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5 Phases + Services

Jason Kipfer - Saturday, February 27, 2016
  1. Zedd provides Architecture, Design and Planning (A D P) services. Think of us as a partner, that will address the specific needs of your project to provide innovative, sustainable and smart solutions that add value and protect your investment. 

The partial listing of services below is organized into the traditional 5 phases, and is independent of market sector and applies to all building types and sizes, project delivery models and new or renovated construction.


We may also be engaged for “partial services”, i.e., for one or more, but not all, phases.


Schematic Design Phase

• Assemble and review requirements of local authorities (e.g., site plan control, zoning or

  land use, and code requirements) and assist in obtaining approvals.

  1. •  Assist in developing project schedule.
  2. • Assist in determining requirements for such site information as: Legal survey; Topographic 
  3.   survey; Geotechnical investigation and environmental reports.
  4. • Assist in determining if construction budget and client program are compatible.
  5. • Assist in determining the structural and building services systems to be used in the project.
  6. • Review alternate design approaches in reference to the construction budget and project 
  7.   schedule with client.
  8. • Schematic Design documents such as: Site plan; Principal floor plans; Building sections; 
  9.   Elevations; Project data (zoning and code analysis)
  10. • 3D concept drawings and renderings
  11. • Assist client with submissions and process for approval by authorities having jurisdiction.

Design Development Phase

• Prepare design development documents including area calculations (net and gross),

  including site coverage, density, floor space ratio, height and setback requirements.

• Coordinate with consultants as required, to illustrate and describe their portions of the



Construction Documents Phase

• Prepare construction documents in compliance with applicable codes and regulations

  and coordinate with all consultants to do the same for their aspects of the project.

• Advise client regarding project delivery method, construction contracts, and bidding and

  contract award procedures.

• Review project bidding schedule and bidding process with client.

• Sign and seal drawings, specifications, and other documents as may be required by local


• Assist client in their application for a building permit.


Construction Procurement Phase

• Assist and advise the client in obtaining bids or negotiated proposals.

• Record bid document inquiries received and answers provided.

• Prepare and issue addenda as necessary, including signed and sealed drawings and

  specifications, coordinating all consultants’ input.

• Analyze bids or negotiated proposals.

• Advise the client on selection and implications of alternatives as applicable.

• Assist the client and contractor in award, preparation and execution of the construction



Contract Admin Phase Phase

• Request and receive such post-bid information/submittals as: Performance bond;

  Labour and material payment bond; Insurance certificates; and Workers compensation


• Obtain and review the contractor’s construction schedule at onset of construction


• As the payment certifier, obtain and review contractor’s schedule of values.

• Establish and or advise regarding lines of communication between all parties concerned

  (i.e., contractors, the client and/or the client’s representative, consultants).

• Establish requirements for testing and inspection of specific materials and work by

  inspection and testing companies.

• Review shop drawings, samples and other submittals. Instruct the consultants to review

  as appropriate; coordinate results.

• Conduct field reviews to determine whether construction is in general conformity with

  building permit and contract documents.

• Review all contemplated changes and change directives with respect to design and

  scope in consultation with client.

• Sign and seal applicable letters of assurance, as appropriate, for general compliance of

  construction with building permit documents.

• As the payment certifier, evaluate work performed and materials supplied in relation to

  the contractor’s applications for payment and statutory declarations, and issue signed

  and sealed certificates for payment, in the value proportionate to the amount of the

  contract and the contractor’s schedule of values, of work performed and products

  delivered to the place of the work.

• As the payment certifier:

- Receive, from the contractor, application for Certificate of Substantial Performance,

  statutory declaration and list of items to be completed or corrected;

- Carry out site visit for substantial performance;

- Review findings in relation to contract and provincial lien legislation;

- Determine date and certify substantial performance (signed and sealed) or notify the

  contractor if substantial performance (signed and sealed) not certified, and provide

  reasons, with deficiency list;

- Obtain and review required documents for release of lien holdback monies; and

- Issue certificate for payment (signed and sealed) for release of lien holdback monies,

  as appropriate.

