Las Vegas Architect Articles

• What is an ADA site survey? Do I need an ADA survey?

Posted June 21, 2018 Background: The federal law known as the Americans with Disabilities Act has been a requirement for over 20 years. That law includes many architectural requirements, such as ramps, clearances around doors, and grab bars. Because the building department in Nevada is not tasked with checking for ADA compliance, many buildings exist… Read More

• I just bought a really ugly building because of its location and price. What can be done to make it look good without breaking the bank?

Posted May 18, 2018 There are a lot of good solutions to make an ugly Las Vegas building presentable and possibly beautifully designed. Clients have recently used our architectural design services to “re-skin” a commercial stucco building. This simply means that the existing architectural façade of the old office building was covered over with some… Read More

• I have a rush architectural project. Can I get permit expediting by an architect in Las Vegas?

Posted: May 16, 2018 SSA Architecture provides permit expediting services for architectural projects. In the largest jurisdiction in the Las Vegas area (unincorporated Clark County) Ken Small, owner of SSA is one of only two architects who can obtain a permit one day after the completed plans are submitted to the building department. This program… Read More

• How do I obtain a special use permit or zoning change in the Las Vegas area?

Posted: May 16, 2018 If you know that the current zoning of your property is not what is needed for your use, then there is a prescribed process for each of the jurisdictions in the Las Vegas area. Certain uses (examples: gambling, liquor sales, car sales, bars) are always required to participate in the zoning… Read More

• How can I get a commercial interior remodeling building permit in the Las Vegas area?

Posted: May 16, 2018 Commercial remodeling projects are often referred to as tenant improvements because they are typically designed for tenants who do not occupy the entire building. This is for projects where their use is already allowed and are not subject to special government agencies. This is a best practices and common practices way… Read More

• What advice do the architects have on how to protect myself from a huge mistake on my Las Vegas area commercial project?

Posted: May 16, 2018 Regardless of if this is your first commercial architectural construction project or the tenth there will always be mistakes. This is the nature of “reinventing the wheel”. The key is to keep the mistakes to a minimum through using “due diligence” in your practices. Here are a few simple steps to… Read More

• Can Ken Small REALLY get a building permit from Clark County 1 day after the building plans are done?

Posted: May 16, 2018 YES, Ken Small, Architect in Las Vegas can get a building permit for an Architectural Construction one day after the plans are done. Yes, you read that right. Ken Small is authorized to skip the Clark County Building Department plan review and get a permit in 1 business day after the… Read More

• Is a building permit all that I need for my architectural project?

Posted: May 16, 2018 No. There are many other approvals that you MAY need depending on your situation. The first thing to inquire about is the zoning for your project. If you don’t have the correct zoning then that is a separate process that takes multiple months to get approved. Certain projects need use permits… Read More

• What about dealing with Health Department Approvals? Can my architect do this work?

Posted: May 16, 2018 Generally anything that comes close to being a restaurant or a bar or something along those lines will need to go through the health department review and approval process. As restaurant architects in Las Vegas, we offer this service and can walk you through the steps necessary to get that approval.… Read More

• Can I tell my architect to make my commercial building look like whatever I want?

Posted: May 16, 2018 Unfortunately, not. In most jurisdictions your project will have to undergo “design review” by a government agency that will have the ability to decline your request. This does not happen often. but it can. The more common situation is that the bureaucracy will make “suggestions” about what they will be willing… Read More