4. Contract Signing and Design Review
After pricing is prepared and sent to the owner, general contractor, or architect, structural engineers typically become highly involved in the design review process, which starts after a 10% deposit is paid. While we seek to offer recommendations based on material availability, experience, and manufacturing processes, we rely on engineers to give the final word on the acceptable connections, structural posts and beams, and other elements of the design. Other engineers and consultants are often involved in this stage so that the end result is a set of drawings that will later inform our production and installation processes, and can have an impact on energy models, hygrothermal models, and other elements of the design.