MSA has made a commitment to staying in the forefront of our field by using the latest design and presentation software, updated building technology methods, energy and environmental sustainability practices, and project delivery methods. Project designs are developed three-dimensionally using parametric Building Information Modeling design software which allow highly efficient communication of ideas and project data. This approach offers the Client highly effective tools for effective design communication and visualization, accurate presentations for pricing and financing, early marketing options, and streamlined construction documents. MSA has worked in many forms of project delivery settings including conventional bidding, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), design build teams, GSA, and fast-track and hyper-track scenarios with Construction Management firms. Members of MSA’s staff are committed to sustainable design and are certified from the Virginia Earth Craft House, Multi-Family, and Light Commercial Design Program, the USGBC LEED program, and the Green Advantage program. We at MSA believe that all projects can benefit from a team effort and the synergistic approach to energy efficient design that MSA provides.


Historic Preservation & Building Restoration

  • Adaptive Re-use
  • Documentation of Existing Conditions
  • Building Evolution Research and Conjectural Drawings and Animations
  • State and Federal Tax Credit Program Application Coordination
  • Stabilization of Structures
  • Coordination of Craftspeople
  • Coordination of Consultants: History, Archaeology, Paint Analysis, Dendrochronology
  • Historic Structure Report Services: Code Analysis, Accessibility, Safety, and Assessment Recommendations, Program Considerations and Use, Existing Conditions and Conjectural Drawings.

Commercial and Residential Planning & Design

  • Additions, Renovations, and New Construction
  • Schematic, Design Development, and Construction/ Permit Documents
  • Site and Master Planning
  • Assessment Surveys
  • Space Programming and Planning
  • Architectural Animations and Renderings
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Sustainable Design Certifications, LEED, EarthCraft, etc.
  • Coordination of all Engineering
  • Materials and Construction Methods Review
  • Administration of all Consultant Services that are Required

Delivery Methods

  • Municipality Guidelines
  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) – The Team Approach
  • Contractor Led Design Build
  • Fast Track

Project Analysis

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Facility Studies
  • Site Studies
  • Code Analysis
  • ADA Compliance Studies and Surveys
  • Sustainability Analysis for Certifications


  • Construction Documents (AutoCAD or Revit)
  • Automated MasterSpec Writing
  • Automated AIA Standard Forms are Made Available
  • Construction Administration: Site Inspections, Coordination with Contractor, Shop Drawing Review, etc.

Owner’s Representation and Process Management

  • Owner’s Representative Throughout the Project
  • Design Program Development
  • Owner’s Overall Project Budget Sample Document
  • Value Engineering Assessments, Alternates, Unit Pricing
  • Construction Contract Considerations
  • Bidding Support and Management
  • Contract Negotiations and Award
  • Construction Quality and Document Compliance Review
  • Contractor Payment Request Review

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