• Advise owner to attend demonstrations of systems including take-over of applicable

  operating systems and instructions, confirm receipt by owner of: Warranties; Certificates

  of inspection; Equipment manuals; Workers compensation certificates; Operating

  instructions; Keying schedules; Maintenance stock; Record drawings; and Other specified


• As the payment certifier:

- Receive from the contractor application for final payment and statutory declaration.

- Carry out site visit for final payment.

- Review findings in relation to contract and provincial lien legislation.

- Notify contractor if project not found to be complete.

- Issue certificate for payment (signed and sealed) of deficiency holdback for work,

  as appropriate, based on contractor’s application for final payment.

• Prior to the end of one year following the date of substantial performance, review any

  deficiencies that have been observed and reported during that period and notify the

  contractor of items requiring attention.




Visionaries of 'The Cube'

Jason Kipfer - Saturday, October 17, 2015


david yuhasz and jason kipfer of zedd architecture found themselves on what must have been the coldest day of the year inside the concrete cube of 304 Talbot Street, flashlights in hand, literally measuring it's potential. Selected by York Developments, zedd was to take this gritty concrete bunker and former storage facility and transform it to an industrial chic office building for London‘s burgeoning tech community....and get it done yesterday. It was the Family Day, long weekend.

zedd architecture is a relatively new player in London’s design and architecture scene. Having taken up space in SoHo across from the Roundhouse on Horton Street in their own version of the Cube (with space carved from a former fish market warehouse) they, like many creative companies and the people they employ, gravitate and thrive in unique transformed spaces with high ceilings and abundant light.

Flash to the present and 304 Talbot, now known as The Cube, is nearing completion and about to house the digital media company, Arcane. The Cube is a prime example of adaptive reuse of an outdated building and zedd architecture is pleased to have been selected as the architectural designers for the project and part of the team for this successful transformation.


Welcoming new team member

Jason Kipfer - Tuesday, September 08, 2015


             zedd architecture is happy to announce the hiring of Max Sim in the full-time position of Intermediate Architectural Technologist. Max is a Graduate of the Architectural Technology program at Georgian College in Barrie, has a Certificate of Green Architecture from Algonquin College in Ottawa and has a small building BCIN.

Max is an ongoing member of the RAIC Syllabus program working towards a Diploma of Architecture. Max has no free time, but if he did he would spend it with his wife getting to know his new home in London. We're glad he made the move from Ottawa and welcome him to zedd!




Jason Kipfer - Friday, June 19, 2015

Intermediate Architectural Technologist


zedd architecture is passionate about providing high quality design. We believe that great design inspires and we can help our communities thrive economically, socially and culturally, one building at a time.

zedd is a local practice with significant experience in residential, commercial and hospitality type projects. We are seeking a career minded architectural professional for the immediate, full-time position of intermediate architectural technologist.

Duties & Responsibilities
The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, resourceful and adept at participating in the various roles and responsibilities within an architectural practice that are required to deliver projects from initial concept through construction documents and contract admin.

Minimum Skills, Qualifications & Experience
•  Diploma in Architectural Technology
•  3-5 years of experience in professional Architect’s office with a diversified range of     project types
•  Must be proficient in Revit
•  Must have thorough knowledge of the OBC
•  Familiarity with building systems and construction methods
•  Fluent in English with excellent interpersonal skills, both written and verbal
•  Ability to work in small team and multi-task with a variety of clients
•  Drivers License with ability to travel to job sites on occasion

•  Familiarity with city approval process including urban design and zoning requirements,     site plan approval and building permit process
•  Experience in creating company templates and Revit families
•  Experience in Revit file sharing over a WAN
•  Achievement of professional credentials will be taken into account; LEED AP,     BCIN, Member of AATO, etc.
  • •  Preference given to local applicants

  • zedd architecture prides itself in providing exceptional service to our clientele and design excellence at any scale. We are seeking a candidate that shares these values and is looking to grow with us.

