At CMH, we believe the nexus of successful projects rests upon exceptional communication throughout the design process. We aim to be detailed, thorough, and responsive as we produce construction documents, coordinate with construction work in the field, and protect the integrity of our designs on behalf of our clients. Our design process allows us to maintain transparency and make meaningful progress while meeting strict schedule and budget requirements.



Establish client relationship and discuss needs

Identify budget and schedule constraints

Gather information

  • Analyze site, including jurisdictional or contextual constraints
  • Interview end-users
  • Understand functional needs
  • Investigate spatial relationships

Define scope of project

  • Create program document illustrating size and functionality of proposed design solution
  • Review with client and adjust as needed

Provide conceptual cost estimate

  • Review with client and adjust as needed

Schematic Design

Prepare schematic plans and layout

  • Assess how building relates to site topography
  • Explore alternate design solutions
  • Analyze energy-efficiency criteria

Explore layouts with client and thoughtfully address feedback

Examine and identify appropriate building systems

  • Determine cost-effective structural systems
  • Integrate mechanical, electrical & plumbing systems

Provide updated cost estimate

  • Review with client and adjust as needed

Design Development

Refine approved schematic plans and layouts

Define materials and construction methods

Check compliance with codes and coordination of building and technical systems

Create drawings, 3D renderings and materials studies

Review comprehensive design with client and public agencies

  • Re-evaluate cost
  • Adjust as needed

Construction Documents

Prepare construction drawings, specifications and other documents for pricing, permits and construction

  • Develop design details
  • Select interior design finishes and features

Finalize mechanical, electrical and plumbing with corresponding energy analyses

  • Identify, accommodate and coordinate with security and telecommunication systems

Refine overall design 

  • Incorporate client input
  • Continually monitor budget and schedule

Submit construction documents for client and jurisdictional reviews

  • Address review comments

Bidding & Pricing

Publish clear, thorough and organized construction documents for bid or pricing

Efficiently respond to questions throughout the process

Review submitted bid or pricing packages and provide recommendations for acceptance

Review and incorporate value engineering options where appropriate


Construction Administration

Observe construction with regular site visits

  • Coordinate with consultants, contractors and vendors

Check compliance with contract documents through review of shop drawings, samples and submittals 

  • Ensure that materials, methods and construction quality adhere to approved construction drawings and industry standards

Monitor schedule progress and protect project budget with minimal change orders

Assist client with closeout and turnover process