S+B James offers a Design-Build project delivery system to our clients that fully integrates the design and construction of the project from start to finish.  Working closely with the client, our design-build team will establish the project programmatic, design, budget and schedule goals that will become parameters for moving forward. S+B James is fortunate to have an experienced and well qualified professional in-house design and construction staff who make our unique design-build process successful time and again. In our experience, we have found that good communication between the client and design-build team results in a project that meets and exceeds client expectations.  Having architects and designers in-house makes that communication faster and more efficient as the design is being developed.

Feasibility Studies

Feasibility studies are an invaluable tool for identifying issues that impact approvals, design, budget and schedule before they are encountered.  The Feasibility Study is an optional service that occurs at the inception of the project, as part of the predesign and schematic design phases. We provide the client with a preliminary design, budget and schedule for the project and can bring the project through the entitlement process. Doing so removes the guesswork and allows the client to make informed-decisions about how to proceed, as well as providing a level of predictability.

Green Design

S+B James incorporates green design into every project to the maximum extent possible within the owner’s budget and project goals.  The design department has a Green Globes Professional, Green Principles Compliance Professional and will soon have a LEED Accredited Professional on staff to assist clients in obtaining related green project certifications for their project. As a longtime member of the U.S. Green Building Council, we stay apprised of the green design standards and technology.

Green design begins with the basics:

  • Building siting and orientation
  • Building massing
  • Site design that responds to the intended use and green design goals

S+B James has been an advocate for green design for many years.  Our green design experience and services include:

  • Installing photovoltaic panels on our office over 12 years ago and numerous other projects since then
  • Assisting clients in finding energy rebates and tax incentives for including new green technologies in their project
  • High performance glazing systems
  • High performance lighting
  • Daylight harvesting
  • Grey water planters, utilizing roof storm water runoff for watering landscaping, storm water detention and treatment
  • Bio-swales for storm water detention and treatment
  • Drought tolerant landscaping
  • Energy efficient HVAC systems, including options for life-cycle analysis
  • Cool roofs
  • Solar shading

We design for both passive and technology-based green design solutions that meet the client’s project goals and we have inhouse capabilities and outside consultants who can provide state-of-the-art green site and building design solutions.

Design Consultants and Design-Build Subcontractors

Our extensive list of successful Design-Build projects is in part due to the design consultants and Design-Build subcontractors that we partner with for each project. Every consultant and Design-Build subcontractor is selected based on the specific needs of each project.  Design consultant specialties for a project might include:

  • Land Use Planning
  • Structural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Food Service
  • Acoustical Engineering
  • Lighting Design
  • Materials Handling
  • Process Engineering
  • Network and Data
  • Fire protection
  • Laboratory Planning

S+B James also works with outside architectural firms regularly.  Regardless of whether using our inhouse architectural services or an outside firm, we will follow the same process to meet your project goals.

Facilities Maintenance

Based on client needs and requests, S+B James now offers on-call facility maintenance and repair services for your facilities, allowing you to remain focused on your business operations.  Whether hanging a door, fixing a leaky roof or repointing brick, our Facilities Maintenance Team will respond quickly to assess the scope of work, assemble estimates from the appropriate trades and get the work done quickly, with as little impact to operations as possible.