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Focus - Growing with growth

image Jason E. Puchot, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP Principal & AIA San Antonio 2018 Chapter President, RVK Architects, San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Jason Puchot holds a degree in Evidence Based Design from Texas A&M University. He is a Board Certified Healthcare Architect and has specialized in healthcare design since 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms?    
    The growth in our region has transferred to our design and construction industry keeping us all continually busy.

Have you experienced an increase in business? Slowdown?
    There has been increase in business with the influx of new residents moving into the area from all over the country.  Along with that, come new business opportunities for designing new projects in wide range of areas.

What factors are driving this increase/slowdown?
    As mentioned in the previous question, city growth is the driving force behind this increase.

How has this increase/slowdown affected your company and how you conduct business?
    Business remains strong and between servicing new clients as well as existing clients means a bigger focus on balancing project schedules.

What are the major changes in the industry in recent years relating to the type of work you do?
    Continual changes to codes in relation to energy conservation are the major changes we have experienced.

What is the most significant challenge your industry faces? Labor shortages? Cost increases? Other?
    The biggest challenge is balancing a continual increase in expectations from our owners while staying competitive with professional service fees.

How are you dealing with these challenges?
    We try to work with contractors early to help secure material pricing.

What are the cost increases relating to your industry?

    Staying in tune to rising costs of materials due to tariffs in order to maintain the owner’s budgets during the design phase.

What is on the horizon for your industry? Changes in technology, codes, ordinances, laws, other?
    Codes and ordinances are always on the horizon and technology continues to be a focus. From 3D modeling of our designs to Virtual Reality, design firms continue to look for other ways of communicating their design to their clients.

What are keys to being successful in your industry?
    Communication clearly is the biggest key to success and at the core for designers as service providers to its clients. Clear communication with consultants, vendors, general contractors and our owners will always serve as a focus  for continual success.

    RVK is a commercial architecture, interior design and landscape architecture firm. They have celebrated 47 years of service in San Antonio. Specializing in 12 different commercial market sectors, RVK continues their brand through quality design as well as taking care of its employees recently celebrating seven years in a row as an Express News awarded Best Place to Work. -cmw


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