SERVICES

Terrazia specializes in creating high-performance Commercial & Residential Projects (new & renovation) with a deeper specialty of Design/Build delivery of new Tilt-Up Concrete Buildings.

Pre-Design Services

We often see people moving projects into the design phase before the research is even started. This is like a doctor starting surgery without a thorough diagnosis. Pre-design services that analyze owner goals, project sites, space needs, costs and timelines is essential to avoid being surprised by budget overruns, time delays and low performing projects.

 

You may want to consider any or all of the following Pre-Design Services to ensure your project has a solid foundation for success:

Budget/Scope Reconciliation: Establish a well conceived foundation upon which to build your design. First we can help you identify your project performance goals, then define quantity, quality, timeline & costs in order to establish a realistic project budget & schedule before you launch into costly design. Low investment for big return.

Functional Space Programming: Define the project size & scope. We interview project stakeholders to identify functional space needs & relationships to define project scope so budget can be properly reconciled. Important step to analyze site & begin design process.

Site Evaluation/Analysis: Identify site constraints & opportunities before purchasing or designing. We can analyze one or multiple possible project sites to identify zoning/code restrictions, environmental/geological issues, utilities accessibility, building location/fit & other issues so you can make informed decisions. Developing a project on the wrong site can cost a fortune while understanding the opportunities can make for a superior project.

Preliminary Code Review: A preliminary code review will define or identify important issues related to building Use Group/Occupancy, Construction Type classification, area and height limitations, fire separation distances, fire protection measures, public right-of way, primary means of egress, etc. This valuable information will establish relevant design parameters for the building. This early data can impact project budget and schedule.

Design Services

High performance buildings create appropriate environments where people can work efficiently, live healthy and play safely. Terrazia ensures that owner’s project performance objectives are understood by all stakeholders and achieved through collaborative teamwork throughout project development. Where we work, live and play matters! Our designs are developed using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, which creates virtual 3D building models that make it easy to visualize the design and convey design intent.

 

Architects vary in their design values and such values inform their project solutions as well as how they engage their clients. Consider following:

 

Aesthetic Design Value: Our approach is that thoughtful and well informed solutions should inform the aesthetics, not the other way around or for purposes of designer self-expression.

 

Consultation Design Value: We strongly encourage early involvement of project stakeholders in the design process because it leads to more timely and informed decisions, resulting in projects that perform as intended and delivered on time and on budget.

 

Sustainability Design Value: A robust environmentally friendly building approach is beneficial to users, society and future generations due to fostering frugal energy conservation, resource management, recycling, toxic-free materials etc.

 

Resiliency Design Value: There is no greater blow to sustainability than destruction. Therefore being Resilient is an essential prerequisite for being “sustainably” green.

 

Economic Design Value: Initial design and construction costs typically account for some 15% of a building’s life cycle costs. Therefore we regularly inform project stakeholders on life cycle costs so they can make informed decisions that impact their long-term triple bottom line.

Documentation Services

Via stakeholder collaboration, we create detailed design solutions & highly technical construction drawings & specifications using Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. When the design phase concludes it is critically important that those decisions are clearly communicated for construction purposes via project-appropriate and fully coordinated documents. BIM software reduces discrepancies and assists with team coordination that minimizes building systems conflicts. This saves time and money.

 

High quality documents are necessary because they are the basis for:

 

  • Obtaining building permits from local authorities,
  • Contractor and sub-contractor pricing,
  • Materials procurement,
  • Projecr phasing & sequencing and
  • On-site construction

 

Poorly coordinated and incomplete documents can result in unnecessary time delays and cost change orders. We do not claim to create perfect documents, but our experience has shown us how to minimize problem documentation.

 

The amount and type of documentation will depend on the project delivery method. Typically, the traditional design-bid-build method requires extensive documentation because contractors must competitively bid equally and assume minimal design intent. A Design-Build or Team-Build documentation can be less extensive because the contractor/builder is more engaged in the project and can allow appropriate costs to cover design intent. Our preference is for the Design-Build or Team-Build delivery as it saves time, can be most cost effective for all parties, minimizes cross-party conflicts and provides the owner with a single source of responsibility.

Construction Services

Terrazia provides team guidance and stakeholder communications during the construction phase to ensure design, code and owner’s performance objectives are satisfied.

 

Our preferred method of project delivery is to integrate the design and construction teams so the owner receives comprehensive and pragmatic guidance throughout project design and construction. This Design-Build or Team-Build process also has the benefit of single source responsibility that minimizes conflict. We don’t just manage, we deliver on time and on budget.

Post-Construction Services

Upon completion of construction we ensure that the owner receives written instructions and product warranties so the building can be operated and maintained appropriately.

