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What are the reasons and effects of poor value in the design of some construction projects?

Hello Livison,

Poor design is the result of several things, the first being budget or lack of funds.  Another cause of poor design is the type of building.  A warehouse design is generally simple with little or no attention to ornamentation.  Compare the warehouse building to an office building and the architect must now create what is referred to as "curb appeal".  Strip shopping centers are good examples of poor value in design.  Often the tenant is unknown and the design is static or simple with no user recognition.
The beauty of design is in the eye of the beholder.  A developer/contractor often dictates to the architect and little thought is given to design but rather is concentrated on economy and cost of construction.

I hope this was helpful.

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I am experienced in all types of construction: residential, industrial and commercial; single family, multi-family, mid-rise and high rise buildings (16 story office building) as well as remodeling, additions and tenant improvements. I can field most any question that relates to general construction. I have consulted with infrastructure (utility) contractors also and have a good general knowledge of underground utility construction for subdivisions and commercial projects.


After college, I began my career in the construction industry. I chose to become an apprentice Architect and 4 yrs later I opened my own architectural design firm. Six years later I moved to Florida to buy & develop land and build. I became a State of Florida Certified General Contractor and operated my business for 45 years. I built all types of residential and commercial buildings including warehouses, shopping centers, high rise apartments and office buildings and developed sites for other contractors. I retired and became a consultant to the construction industry. I maintain my license and continuing education requirements, operate a small construction company and write a weekly newspaper column for the Palm Beach Post (a Cox publication) with the byline "Ask The Contractor". I am the "technical editor" for a publisher of books that relate to home maintenance.

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