Shiver+Associates Architects

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Project Resources

Shiver + Associates Architects is equipped to assist clients from the very early stages of project financing through post occupancy. For a detailed profile of our firm and the services we offer, please refer to our Qualification Statement. Below are various sources of information that are useful for the design and construction of school projects. These include a list and break down of basic architecture services, research concerning the effects of the built environment on learning and information about financing public school projects in Texas.


Outline general design parameters. Architect works with client to develop a program, design schedule and make budget recommendations.

Schematic Design

Establish overall project layout. Architect creates basic plans, circulation and space relationships. Owner has final approval.

Design Development

Selection of systems and materials to be used in project. Architect surveys future project inhabitants, develops section and wall studies, further refines budget and cost estimates. Owner has final approval.

Construction Documents

Completion of drawings to be used in construction. Architect converts presentation drawings into working drawings and prepares for bidding, drawings are reviewed for code compliance. Owner has final approval.


Construction method and contractor are chosen. Architect assists owner in preparation of documents for bidding, selection of contractor and submits documents to city and TDLR for review and code compliance.

Construction Administration

Coordination of building process. Architect maintains project quality and produces required project paperwork. Owner has final approval of changes in project.

Project Close-out

Project reaches completion. Architect assists owner with final review of project.

How Room Designs Affect Your Work and Mood (pdf)

Analysis of neuroscience research that is finding links between architecture and human behavior.

Teacher Workspaces (pdf)

Discusses the different teacher workspaces and their spatial requirements.