 

Within one year after building occupancy, we conduct a warranty and performance inspection and provide a written report to the owner describing any items that deserve correction or replacement.

 

You can count on us to be a trusted resource and advisor long after the project is completed.

Education: High-Performance Strategies

Terrazia holds various workshops, presentations, and seminars for design and building professionals, government and code officials, students and other groups to educate them on high performance building strategies. These live learning sessions are a great way to not only educate your team on the latest in high performance building, but also provide a forum to discuss how to apply the strategies learned to your current projects.

 

Currently we are offering free educational sessions with continuing education credits on following topics:

 

Build with Strength (The Case for Building High-Performance Concrete Buildings): Learn how concrete construction is the simplest and most effective strategy to create resilient and sustainable high-performance facilities for our communities. We demonstrate that we cannot afford to not build with strong resilient concrete.

 

Paving the Way to Sustainability: Learn how our parking lots, streets and highways can be lower cost and more sustainable while also providing stakeholders with low maintenance, safe and efficient paving solutions? Hint, it’s all about benefits of concrete over asphalt. Note: we also offer a spin-off session focused on local concrete parking lots.

 

Paving the Way to Stormwater Management:Learn how our parking lots and streets can serve as cost-effective, low maintenance, durable paving as well as an effective low impact stormwater best management practice? Note: we also offer a spin-off session focused on pervious concrete parking lots.

 

Want to organize a free lunch and learn session or workshop? Contact us.

Value Engineering

Ninety percent of a project’s performance is determined in the first ten percent of design. Terrazia teams with seasoned experts to assist owner’s project design teams early in the design process to help determine best performance & costs as a way to achieve maximum Return On Investment. Engage us at the early conceptual design phase to make greatest performance & cost impact.

Project Performance Evaluation

Terrazia regularly teams with the Roanoke Cement Company, Procon and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) as a free design service to assist owners and their project teams to evaluate building envelopes, paving and stormwater management systems for implementing high performance concrete solutions. The NRMCA Design Assistance Program offers free energy, life cycle cost and LEED analyses for the building envelope and it provides free concrete pavement design and specifications. You can’t beat free!

 

A building can be designed and built to high performance standards, but if it is not operated and maintained properly, those good intentions can be wasted. That is why we have been conducting building performance audits since the 1970’s. The audits can include utility, energy and building envelope evaluations. Let’s not waste our resources unnecessarily.

 

Third party certifications, such as LEED and Passive House US (Passivhaus) are a great way to verify a project’s performance just as college degrees verify educational accomplishments and state licensees verify professional capabilities. We offer certification guidance and documentation services to owners, architects and contractors. Let us help you prove it!

New Buildings

Since 1974, Architect and President of Terrazia, Steve Sunderman has been designing affordable and efficient tilt-up concrete commercial, industrial, religious and educational buildings all across the United States and Saudi Arabia. His personal in-depth experience with concrete construction combined with his passion for energy efficiency provides exceptional value to his new commercial project clients.

 

PRO-TILT is our special construction system that capitalizes on the efficiency and durability of concrete tilt-up walls to provide our clients with superior buildings that pay back over and over again. Terrazia teams with Procon and others to provide comprehensive design and construction services to deliver partial or entire building envelopes as a subcontract for general construction services. We also team with select general contractors to provide complete turn-key design-build projects.

 

Terrazia can be a key player in creating the synergy necessary for an integrated planning, design and construction process that ensures a highly successful project. We can help identify issues that will inform the building design and operations such that it can be constructed economically and perform as intended throughout its life cycle.

Building Renovations

Renovating an existing building can be a challenge to do cost-effectively and still provide desired performance. As you consider renovating or improving an existing building, engage Terrazia early to make sure your project will best satisfy your cost, schedule and performance objectives – now and in the future.

 

When one considers that some 95% of our annual total building stock consists of existing buildings and most of them were designed and built to much lower performance standards than today’s new buildings, it is easy to see that we can have the greatest financial and environmental impact by improving our existing facilities. It’s not just good for society, it’s good for business!

Design-Build Commercial Projects

Terrazia teams with local design & construction experts to deliver high-performance projects that achieve exceptional Return On Investment for its clients, especially when we implement our Pro-Tilt system. We do our best to make it easy for you.

 

Our preferred method of project delivery is to integrate the design and construction teams so the owner receives comprehensive and pragmatic guidance throughout project design and construction. This Design-Build or Team-Build process also has the benefit of single source responsibility that minimizes conflict. We don’t just manage, we deliver on time and on budget.

