We make these drawings to confirm the architect’s design
intent and to communicate to our fabricators exactly how
we want specific items made. This assures the highest
possible quality of workmanship. Most contractors out
source these drawings but we find that doing them
ourselves provides richer detail and carries design
straight onto the shop floor. Thus, the finished product
fully reflects the architect’s aims. For example, a window
company’s shop drawings show only their product. Our
drawings include the window plus the surrounding materials
such as plaster, wood trim, and waterproofing—making
the window a part of the entire project, and not just an
off-the-shelf commodity. On the Turrell Project, integrating
the Skyscape with the structural system, the rolling roof,
and the theater was beyond any lone consultant’s scope.
We took it upon ourselves to provide complete architectural
construction drawings that detailed these zero-tolerance
elements and their interdependent relationships.
All of these drawing are done by Lloyd Parrish. We are lucky
to have Lloyd on staff. He is the most talented architectural
draftsperson I have ever come across.