We are a group of licensed "Architects and Builders" who believe in design excellence, superior construction details and methods, and construction cost effectiveness with skilled financial management.
Great Architecture for your home or business is possible today, if you have Architects who can combine creative design and technical expertise with cost effectiveness and cutting edge Construction means and methods.
Our staff of architects, project managers, superintendents, accounts managers, and office managers are here to serve each clients. We value our clients, their dreams and budgets. We start each project with a master plan and a detailed financial plan. We take the clients' dream and make it a financial and construction reality. Unlike typical projects in the construction industry, where detailed plans are prepared before cost estimates and pricing, our team of contractors, builders, managers and architects "price and budget" each trade of construction work as we prepare the initial thumbnail sketches. Very early in the process, typically in the first two week, we will prepare conceptual floor plans, site plans, elevations, and develop very comprehensive project estimates. Our vendors maintain quarterly unit price for our projects. Because of the large volume of our sales, those unit prices are set at 20% lower margin than the fair market rates. The resulting design is creative, and the resulting cost corresponds to the clients budget. After this initial planning exercise, we develop the detailed construction drawings and specifications, and start construction and follow through the details as planned. We take pride in correlating the clients' dreams and wishes to their budget, while maintaining creativity and aesthetics. For our office and our clients, the design and building process is team work, where we work together to guide the technicians to create beautiful and functional "masterpieces of architecture."
The staff of Alam Design and Family Builders is actively designing, building, and managing projects all over the United States. These projects include medical and dental offices, veterinary hospitals, retail centers and restaurants, hotels and resorts, schools, city halls, churches and mosques, and custom homes. With certifications from NCARB, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Alam Design can provide professional Architecture and Planning services in United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Our Architects and Builders are active members of the American Institute of Architects and the Home Builders Association. Mr. Husain Alam, AIA is on the Board of the "Blue Ridge Chapter" of the American Institute of Architects.
Mr. Husain B. Alam, AIA, NCARB, a licensed Architect with 21 years of experience in design and construction systems, is the owner and manager of our team. He has designed and built projects in United States, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Alam has a B.Arch from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and a M.S. in Architecture from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to starting his practice in 1998, Mr. Alam worked at SSP Architects in New Jersey, and Balzer and Associates in Virginia. He has also practiced Architecture in Poland, Turkey, and Pakistan. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Mr. Alam is currently licensed in Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Washington DC, and Maryland. With his leadership, diverse experience, and his unique ability to understand and serve the needs of our clients, our company has become the "highly respected" design-build operation in southwest Virginia.
Mrs. Donna Shelton Alam, Accounts Manager, has a B.S. from Virginia Tech. She has previously worked as a High School teacher in Danville and Botetourt County from 1995 to 1998. She also has worked as a Realtor with Burkholder Realty and MKB Realtors since 2003. Her 18 years of diverse experience in education, real estate, marketing, and accounting is of great value to our staff and clients. Her expertise and management of finances has been instrumental to the success of our companies.