About Us

The “Square Deal”

GBA is dedicated to quality of service and client satisfaction. With more than 20 years experience each in educational facilities design, principals David Bannon, AIA and Sushila Ghataode, AIA bring tremendous expertise anddirect hands-on involvment to every level of a project. Unlike a typical design firm that takes the standard pyramid approach to assigning workload, we adopt a top down approach to our work that results in more efficient use of time and resources. We refer to this as the “Square Deal.” The advantages of the Square Deal are numerous: improved communication and continuity of effort; instead of a company Principal who only shows up for large meetings, we maintain continual contact with our clients and consultants at all times.

Workload is never shuffled between a series of Project Managers who lack critical experience in a particular area or lose track of important details, which results in superior design documents and fewer change orders. Additionally, a single team is involved in a project from design through construction. Most important, we provide a level of service that is unparalleled by any other firm. Our experience includes working with faculty and user groups during the design process, ushering difficult projects through approval at state agencies, managing construction phasing and timelines, and project closeouts. We have a solid track record of bringing our projects in on time within their budget. Perhaps best of all, we offer the expertise and range of services available at larger firms on a much more client and budget friendly basis.


Professional Services

Preconstruction Research



Preconstruction research to prepare needs assessment studies and evaluations.






Programming; attendance at all client meetings; workshops and formal presentations to staff, committees stake holders and the public.



Conceptual Design Services



Conceptual design services; design development including preliminary cost estimates and outline specifications; study models as required; deliver full design documents within the project scope, budget and schedule; utilize available standards.



Construction Services



Construction services including plans, specifications and detailed cost estimates; engineering design delivering state of the art mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural systems; the distribution of bid documents and response to inquires; complete construction administration services, including responses to request for information, submittal reviews, maintenance of logs, and completion of record drawings.






Verify and warrant compliance with all current applicable codes, ADA, fire & life safety, playground safety, building integrity, site utilities and project closeout.