NC firm takes on projects big or small, commercial or residential
Editor’s note: Richard Baker and Andrew Pawlowski are owners of Siteline Architecture.
What goods or services do you offer?
Siteline Architecture is a full-service architectural firm for residential, commercial and institutional projects, from small remodels to new buildings. Our services extend from the project’s inception through its construction.
Our services start with schematic design, involving researching the site and the building, which culminates in preliminary drawings. The design is refined via virtual 3D modeling, which produces a realistic view of the project.
We then develop construction documents for securing permits, obtaining pricing, and constructing the project. We occasionally provide construction management and interior design and we offer LEED Certification service.
What makes you different?
We are focused on providing an outcome our client desires, rather than forcing our ego into the design. We feel the projects are expressions of our client’s needs and desires, not ours.
We take on any type of project, not in desperation, but self-confidence.
Architects by training can design any building, but where they excel is good listening skills so that the client’s knowledge of the building’s functions informs the design. If it’s something functional to the users and inviting to the public, then so much the better.
We focus on service, working to set and meet deadlines. We return calls promptly and keep the owner informed throughout the process.
Siteline was chosen among 18 applicants for the Tinloy Street Transit Center. The office building at 428 Colfax Ave. is nearing completion, we are working on the conversion of the basement of a Nevada City building into a new business, a clubhouse building in Penn Valley, three residential projects under construction, and one in design.
What do you love about your work?
It’s a combination of art and science. While trying to design something that is functional and attractive, we’re mindful of structure, budget and the codes. The work is different every day. Each day we are designing very different types of projects, visiting a construction site, attending a hearing, etc. Our projects span from something as small as a wine label to the size and complexity of a 30,000-square-foot building. We enjoy construction management, and staying involved helps the owner receive the full benefit of the design, its features and its details.
What do you find most challenging?
We work hard to please our clients, but we also have safety and accessibility measures we have to include in the design. These can sometimes be perceived as disruptive or expensive.
It’s challenging to get people to grasp the value of our profession. Sometimes we have to work just as hard to convince people to hire an architect as we do to convince them to hire us as their architect.
People do come to realize that with or without our involvement they’re going to spend a fair amount of money on construction, so why not have a design that exceeds expectations rather than just meeting them?
What is your background?
Richard Baker was born in Nevada City, a fifth generation community native. He and his family returned here after he obtained an architecture degree in Brooklyn and a degree in art from University of California, Santa Cruz. After working as a designer for Tintle Inc. for four years and at an architecture firm in Auburn, he helped start Siteline Architecture in 2002.
Andrew Pawlowski grew up in northern California and earned a degree at Humboldt State University in 1985. He then worked for design firms, apprenticing to an architect’s license. In 1999 he moved to Nevada County with his family, working at an architecture firm in Auburn. In 2002 he helped start Siteline Architecture.
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