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Partnering with the city can be crucial to a new development. Architecture firm MBH Architects is an advocate for a collaborative team approach to new construction, where the architect, builder and developer are all at the table from day one. However, there should really be a fourth member: the city. Partnering with the city is not only critical to pushing a project forward, it can save money, time and result in a better overall project that serves the community.

“A critical member of the development team is the city. It is critical to go to the city with the contractor, the developer and the architect without a design, just with questions,” Andres Grechi, a principal at MBH Architects, tells GlobeSt.com. “We show up at the first meeting with a blank piece of paper and as the planner that has been assigned to the project the city’s goals and aspirations for the location. That brings another member to the team that is critical. Now, they are part of the project and will help move it along. Cities can easily derail the development process. We try to a make sure that the city is included and part of the team. For us, that has been critical, and we pride ourselves on our relationships with cities.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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