Drafting Services

Facade Drafting and Detailing


Facade shop drawings are critical to the success of the overall project. Shop drawing and the engineering process dictates fabrication, quality, and overall project schedule. IDS views each project from a macro perspective. We understand the importance of quality drawings that meet lead times.


Fabrication a�� approved shop drawings feed the fabrication drawing process (input.) Shop drawing sections and details that are not accurate will greatly extend the fabrication drawing process, and inturn delay production. Shop drawings that are not accurate can also lead to fabrication errors. These errors, if not detected in house by QC, will manifest in the field and often result in costly refabrication and loss of labor manhours. IDS develops shop drawings with the fabrication and installation in mind. Our purpose is to add value to all client processes influenced by shop drawings. We serve as the quality catalyst for fabrication and installation.


Quality – speed to market is only good if the subcontractor or manufacturer delivers a quality product. Meeting field dates with a product that does not meet quality standards can lead to failed field tests, field remediation, and sometimes product rejection by the architect and/or owner. Our shop drawing review process includes a quality review of system details. We provide dimensional quality reviews of all our details. Aesthetic deviations that may arise due to unconsidered joinery details or transitions are brought to the client’s attention early in the shop drawing process.


Project schedule a�� delayed shop drawings will delay calculations, fabrication, production, delivery, installation, and overall project schedule. If shop drawing lead times are not met, the overall project schedule can be affected. We understand the importance of meeting projected lead times.


Facade Drafting and Detailing Services

Facade System Drafting and Detailing
Unitized and Stick Curtain Wall
Ribbon Windows
Punched Window
Operable Windows/Vents
Sliding Glass Doors
All-Glass Walls
ACM Cladding Systems


A typical set of drawings will contain the following:

1. Cover Sheet:

This sheet contains all the miscellaneous job information including: general notes, door schedule, door hardware schedule, miscellaneous glass and glazing schedule, glass type schedule, legend, window schedule, general contractor information, architect information, job location, revision block and an area for architect/contractor approval stamps and comments.


2. Die Sheet(s):

This sheet(s) contains all of the dies (and associated part numbers) that will be utilized in the project.


3. Key Floor Plan Sheet(s):

The floor plans are drawn to a scale of 1/8″ = 1′-0″ and contain the locations of all the work shown on the shop drawings. All work is keyed with a sheet number for quick access.


4. Elevation Sheet(s):

The elevations are typically drawn to scale at 1/2″ =1′-0″ (“d” size sheet). Typical elevations include all dimensioning, quantities, architectural references, detail balloons with sheet numbers, door numbers, and door swings.


5. Detail Sheet(s):

The details are typically drawn at full scale (“d” size sheet). Typical details include dimensioning, architectural references, perimeter construction (substrate) and notes (part numbers, by other designations, fabrication and installation notes).