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For almost 50 years, specializing in

Architectural Design, Forensics, Detailing, Waterproofing, Litigation Support, and Project Management for the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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AREAS OF 
PRACTICE

   ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

At DWA, we understand that great design not only serves its functional purpose, but also enhances and improves upon existing conditions. With over 40 years of experience, our core focus has been on the integration of innovative solutions for the renovation and remodeling of existing buildings. We understand the unique challenges that come with this type of work, particularly when a building is of historical significance.

As a full-service architectural firm, we provide comprehensive support for new construction, remodeling, construction defect repairs, and maintenance contracts, such as roofing, painting, and paving. We begin each project by clearly defining our clients' needs and then proceed to provide design, construction documents, bidding services, and construction contract administration. We believe that every project deserves the highest level of professional standards and quality assurance.

Our services include:

  • Project Programming: We establish the scope, budget, and schedule for your project

  • Component Studies: We conduct an analysis of service life and estimated replacement costs for reserve studies

  • Design: We provide Residential, commercial, or industrial building design or renovation services

  • Construction Contract Administration: We act as the owner's agent to oversee construction projects

We take pride in our well-established reputation for reducing risk and providing true peace of mind to our clients.
 

   ARCHITECTURAL FORENSICS

At DWA, we specialize in investigating and providing counsel on building and construction issues. Whether it is water leaks, foundation settlement, or other structural issues, wood rot, plumbing, heating, or electrical problems, we provide expert analysis and recommendations to attorneys, homeowners, building managers, and homeowner associations.

 

Our recent cases include condominium complexes in San Francisco, a retirement facility in San Rafael, and private residences in Marin County. In each situation, we systematically investigated the causes and extent of the problems, developed solutions for repair, provided cost estimates, reports, and expert witness testimony. We also participate in mediation for the settlement of claims.

   PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Effective project management is crucial to the success of any construction project. At DWA, we understand the importance of balancing time and budget constraints, and we have the expertise to ensure that your project is completed on schedule and within budget. We provide a range of project management services, including project programming, construction document preparation, permit applications, bidding, construction inspections, and contract administration. We have experience managing single-family residential and commercial projects, with a special focus on apartment buildings and condominium complexes.

SB-326 / EEE INVESTIGATIONS

DWA offers inspection and reporting services for the structural condition of exterior elevated elements (EEE's) such as balconies, decks, and walkways. Our services are designed to meet the requirements of California Civil Code 5551/SB-326. We have decades of experience in forensic and waterproofing, which enables us to quickly identify issues and provide solutions for repair. Our team is able to produce detailed repair drawings for permit acquisition and construction, ensuring that your building is safe and compliant with all relevant codes and regulations. We understand the importance of maintaining the safety and integrity of your building, and our team is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of service and expertise.

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CLIENT
TESTIMONIALS

"A word to summarize Mr. Danmeier is integrity. I have worked with him through the investigative phase, the litigation phase, and most important the repair phase. What I have found is that he is constant in his opinions and approach through each phase. His approach can be summarized as pragmatic and thorough. I highly recommend him and his firm."

- G. Bicksler, President, Bicksler & Associates, Inc.

"I have worked with many architectural firms and have not worked with a project supervisor as competent and thorough as yours. She actually climbed ladders and did roof inspections and walked onto steeply pitched roofs to ensure the work was done to the highest quality. She crawled underneath the houses for inspections, negotiated with the general contractor for the best possible pricing, and audited their billings, finding discrepancies in their bid vs. billings. Her field reports were extensive and comprehensive."

- R. Rea, Vice President, Main Gate HOA -

"...again thank you for your contributions to the continued safety and success of our homes. There is a chance that without you they would not be standing and I am happy to report we did not wait to find out. We thank you daily as we walk through our commons..."

- Eliana Rivera, President, Amesport Landing HOA -

"Just wanted to say “Thank you very much” for all your conscience and thorough professionalism at Corte Bella! ...and we love the drone visual documentation!"

 - HOA Board Member

OUR ARCHITECTURAL TEAM

Don Danmeier Architect

DON DANMEIER

 AIA

FOUNDING PRINCIPAL

David Waldorf Architect

DAVID WALDORF

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

CEO, PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT

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JASON BAGGS

ASSOCIATE AIA

CA LIC. CONTRACTOR #854859

COO, CTO

ABOUT US
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CONTACT
DWA

OUR ADDRESS

NEW ADDRESS FOR 2022

TWO SUTRO COURT  

Suite B 

NOVATO, CA 94947

Main Office:  415-893-1650

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