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Our services

Architecture

Services provided by ARTIFEX architectural staff include: code review, building assessment, feasibility studies, architectural planning and design from schematic concepts through construction documents and bidding. We also provide space planning, utilization and tenant improvement services. We offer design rendering to assist with design development understanding and facilitate project fund raising. We strategize solutions to project challenges using Energy Star and LEED standards as a requisite part of our creative process We understand the policies and requirements of the State of Maine and the many municipalities in regard to Code Enforcement, Planning, and Fire Protection and are able to advise and inform property owners and process documents. This organization and its staff derive a great deal of personal and professional satisfaction from helping our clients repeatedly achieve success on their most challenging or their most basic projects. Below is a list of Architectural and Building Design services provided by our team.

Building Engineering & Studies
Construction Administration
Existing Building Assessments
Feasibility Studies and Cost Estimates
Zoning, building Code, and Regulatory Analysis
Programming Studies
Conceptual Design Studies
Master Planning
Accessibility studies
Life Safety/Fire Safety Planning
Schematic Drawings & Renderings
Interiors layout and Space Planning

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An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
— Frank Lloyd Wright

Civil Engineering and Land Planning

Artifex provides in-house Civil Engineering services for your project, either as part of a complex building design or as a single need.
We work as a team with other design professionals and provide support for many types of architectural projects including the following:
Site Selection and local zoning analysis, Schematic site layout, utilities plans, Local and State permit preparation (zone changes, Land Development permits, Department of Environmental Protection and NRPA permits), Accessibility (ADA) access design for parking areas, walkways, building entrances, Construction documentation and Construction Administration for Civil/Site sections.

As an individual service, our Civil Engineering department has worked on numerous types of projects.
Some projects require only one service, others may require a combination of the services offered below:

Subdivision design
Roadway design, sanitary sewer, water and utility design
Parking lot design
Storm drainage design & Stormwater management plans
Rezoning approvals and Land planning concepts
Minor site plan modifications and re-development design


Many of the above items will also require permits from either Local or State agencies. We can help prepare, submit, and obtain permits from those agencies and have years of experience working with Town Planners, Code Enforcement, Economic Development and other agency personnel.

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Historic Preservation

Artifex understands the policies and requirements of the State of Maine, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, and Community Development and Block Grants, and the USDA and is one of the leading firms in Maine in providing Historic Structural Assessments to advise and inform Municipalities and property owners on how to Preserve and Restore their historic property. We can assist you by providing the following types of Historic Preservation services:

Historic Property Assessments based on ASTM Standard E 2018-01 “Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessment:

Baseline Property Condition Assessment
Structural Analysis and Engineering of structural members and foundations
Steeple Assessments meeting the Maine Preservation requirements
Prioritized plans for Remediation/Restoration and Estimates of Probable Costs
Downtown Façade Improvement Projects

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Structural Engineering

Ames Associates has had the attitude that the best projects are those where the sum of the parts are greater than the whole. We support that by making sure that our designs are based on thorough structural analysis and a design that accurately represents the architectural goals of the project. We utilize an integrated approach to project design that begins with engineers working alongside our other design professionals to verity our understanding of the client’s vision, anticipate and identify issues and opportunities, and to incorporate form and function into our projects so that they enhance the user’s experience. Our Structural Engineering staff has experience in steel, concrete, timber, and masonry construction and Office, Commercial, Institutional, School, and industrial buildings and allied structures, small bridges, and piers projects. Some other specific services provided by our Structural Engineering staff include:

Structural System Design
Existing Structure Evaluation and Analysis
Foundation Design
Alternative Systems

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