In the 2.5 years since LGE Design Build launched its new in-house architectural division called LGE Design Group, the Phoenix-based general contractor has provided architectural services for more than 70 projects, encompassing 1 million square feet in the Phoenix metro area.
LGE Design Build is one of only a few design build firms in the western U.S. with its own architects.
Integrating architecture with construction provides a seamless experience in which LGE quickly updates plans based on the client’s evolving needs, providing more budget control for the client and an accelerated completion date.
“We are able to walk down the hall and talk with the construction team to immediately execute changes. The entire team is communicating frequently during each stage of the process,” said Vince Dalke, vice president/principal of LGE Design Group.
LGE provides services for the entire design and building process: site selection, architecture, entitlement, pre-construction, and construction.
“Integrating in-house architectural services reinforces the ‘design build’ mission of our company,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build. “We’ve simplified and streamlined the entire construction process which creates a collaborative environment for all team members and a better outcome for clients.”
Launched in January 2014, LGE Design Group’s projects include Crown Castle’s 70,000-square-foot, two-story Class A office build to suit in Chandler, Video West Inc.’s new 40,000-square-foot office/warehouse headquarters in Phoenix, and Legacy Traditional Schools, a 78,000-square-foot K-8 school currently under construction in Chandler.
“LGE’s design build team has been fantastic in helping the design and approvals of our new Legacy campus move at an accelerated rate. Their ability to sketch site and floor plan changes on the fly, convert to detailed drawings, and then proceed to permitting and construction has made for a seamless process. We have truly enjoyed working with Vince and his design team,” said Brandon Jones, CEO of Legacy Traditional Schools.
Dalke, who has 26 years of architectural experience, worked on several LGE projects before leading LGE Design Group. He was previously a principal at Archicon, an architectural and interior design firm in Phoenix. He has experience with all building types such as office, industrial, retail, and medical. An Arizona native, Dalke earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural design at Arizona State University.
Dalke approaches architecture with the philosophy of advocating for the client.
“I like to think of myself as a therapist for clients. I listen to them describe their business goals, struggles and aspirations and then determine the best way to solve those issues,” Dalke said.
Dalke has expanded LGE Design Group to nine staff members who provide architecture, rendering, interior design and project management services.