Mancini Design Build

Mancini Design Build

3 employees
14 years in business

About this pro

Mancini Design Build + Development is an Architectural design build firm and real estate development business. The company focuses on sustainable development in urban neighborhoods of Philadelphia. We are specialized in the revitalization of deteriorated properties and land for the purpose of developing and placing back onto the market.

Mancini takes a triple bottom line approach to measuring success. We focus not only on the financial return on investment, but also takes great pride in contributing positively to the communities in which it works and protecting the environment through sustainable development where everyone has a decent place to live.

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Philadelphia, PA 19121
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

There are up to 4 stages of design:

1-Feasibility & Existing Condition Study 

The analysis of a problem to determine if it can be solved effectively. The operational (will it work?)

2-Conceptual Design

This is the first stage of the design process, where the architect takes on board everything that the client requires, and develops an initial design. 

3-Schematic Design

During schematic design, the conceptual objectives are tested in a variety of schemes to determine the best overall approach to the project.

4-Design Development

 The third stage of the design process is Design Development, where the architect creates more models and plans of the house, and starts to consider the possible materials to be used on the house.

5-Construction Documents


Construction documents are the legal confirmation of all the details agreed in the design development process.

A professional design consultant will meet with you to assess your needs and understand the goals of your new space. We’ll then create full CAD specs of the layout, or add details to your existing design allowing you to see exactly how it will look in 3-D before construction commences. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Attended Drexel University School of Atrchitecture.

18 years experience in residential construction with hands on experience in all trades.

Worked in multiple architecture firms and Trus Joist engineering firm.

Experienced in residential and commercial design.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Fee will be based on scope of project. Large projects will be based on a percentage of construction cost.

Smaller projects will be charged by the hour. We use software that tracks hours worked on any projects.

How did you get started in this business?

Began purchasing and renovating vacant shell properties in 1990. 

I then began attending Drexel University at night after working at a project site during the day.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Relationships Matter

While good relationships lie at the heart of success across all professional and personal ventures, the design and construction industry is one that is fundamentally built on strong relationships. Architects and their clients agree on the critical nature of these relationships, and their business reporting confirms a substantial amount of repeat business within the profession. 

Involve firm leaders in project proposals and at the outset of projects. Seven in 10 owners noted that—above all other factors—firm principal involvement is a very important qualification they look for during hiring. Notably, it is deemed more important than referrals and much more important than a low-cost bid or proposal.

Show Your Vision With BIM.

Using 3D-modeling software like BIM, can convey design and site-planning concepts via virtual walk-throughs and visualizations, leaving little room for clients to misinterpret designs. This process also allows one to anticipate conflicts that may come up in construction with more accuracy so you can solve problems and reduce change orders.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

 The First Meeting

The initial consultation or interview is primarily intended to see if you, your project, and the potential architect are a good fit. "The first thing I do is meet with the potential client and talk through their goals," . During this meeting, it’s best to communicate your ideas clearly and ask lots of questions. Find out the architect’s approach, fee schedule, deliverables, and what they think is important about your project.

First impressions are important here, as you are evaluating whether you and your potential architect have a good rapport, in order to be able to work together for the remodeling long haul. This is probably the most intangible—and important—part of the entire process. Assess whether the architect listens to your needs and confirms that he or she understands them.