That’s the Interior Designer’s Job?! Construction Administration

Author:

Allison Towles Senior Interior Designer

Category:

  • Design

Posted:

June 9, 2021

Interior Designers’ skills go far beyond making things look pretty.  Successful Interior Designers are also often successful project managers. These skills can then be applied to other areas of projects – like construction period services.

When I was a Professional Practice teacher at my alma mater, one of the lessons I would teach my students was how your firm’s size could dictate your opportunities.  NKB is a relatively small firm (the type I prefer!) which allows me the opportunity to take on tasks that aren’t necessarily in the Interior Designers’ typical wheelhouse but allow me to grow, expand, and provide our clients with better service.

Recently I picked up the construction administration services of a multi-million dollar rehabilitation project transforming an office building into an addiction treatment center.  The building and grounds underwent a major transformation, including removing and redesigning the parking lot.  While excavation was in process, it was decided that a tractor-trailer turnaround had to be added to the site.  So, on a hot June day, I found myself in the dirt, helping work with the rest of the team to get the truck turnaround incorporated into the project scope!

While this is a task I never thought I would take on in my INTERIOR Design career, it is another area of experience I can add to my repertoire, making me a more well-rounded designer and project manager. I was truly able to help manage this project inside and out!

 

Author:

Allison Towles Senior Interior Designer

Category:

  • Design

Posted:

June 9, 2021