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  • AKA strives to build relationships with local municipalities and authorities so that you can be sure that your permitting process will go as smoothly as possible.  We are licensed in the following states but have done work throughout the country through partnered firms:
  • Arizona, Colorado, Georgia (Registered Interior Designer), Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Texas LC# 20244, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • Andrew Foster, AIA is a self-certified architect in the City of Chicago.  Self-Certification is a process by which an Architect "self certifies" the project.  This special registration from the City of Chicago Department of Buildings was obtained after completing an extensive study course. Under the self-certification process, we can obtain permits within significantly less time than the standard review process would take.  Permits can be obtained this way for many different types of projects.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have an interest in this type of permitting.
  • AKA also works closely with local Health Departments and Healthcare Accrediting Authorities, in particular IDPH, ISDH, JCAHO, and CDPH among others to ensure everything moves smoothly during your project.
*LEED Accredited Professional and related acronym, and the LEED AP logo are trademarks owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and are used by permission.
  • Maintenance and Operational Programming
  • Start-up Assistance
  • Record Drawing
  • Warranty Review
  • ​Standard and Advance Commissioning
  • Project Administration
  • Contractor Coordination
  • Value Engineering
  • Project Scheduling and Forecasting
  • Monitoring of Work
  • Construction Closeout
  • Project Commissioning
  • ​Construction Management
Energy and LEED Certifications
  • AKA is approved by the City of Chicago to perform Energy Code Analysis for your buildings.  Energy Code Reports are based upon ComCheck or ResCheck applications.  Note that all permits where you are modifying the mechanical system / building envelope / or altering the lighting will require an energy analysis.  We also keep up to date on emerging trends and code regulations throughout the states we are licensed in to suit your needs.

  • Atul Karkhanis, AIA, LEED AP, is a LEED Accredited Professional, which means that our firm has the knowledge base necessary to coordinate, develop, and design buildings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification.  LEED certification is a nationally recognized rating system indicating that a building and it's owners are "green-friendly" and care about our environment.  LEED certifies a variety of building types and has different levels of rating - Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  LEED certification can also bring tax savings depending on the nature of your project and scope.

  • Architectural Design and Documentation

  • Coordination of Structural Design and Documentation

  • Coordination of Mechanical / Electrical /and Plumbing Design and Documentation

  • Coordination of Civil Design and Documentation

  • Coordination of Landscape Design and Documentation

  • Material Specifications

  • Finish & Furniture Selections

  • Tenant Related Services

  • Presentations

  • Bid Package Coordination
  • Contractor Selection
  • Analysis of Bid Alternates and Substitutions
  • Specialty Bidding
  • Bid Evaluation
  • ​Contract Award
  • Shop Drawing and Submittal Review
  • Periodic Site Visits
  • Construction Review 
  • Construction Coordination Meetings
  • Review of Contractor Pay Requests
  • Issuance of Certificate of Payments
  • ​Escrow Coordination
  • Programming 

  • Functional Relationships / Flow Diagrams

  • Existing Facility Surveys

  • Marketing Studies

  • Economic Feasibility Studies

  • Project Budgeting

  • Site Analysis, Selection, and Development Planning

  • Detailed Site Utility Studies

  • On-site and Off-site Utility Studies

  • Environmental Studies

  • Zoning Review Assistance

 Services Provided by AKA

  • Logo Design
  • Building/Monument Signage
  • Marketing Materials (Flyers, Brochures, Mailers, Posters) 
  • Social Media Setup, Profile Pictures, and Banners