Need to Know

Architects, Engineers, and Contractors – What You Need to Know

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When it comes to new home construction, renovation projects, or property development – commercial or residential – it is important to know you have a quality team of professionals guiding your project. Depending on the scope of your project, you will likely require the services of an architect, engineer, and contractor to see you project through from planning to completion successfully.  The expertise of the industry professionals you chose will help you design and create the spaces you need with function, safety, aesthetics, and longevity in mind. Ultimately the goal of each of these professionals is to ensure your project is completed on time, within budget, and with premium quality materials and workmanship, their roles and responsibilities within your project are unique. 


Architects are individuals who are expert in building design and construction, qualified to perform architectural services, and are registered and licensed to do so. In nearly every building project from renovation to new construction, the services of a professional architect are justified. An architect ensures the overall aesthetic of the property, but also the functionality and safety, as well as the budget and needs of the property owner. Architects are expert in the combination of  space utilization,  design development, and function. A well-qualified architect will know building codes in your area and can help solve issues during the initial design phases and recommend needed design changes. Architects work from the start of your plan ensuring your design, structure, materials, and site harmoniously achieve your wants and needs.


Engineers take the next step, working with the architect on your project to ensure technical systems – mechanical, electrical, structural, and more – coordinate with design principals to deliver real world applications. An engineer will determine any functional limits during the design development and collaborate with the architect on areas like strength and stability of your structure’s design and materials, along with electrical and mechanical systems design. Engineers tend to specialize in one area and are often called upon during your design and build when their expertise is required.


Contractors coordinate your project for planning to completion, ensuring your project is delivered on time, on budget, always with highest quality. The contractor is the final crucial part of your renovation or new construction team. From your design plans, your contractor brings your project to life, from coordinating sub-contractors to sourcing building materials to meeting with your architect and building inspectors. The contractor ensures your design is followed through construction and fulfilled at completion of your project. Your contractor not only knows the best sub-contractors and suppliers, but is also an expert in the rules, regulations, procedures, and building codes in your locality. He or she will see that permits and licensing are handled properly and help you avoid any untimely delays in your renovation or new construction. Contractors work to ensure your project is completed successfully, handling the unexpected issues as they arise with knowledge and expertise. Plus, professional contractors are licensed and provide the needed insurance coverage should an incident occur during your construction project. Ultimately, your contractor will handle the details, communicating effectively with you and the other members of your team, to see your project to successful completion.

Architects, Engineers, and Contractors

The architect, engineers, and contractor you choose for your renovation or new construction will work together, with their unique skill sets to see that your project is completed successfully meeting all your requirements, on time, on budget, and with the highest quality available. 

Are you ready to start your renovation or new build? Paterson Project Management is ready to help – guiding your project from start to finish, successfully.