THE PHILOSOPHY of ARFAi

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THE FIRM

Alvin Reinhard Fritz Architect Inc. (ARFAI) is an Architectural Firm providing Professional Consulting Services to a diverse clientele on a wide spectrum of building types.  Notable by our many repeat clients who have recognized a diligent firm with excellent design ability, a strong technical base, proficiency in schedule production, and an ability to bring their projects in on budget.

The complete scope of services which are provided by this firm are as outlined in the “Canadian Standard Form of Agreement Between Client and Architect - Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Document 6”, which can be provided upon request.

We encourage detailed input from our respective clients and their user groups in order to identify our Architectural program as closely as possible. Comprehensive Architectural and Functional Programming is provided, as required as an essential component in the development of every project. Models, photographs and perspective renderings are one of the firm’s strengths and can be readily provided. These presentation techniques are utilized for promotion, and describe the proposed buildings in detail so the client is fully aware of and satisfied with the project well in advance of construction.

Cost estimation is an important component of the design process. The assessment of the feasibility of proposed budgets and the design of efficient cost saving building systems are standard procedure.

HISTORY

The firm was established in 1989 to meet the demand for architectural services in Southern Alberta. Today, ARFAI has designed projects in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, as well as numerous projects across Alberta's landscape.

THE FACILITY

The production office of Alvin Reinhard Fritz Architect Inc. is located in the coach house beside the historic Norland mansion estate, east of Lethbridge, Alberta. The coach house consists of an extensive specification and sample library, a large format print room, three design stations, ten computer drafting stations, a media station, five administrative stations, an art studio, a workshop, executive offices, model and graphic display, client waiting area, board room and staff recreational spaces. 

The Norland Coach House was fully renovated in 1996 and again in 2009 with infrastructure for future upgrades in telecommunications, internet and networking. All correspondence is archived digitally with small and large format scanners. Continually upgraded, state-of-the-art computer hardware and software facilitates cutting edge 2D and 3D drawing production. The office is equipped with imaging software including Adobe products.

Scale models are built in-house using proprietary tools and advanced technology. Hundreds of models have been created in a variety of scales for visualization and marketing needs.

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