    Please forward resumes and cover letter by email only to info@zeddarchitecture.com with “Intermediate Technologist” in the subject line.

    We thank all applicants for their interest but will only be contacting those selected for an interview. All applications will be treated in confidence.

    David Yuhasz appointed to the UDPRP and LHAC

    Jason Kipfer - Saturday, February 21, 2015

     zedd architecture is pleased to announce that Partner - David Yuhasz has been appointed to both the City of London Urban Design Peer Review Panel for the position of Design Professional (Senior Architect) and the LHAC, London Housing Advisory Commitee.


    The UDPRP provides experienced observations, opinions and input on selected planning and development applications throughout the City of London. The Panel consists of professionals in a range of disciplines including Architects, Planners, Urban Designers and Landscape Architects. The Panel's recommendations are forwarded to Planning and Development Staff for consideration and reference for Staff recommendations in the Planning process.

    Yuhasz will serve a two-year tenure, ending December 2017.  


    The London Housing Advisory Committee reports to the Municipal Council, through the Community and Protective Services Committee. The London Housing Advisory Committee serves as a resource, information gathering and advisory body to the Municipal Council on matters pertaining to housing in the City of London. 






    London Calling...

    Jason Kipfer - Friday, October 31, 2014

    To developers with “compelling visions” for the five hectare, city-owned strategic piece of riverfront property also known as the Old Victoria Hospital lands.


     image by The Planning Partnership from: City of London, old victoria hospital lands, land use options, April 15 2013 Draft


    On Wednesday October 22nd, the city of London’s planning department released its request for “expressions of interest” from developers for the site in the SoHo neighbourhood, the area south of Horton St. and east of Wellington Rd. north of the river. Developers have until Dec. 18 to show their interest.


    Planners see the site’s redevelopment as a way to revitalize the neighbourhood, boost nearby downtown by increasing the number of core-area residents, and enhance a key piece of riverfront.


    Zedd architecture is located in SoHo at the doorstep to this exciting development and we have a wide spectrum of experience in many building typologies in local, regional and various international locations for residential projects, commercial retail/office buildings and adaptive reuse of existing structures.


    We invite interested developers to contact us to see how we can help deliver this compelling vision.


    See the London Free Press article here. Interested parties should visit the City's web page here.

    The London Plan

    Jason Kipfer - Thursday, October 30, 2014



    Over the last two years, thousands of Londoners participated in the ReThink London process - a widespread community discussion which, at its core, focused on the fundamental question “what kind of city do we want to live in 20 years from now?

    The result is the London Plan. The London Plan is currently a 'draft' version of the next Official Plan which council is considering. It is a 20 year plan that sets out the vision, principles, priorities, strategies, policies and directions for London to the year 2035. It goes beyond being a land-use document and considers many things such as: demographics, managing the cost of growth, London's economy, transportation, affordability challenges, climate change, managing of farmland and more.


    Some interesting stats: 

    The city’s population will grow by over 77,000 people and our employment will grow by 43,000 net new jobs between 2015 and 2035.


    The costs of growth associated with a compact form of development over the next 50 years could cost us $2.7 billion less than accommodating the same population growth in a spread configuration.


    1-in-3 Londoners will be 55 years old or more by 2035.


    Within North America, the ‘Millenials’ age group (born between 1980 and 2000) is similar in size or larger than the “Baby Boomers”. Their interests and demands are different than those of the ‘Boomers’. The city needs to address their needs in order to attract and retain them.


    About one-in-five Londoners are “new Canadians” and London’s population speaks about 100 different languages combined.


    Through the ReThink London process, Londoners told us repeatedly that transportation is a critical issue that must be addressed in our future.


    A 2014 study by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers stated that “…the population has clearly shown a desire to move back to the urban core”.


    Only 5% of the Canadian land mass is classified as prime agricultural land. And, only 0.5% is classified as Class 1 Agricultural Land. However, in London, this rare Class 1 Agricultural Land is prevalent, with the majority of our agricultural land considered to be Class 1.

