During the development of the construction documents, our Project Development team will work closely with the Project Management team reviewing the plans and specifications to provide an overall constructability assessment of the design documents. This is a valuable process to ensure that the project reflects the way the project will be built in the field including critical details. Our goal is that the project will not contain design roadblocks, and that design alternatives are presented to the team for review prior to the final construction drawings. This will not only save valuable design time and cost, but will save valuable time in the field.
Along with this review, the project development team, staffed by our experienced estimators develop and update a detailed project budget, including value engineering options, alternate pricing, and other options . These budgets are detailed, giving specific line-by-line breakdowns of all work to be performed, including quantities, unit pricing and assumptions. The budget is developed using input from our project managers, superintendents, architects, engineers and the client.
We will also price key components with to our select group of subcontractors and suppliers. Pricing key items with subcontractors and suppliers enables us to validate our unit costs in our estimate and eliminate any items that could impact the budget adversely. We can do this without obligation to any subcontractor or vendor.
In conjunction with the construction budget, we can also assist in developing an Owner’s Budget. This supplemental budget contains all construction costs, but also tracks all non-construction expenditures which will impact the overall project cost, such as architect and engineering fees, furnishing costs, equipment costs, technology and other costs not specifically covered within the construction budget. Our clients have found this budget to be valuable in managing their projects because it represents the true cost of their project.
Schedule development is, like our budgets, done on a continuous basis to provide the most accurate schedule structure possible. Every aspect of the work is scheduled in detail, with project phases, milestones, and objectives, and long lead items input to create a critical path for the project. Input from the entire project team, along with lead times, fabrication, delivery and installation requirements from our sub-contractors, are accounted for within the schedule. Every project is different and needs a customized approach, we put a lot of thought into how to best phase and schedule the work in order to meet the client’s specific needs. Whether the priority is minimizing impact on current daily users or residents, meeting a tight deadline, doing our best to minimize the impact New England’s ever changing weather has on the project, or all of the above our experience enables us to tailor the most effective schedule for our client’s project.