ABOUT US

It is the quality, not quantity, of our people that make it possible to meet scheduled deadlines. When you choose California Design West Architects, you enter into a design partnership with our team. Our team approaches every project with a commitment to client interaction and involvement, particularly during the early project phases. Innovative solutions to design problems result because we listen to our clients. We have found that providing a communicative environment with our clients, including them as part of the team, the result is always a successful design. User involvement is key to effective project programming and management communication. Through a series of interactive workshops, we explore a wide range of design issues and challenges and then develop the educational specifications. These workshops allow us to gain the information necessary to insure a thorough understanding of each District’s needs, priorities and future goals.

HISTORY

California Design West Architects was established in California in 1986 by the senior member of the firm, Mitchell A. McAllister. California Design West Architects is a full service architectural corporation specializing in educational facilities. Our experienced team of professionals has worked together on hundreds of educational projects. Our office is located at 2100 19th Street in Sacramento, California.    MORE >

EXPERIENCE

We specialize in K-12 Educational Facilities. Our portfolio of projects includes new construction, additions, modernizations (which range from just a few classrooms to entire campus modernizations), and expansion projects. Our experience includes designing and working on a vast array of building types, including wood framed, steel framed, concrete tilt-up, relocatable buildings, and modular buildings.    MORE >

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

We rely heavily upon user involvement to establish clear goals and objectives specific to each district and school’s needs. This develops an effective line of communication among the design team, educators, administration, staff and community members and establishes strong support for the project. The process includes a series of meetings with committee members, reports to the school board, direct input from staff, and finalized Educational Specifications and schematic design which reflects the established criteria.     MORE >

OUR PEOPLE

While we are generally considered a small firm, our clients are amazed by the large amount of high quality work we produce, and in such a timely manner. This is accomplished by our exceptional team and our extensive scheduling procedures. With each new project, we create a critical path timeline which includes all deadlines and milestones, and illustrates each of our team members’ responsibilities throughout the duration of the project. We frequently review and update each project schedule to make sure we are on track and on time.    MORE >