For more than two decades, Walnut Creek, CA based architectural firm SKL Associates, Inc., has provided architectural services for clients throughout California. SKLA was founded by architect Sharad Lal, AIA who has more than 30 years architecture and urban planning experience in the USA and Asia. The firm’s philosophy is based on bringing the “knowledge of the architect” to service the needs of our clients and enhance the overall quality of our built environment.
SKLA has completed new and remodel projects of various types including hospitality, mixed-use, retail, light industrial and residential. We are a small firm providing a client focused personalized attention to every project. Most of our clients have heard about us through “word-of-mouth” and a significant number are repeat customers.
We have successfully implemented the use “building information modeling” (BIM) for our projects. BIM has been instrumental in providing the development team and reviewing agencies with visual 3-D imagery of the design during the conceptual stage. BIM models created for the design phase are used for presentations and visual simulations for design review boards. When needed we can perform other technical analysis such as sun-shadow diagram and massing study. The efficiencies achieved in design and production using the latest technologies result in faster turnaround and savings in fees for our clients.
SKLA’s designs have voluntarily provided sustainable features in buildings long before “green” became a buzz word in the construction industry. As an office standard most projects have a combination of “cool-roofs”, day-lighting, enhanced insulation or solar orientation features built-into the design. These measures have helped clients realize operational savings in energy bills and increased comfort level of the indoor environment.
We approach every project with an open mind and inform others on the team to do the same. At every stage we are responsive to our clients program requirements and budget. During the course of the project we provide feedback on probable construction costs and ensure that construction drawings leads to bids that are within budget. Our effort along with other experienced consultants that we select on our team, provide sound value based construction documents. In addition to meeting the client’s programmatic requirements, a lot of attention goes into creating a building that has aesthetic appeal for marketability and provides an enhanced user experience.
SKLA is well poised for the meeting the future demands of the market in providing creative, cost-effective, sustainable architectural solutions that bring a lasting value to our clients and communities.