    This Plan is important for the City and its future and you still have a chance to get involved. Planners have asked for all comments to be submitted by mid-November 2014 for consideration but will receive them up to the statutory public participation meeting which is anticipated for March 2015.

    View the London Plan online at: www.thelondonplan.ca
    Download the full PDF version here.
    Contact Heather McNeely, Senior Planner at 519-661-2500 ext. 5074, hmcneely@london.ca
    Email: ReThink@London.ca | Twitter: @ReThinkLdn | Facebook: ReThink London


      More Choice for Wood Frame Construction

      Jason Kipfer - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

      Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing


      Province of Ontario Allowing Wood Frame Buildings Up To Six Storeys


      Ontario is introducing safer, more flexible and affordable design options for the construction of wood frame buildings.

      Through changes to the Ontario Building Code, wood frame buildings can now be built up to six storeys high , raising the limit from four storeys.

      The changes give builders a safe option that can help make building a home more affordable and support more attractive, pedestrian-oriented buildings that enhance streetscapes while continuing to protect the safety of residents and firefighters.

      New safety requirements for wood frame buildings that include building stairwells with non-combustible materials and roofs that are combustion resistant now make Ontario's regulations the most rigorous in Canada.




      Safe and flexible building options that help make housing more affordable and support our forest industry is part of the government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate.

      Quick Facts:
      Changes to the Building Code allowing up to six-storey wood-frame buildings start Jan. 1, 2015. Ontario’s mid-rise wood frame construction requirements offer the highest degree of public and firefighter safety in Canada. Most European Union and several North American jurisdictions allow wood-frame buildings up to six storeys. In British Columbia, over 50 wood  frame buildings have been built since its building code was changed in 2009. More demand for mid-rise wood buildings may help generate new demand for forestry products, which currently supports more than 150,000  direct and indirect jobs in more than 260 communities across Ontario.

      Wood is the only building material that is both renewable and recyclable. It’s a sustainable resource we have in our own backyard. This change in the Building Code is something that I've been lobbying for over the past number of years and will undoubtedly help to stimulate our forestry sector while we continue to create more jobs.”

      Michael Gravelle
      MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

      “Building Code changes to mid-rise wood construction will give builders and the public even safer, more flexible building options . Our made-in-Ontario model for mid-rise wood provides the highest requirements for fire safety in Canada.”

      Ted McMeekin

      Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing


      To read more go to Wood WORKS! Ontario

      zedd architecture in London's Lifestyle magazine

      Jason Kipfer - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

      Click here for full article.





      The Benefits of Hiring an Architect

      Jason Kipfer - Tuesday, May 13, 2014
      There are many benefits to hiring an architect. Aside from being able to drop lines to your friends like, "My architect is taking care of that for me", or"Excuse me while I take this call from my architect", an architect brings many advantages to ensure a successful project; they will:

      1. Assess your projects needs and help you set a viable and realistic budget
      2. Help you define and create what you want to build
      3. Ensure you receive the highest level of design and professionalism
      4. Guide you through the planning and permit process
      5. Manage consultants such as surveyors and engineers
      6. Obtain competitive quotes for the work
      7. Monitor the budget so you don’t overpay

      scavolini kitchen
      scavolini kitchen - zedd architecture office

      8. Create value for your investment
      9. Inspect the work right through the construction period
      10. Ensure the quality and level of finishes you expect
      11. Help mitigate cost overruns and advise on extras
      12. Manage the entire design and construction process
      13. Fully coordinate the work of the extended design team
      14. Advocate for you ensuring your best interests are served
      15. Authorize payments to ensure proper accounting

      If those reasons aren't enough to consider using an architect, consider this: architect's offices are often really nice places to visit. You'll also get a preview into their creativity and persona expressed in their daily surroundings. It's where I like to hang out!

      That's a pretty high-level overview of what can be a very complex and multi-faceted process, but if you're considering a new investment in land and property or trying to maximize a current investment, we are here to answer your questions.

      Please feel free to contact us. (Did I mention that we have great espresso?) 


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