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Between Mind and Matter, There's CADs

Introducing Our Design Department

At Lopez Contracting Ltd, we are proud to host a state-of-the-art design department, and are able to provide professional CAD prints for any project, be it a new mansion or an intricate mechanism. We offer CAD services for all projects we are involved in, as well as a standalone service, at an affordable in-house rate.



Professional design is an essential first step in any successful project. Anybody who has ever completed a construction project might know how many trades, suppliers, authorities, and experts are needed to be involved and work in tandem.



In a project network like this, it’s essential to minimize any room for miscommunication and maximize efficiencies between all involved parties. Design allows for all involved parties to be (quite literally) on the same page, allowing accurate material, time, and cost estimates, as well as completely avoid the taxing constant back and forth. Design speeds up the process, lessens the cost of materials, ensures a safe construction, and is of course essential for any and all permitting. In this manner, design is always a good investment!

 

CADs can help you realize your dream project before a single piece of wood has been cut! This visualization is extremely beneficial for revising and perfecting your dream. Having finalized CADs at hand ensures that we can match exactly what's in your mind’s eye and lay it out into a step-by-step plan.

 

Our initial consultation includes a site visit with you, wherein we discuss your vision, share basic sketches, and record data necessary for drafting. We’re certain that we’ll be able to match your inspiration with pinpoint accuracy. You can get the ball rolling on that fantasy project today!


 

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Our Triple Crown Philosophy


Some years ago, I innately understood that a building structure should have three important attributes. First, it should be structurally sound. Second, it should be aesthetically pleasing. Third, it should be attainable or affordable. Ever since, I have strived to make everything I do worthy of this triple crown of excellence.

During a ferry ride to Vancouver, I saw my young son had drawn Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man in my notebook. To my surprise, my son’s sketch led me to discover the historic importance of this idea. This world-famous sketch of a man in a circle, his arms outstretched in two different overlapping poses, has become iconic. A Wikipedia search showed me how Da Vinci was inspired by proportions described by Vitruvius in his ancient treatise of De Architectura.

Vitruvius was arguably the greatest architect in history. His work is the only major surviving publication on architecture from classical antiquity. It was written for Emperor Augustus, made famous in the Bible for his census which brought Jesus’ parents to Bethlehem. Eminent Roman architects such as Vitruvius were skilled in engineering, art, and craftsmanship. As an army engineer himself, Vitruvius had overseen all manner of building and construction for wars and settlements across Europe and North Africa.

The most famous maxim of Vitruvius was that architecture should embody three qualities: utilitias, firmitas, and venustas. In English, this means that great handiwork should be useful, sturdy, and with beautiful proportions. (Just imagine what Venus, the goddess of love, might look like.)

I was delighted and not disappointed to find out that my idea was old and not new. It gives me more motivation than ever to offer you the product of a triple crown craftsman: sturdy, useful, and beautiful work at a reasonable price.