Frequently Asked Questions
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Below are some of the common questions we receive. Our hope is that these responses may help guide you as you approach or progress through your project. Still have questions or prefer to schedule a consultation about your specific project? Please contact us.
HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH A PROJECT?
Once I hire you, what are the first steps in designing my project?
What is the fee for your service?
Many times, we will propose that our fees during the construction phase of the project be handled on an hourly (or “time and materials”) basis. In this way, you are only charged for the time we actually spend, which can be an advantage for both parties given the uncertainty of how many questions the contractors will have and what situations they might encounter in the field.
How quickly can you start work on my project?
I just need someone to review what I plan to do, perform a quick room analysis, or answer a few specific questions. Can you do that?
We are sometimes asked to provide a peer review of another designer’s work. We are happy to do so, but only if the other firm is made aware of the situation.
What are the project deliverables?
Do you perform consultation via the phone or email, or do you travel to the project site, or do I travel to your offices?
How can a consultant in Texas effectively design a project somewhere else?
How much will a project like this cost?
Generally speaking, if you have an idea of “standard” construction costs in your area expressed in $/sq.ft. (for example, basic office finish-out for a commercial space, or the overall average for a residence), the corresponding $/sq.ft. costs for technical spaces will usually be several times that amount.
When should we get an acoustical consultant involved in the design process?
Now, if not earlier (just kidding). It’s a misconception to think that acoustical design can effectively be added on once the project design has gotten a ways down the road. Our involvement at the time the project scope is defined can give you greater certainty that the spaces are the right size for the kinds of things you want to do, and that you haven’t overlooked essential functions or missed opportunities to make the spaces more efficient. Having us evaluate possible sites, whether as land for new construction or an existing building, can save you the heartache of discovering problems after a property is purchased.
Does RBDG provide construction for my project?
No, we are a design firm. If you need recommendations for contractors who can build your facility, or if you’d like us to assist in vetting bidders or candidates for a negotiated contract, we’d be happy to help.
Does RBDG provide the electronic equipment and wire it?
Not as work that we perform ourselves. We provide design for the built environment. Many times our clients know the equipment and systems they expect to install, or they have an integrator or installer they already work with. If you need recommendations for someone to help with that portion of the project, or if you’d like us to hire a sub- consultant to provide those services under our agreement with you, we’d be happy to discuss it with you.
If I already have an architect, how do you work with them?
Is it okay for my contractor to call you with questions during the build out of my studio?
What things should I be looking for in a building?
Will you execute a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?
I see a lot of recent advertisements for very thin acoustic treatments that claim amazing results with very little coverage. Have the laws of physics changed?
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