Entitlements & Permitting
Acquiring entitlements and permits from local jurisdictions gets more difficult each year. We help our clients navigate their way through the endless maze with established systems and contacts that enable City staff dialogue early in the process. We formulate a plan of action on a case-by-case basis to assist clients achieve their entitlements and permits as expediently as possible.
VMI's experienced architects have designed numerous new homes and major remodels for homes in the greater bay area, including San Rafael, Ross, Kentfield, Sausalito, Novato, San Anselmo, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Corte Madera, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Orinda, Lafayette, Richmond, El Cerrito, Moraga, San Francisco and Sonoma.
Our clients rely on us to determine and translate the (sometimes) very complicated California (Title 24) and the Federal (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility standards. We provide this service in existing structures as well as for new construction.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Using the latest three-dimensional technologies (such as REVIT), we model projects to anticipate and eliminate construction and design problems between the architectural, structural and MEP disciplines; to analyze energy efficiency; to verify construction costs; and to help our clients and coordinating municipalities visualize the design.
Site Feasibility Studies
Most often, diligent research prior to beginning a project determines the project's overall success. We provide a report thoroughly compiling and presenting all aspects of a site's opportunities and constraints. The report will be helpful throughout the life of the project from land acquisition to project occupancy, minimizing unexpected costs and delays.
Corporate Program Specialists
At VMI architecture we have developed processes within our company to accommodate the specialized design and program management needs of major corporate clients.
Most often, sites that are available for build out are urban in-fill and crowded with existing constraints that make important issues such as circulation, parking, visibility, and accessibility very difficult. Our years of experience dealing with various site conditions and various jurisdictions have made us very adept at configuring the best site layout for the proposed use, developing quick sketches that illustrate the design intent for client’s review, saving time and resources.
Solar Panels / Green Building
The knowledge and expertise of our LEED Accredited Professional and Build it Green architects and engineering consultants allow us to incorporate sustainable design concepts into our designs. We embrace every opportunity to promote Green Building technology and we can explain potential opportunities, products, pitfalls, costs and savings to our clients.
Our experience stretches from space planning to materials, finishes, lighting, and color selections to ensure an integrated design that compliments your building's architecture and makes the occupants happy and healthy - our designer is certified in sustainable furnishings. We can help you choose paint, surfaces and furnishings that are low or no VOC, come from recycled or certified forests, and avoid harmful off-gassing. We are also available to accompany our clients "to the trade" only showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center.
Fire Renovation Services
VMI has completed several local fire renovation projects, helping homeowners to get their projects to meet current code requirements required for permits to move forward with restoring their homes. Recent fire renovation projects include an apartment building in San Rafael and a residence in Ross, as well as several restaurant projects.