PLANNING & CONSTRUCTION
Project Planning and Construction
Planning construction can be complicated and must be managed thoughtfully. The goal is coordinating design requirements into an integrated delivery that is reliable and economical.
Begin with investigating cost and design constructability, then develop a construction delivery plan understanding the local conditions coupled with design requirements. Early involvement by the project team provides critical and appropriate strategic planning and team building.
Bidding and Award
Lead team through entire bidding process. Participate in the advertising, site walks and pre-bid conferences. Document questions from contractors during the bidding phase. Assist in reviewing bidder questions and responses to confirm that the responses are reasonable.
Construction team goals include:
Safety is not just a word but integral part of the project.
Project scope is fully defined.
Quality materials and workmanship are the norm.
Project remains on schedule.
Established budget is not exceeded.
Well established management practices and communications tools keeps the project on track and consist.
The milestone schedule is a critical project control. Develop a logical baseline schedule to measure construction progress. This becomes a team effort to work through issues mitigating design and other related delays, while holding the contractor directly responsible for all performance issues.
Change Order Management
When changes occur, vigorously manage to protect against budget shortfalls. Bring resolution in the field prior to bringing a change request. Working side by side with the contractor and understanding an issue early, gives time to review and instruct the contractor to redirect or offer cost effective solutions, as a team. And early recognition of a possible claim gives a head start on solutions.
Communication / RFI
We all know how critical proper communication is to the construction process. Proper communication is essential to project success. From the very start, openly communicate with the team with all issues such as progress and challenges, planned disruptions, emergency notifications, and responses.
Day to day clarification revolves around the RFI process for design details, connections, materials, finishes, etc. The designer must be dedicated to communicating through conversation and RFI response quickly turning around answers. It's just as important to monitor this process, so it's not abused with unreliable questions.
Communicate and engage the team to explore and fine tune to become better communicators.
Our goal is building a collaborative team that sees eye-to-eye as peers throughout the course of the project. This is key to meeting all performance expectations. Utilize project controls and project communications to reinforce the integration of the team and use key performance indicators to provide ongoing productive feedback to team members. In the spirit of collaboration, we work together to insure any issue resolution is done timely and not allowed to become a bigger issue.
Lead all Close-Out tasks is to ensure project is fully completed and functioning according to specifications when it is turned over to the Client. Coordinate the closeout process as outlined in the specifications and in accordance with requirements.