Project Examples Exteriors

Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op – Additions and Renovations

Dunkin Donuts/Verizon Store – Branch Management

Valley Point Tenant Improvements – Branch Management

Project Unity – PROCON with Architect Morgan Gick McBeath Assoc.

First Southern Baptist Church – PAC Architects (Steve Sunderman Architect)

Gateway Baptist School Addition and Renovation – Blacksburg, VA

Family Dollar Renovation – Branch Management

Buena Vista Church

Rivermont Autism School Renovation – Branch Management

 

Project Examples Interiors

Buena Vista Church

Rivermont Autism School

Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op

First Southern Baptist Church

Gateway Baptist Church

Verizon Store

Dunkin Donuts Store

 

Affordable commercial and industrial buildings designed and built to high-performance standards provide superior return on investment for our clients while also improving our communities. We specialize in creating high-performance buildings so all stakeholders can conduct their businesses efficiently, safely and profitably.

The best way to predict the future is to design it now.

Terrazia designs & teams with local builders to deliver cost-effective high quality homes that are comfortable, safe, efficient, durable, low maintenance & a joy in which to live & play.

We provide thoughtful custom home designs that are crafted to enhance the owner’s lifestyle while also providing building efficiency, durability and low maintenance, as well as a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. Our innovative approach to design capitalizes on proven construction methods.

Multi-Family Residential

Custom Homes

Home Renovations and Additions

Resilient & Sustainable Building Strategies

On behalf of Roanoke Cement Company and NRMCA, Terrazia promotes high performance buildings using concrete construction strategies. Educational seminars are provided as free lunch and learn sessions for the design and construction community as well as facilities owners, building officials and the general public.

Concrete Design Assistance, Specifications and Construction

Terrazia regularly collaborates with the NRMCA, ACI, PROCON and Roanoke Cement Company to provide free concrete design assistance, specifications, cost estimates and construction guidance to facilities stakeholders such as civil engineers, contractors, building owners & local building officials.

Sustainable Paving and Stormwater Management

On behalf of Roanoke Cement Company, Terrazia provides educational seminars promoting sustainable paving and stormwater management. These seminars are provided free to the design and construction community as well as facilities owners, building officials and the general public.

Project Pre-Design

Avoid being surprised by budget overruns, time delays and low performing projects. Terrazia can provide low cost site evaluations; space programming; code reviews; budget/scope reconciliations and more as a means to establish a solid foundation upon which to launch the design process. The resulting reports can be used by any architect as a basis for design solutions.

Value Engineering

Ninety percent of a project’s performance is determined in the first ten percent of design. Terrazia teams with seasoned experts to assist owner’s project design teams early in the design process to help determine best performance & costs as a way to achieve maximum Return On Investment. Engage us at the early conceptual design phase to make greatest performance & cost impact.

LEED Certification

Terrazia fully supports and promotes the USGBC LEED certification program. We provide LEED documentation, coordination and certification services for building owners, design teams and construction contractors.

High-performing facilities provide an unprecedented opportunity to increase revenue and profitability, drive innovation, increase efficiency and attract and retain top talent. Turn good intention into profitable action by setting an example for others while leading your industry.

We offer a full spectrum of high performance consulting services in order to promote sustainable building practices and achieve the triple bottom line for our clients and all of society.

Build with Strength

There is no greater blow to sustainability than destruction. Therefore being resilient is an essential prerequisite for being sustainably green. And it saves lives.

 

Contact us to arrange a free lunch and learn session at your location and convenience.

The Case for Sustainability

Discusses how green building practices can save natural resources, protect our environment, save money and promote healthy and safe buildings for people.

 

Contact us to arrange a free lunch and learn session at your location and convenience.

Paving the Way to Sustainability

Describes how our parking lots, streets & highways can be more sustainable while also providing low cost, safe and durable paving solutions.

 

Contact us to arrange a free lunch and learn session at your location and convenience.

Paving the Way to Stormwater Management

Describes how parking lots can serve as an effective low impact stormwater management system as well as a cost-effective, low maintenance, durable paving strategy.

 

Contact us to arrange a free lunch and learn session at your location and convenience.

Terrazia holds various workshops, presentations, and seminars for design and building professionals, government and code officials, students and other groups to educate them on high performance building strategies and practices. These free educational presentations are sponsored by the Roanoke Cement Company.

These live learning sessions are a great way to not only educate your team on the latest in high performance building, but also provide a forum to discuss how to apply the strategies learned to your current projects.

Want to organize a lunch and learn or workshop? Contact Us.

Free Initial Consultation

Whether your organization is a non-profit or for-profit entity, Terrazia can help you identify and achieve the most appropriate and cost-effective high performance goals for your new and existing facilities.

Contact us for a free initial consultation to see if our services will be a benefit to you and your organization.