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These grants are completed over a 3-4 month process, which includes multiple meetings with your Grant Manager and your assigned architect.
No - the City of Beaverton will contract an architect directly to complete a redesign of your building or restaurant interior as part of this grant. However, after the grant period concludes, many grantees choose to proceed with construction. It can often be complicated to change architects mid-project, so grantees often hire their assigned architect to assist them with implementation. The City of Beaverton does not pay architect fees after the initial grant period.
Several factors are considered when selecting an architect to work on a Design Services grant. Program staff consider the type of building, the experience of participating architects, personalities or architects and grantees, the budget of the grantee, and the grantee’s vision for their building.
Design Grants are intended for existing businesses or restaurants who are looking to re-imagine their current space. Due to the nature of the design scope and timeline, it is more effective for new businesses (especially restaurants) to hire their own designer and apply instead for an Improvement grant.
As a result of the grant process, you will have conceptual design drawings and rough contractor's estimates/bids to implement the design. The drawings are not technical, and cannot be used to apply for permits. However, they are the first documents you'll need to begin moving forward with your project.
After your Design Grant process is complete, the next step is to hire an architect to produce technical drawings and proceed with permitting for your project. You may choose to hire the architect provided to you as part of your grant process at your own expense, or hire another architect of your choice. Your Grant Manager will also help you apply for an Improvement Grant to support construction costs if you choose to move forward.