Construction PLUS℠

construction-plus-logo-02Sometimes simpler is better. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a company that was the primary point of contact for the entire commercial renovation process that helps write the story of a successful business? A general contractor or builder shouldn’t be concerned solely on the construction phase of the story. The Construction PLUS℠ process offers the client benefits that all other design and construction methods do not. In fact, the Construction PLUS℠  process begins before the architect is even engaged. Below are the key services of Construction PLUS℠ used by Construction DesignWorks:

NA    NEEDS ASSESSMENT & STRATEGY    [Listen to the client, learn about the business, employees and ultimately their space needs]

SS    SITE SELECTION    [Ensure the location(s) is viable as it relates to design & construction]

BI    BUILDING INSPECTION    [Perform comprehensive inspections of all existing space and building components]

FL    FINANCIAL & LEGAL CONSULTATION    [Provide consultants to satisfy the financial and legal needs of construction and lease/purchase process]

RM    RISK MANAGEMENT    [Risk management is the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events or to maximize the realization of opportunities. Risk management’s objective is to assure uncertainty does not deflect the endeavor from the business goals. Refer risk management / insurance specialist to assist in proper coverage and types of policies]

LC    LEASE CONTENT    [A lease is a contractual arrangement calling for the lessee (user) to pay the lessor (owner) for use of an asset (building or space). The design-build general contractor assists both the owner, tenant and commercial brokers in evaluating the impact of the construction allowances and landlord construction responsibilities to insure the lease is fair to all parties]

AP    ARCHITECTURAL PROGRAMMING    [This is the 1st phase of the design process.  It is a thorough and systematic evaluation of the interrelated vales, goals, facts and needs of a client’s organization, facility users, and the surrounding community. A well-conceived program leads to a high-quality design.]

PD    PRELIMINARY DESIGN    [This is the 2nd phase of the design process and incorporates the results of the architectural programming to create a computer generated preliminary plan]

BP    BUDGET PRICING    [Approximation of the cost of the construction project, prepared for budgeting and planning purposes only. Not accurate enough to provide a basis for a firm commitment, it represents only the budget maker’s understanding of the scope and expense of what needs to be accomplished. The estimator uses both historical pricing as well as project specific bids to meet the client’s budget]

VE    VALUE ENGINEERING   [a systematic method to improve the “value” of goods or products and services by using an examination of function. Value, as defined, is the ratio of function to cost. Value can therefore be increased by either improving the function or reducing the cost.]

DB    DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACT    [Design-Build (DB) is a project delivery system used in the construction industry. It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design–builder or design–build contractor. DB relies on a single point of responsibility contract and is used to minimize risks for the project owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project. DB with its single point responsibility carries the clearest contractual remedies for the clients because the DB contractor will be responsible most of the work on the project.]

DD    DESIGN DOCUMENTS    [The unique combination of words and drawings that are construction documents is the last iteration of the virtual building or space—and the first that most nearly approximates its final shape. The heart of any project resides in its construction drawings and specifications. Coordination all architectural, structural and MEP engineering services to provide a full set of design documents sufficient for a successful construction project]

PC    PRE-CONSTRUCTION SERVICES    [Generate sufficient information and communication that the overall project scope of work, expectations and schedule is well understood by all project participants]

CM    CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT    [The overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from beginning to completion. CM is aimed at meeting a client’s requirement in order to produce a functionally and financially viable project. This includes utility coordination such as electrical, gas, eater, TV and internet services]

QC    QUALITY CONTROL    [Quality control emphasizes inspection and testing of products to uncover defects and reporting to project management who makes the decision to allow or deny product. 3rd party agencies are often used for testing of concrete and structural steel installation.]

SM    SAFETY MANAGEMENT    [Provide a safe working environment for all workers, clients and the general public in and around the job-site in accordance with OSHA. Follow a comprehensive safety plan implemented by the general contractor (GC). GC to provide weekly safety meeting on-site for all subcontractors]

TO    TURN-OVER    [The process of turning over a space the is safe for occupancy in accordance with local building code and ready for business by the client. This process includes training and a close out package which insures the client has vital information required for future improvements, alterations, repairs and maintenance]

WP    WARRANTY PERIOD    [The General Contractor to provide a warranty that all materials and equipment used by the contractor will be new and of good quality unless otherwise required. The work will be free from defects other than those inherent in the work as specified; and the work will conform to the requirements of the contract documents.]

PR    PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE    [The primary goal of maintenance is to avoid or mitigate the consequences of failure of equipment. This may be by preventing the failure before it actually occurs which Planned Maintenance and Condition Based Maintenance help to achieve. It is designed to preserve and restore equipment reliability by replacing worn components before they actually fail. Preventive maintenance activities include partial or complete overhauls at specified periods, oil changes, lubrication, minor adjustments, and so on. In addition, workers can record equipment deterioration so they know to replace or repair worn parts before they cause system failure. The ideal preventive maintenance program would prevent all equipment failure before it occurs.]

The old of way of construction created islands in which most of these services were offered autonomously of each other during a pre and post construction process. Construction PLUS℠ is a holistic and new approach to construction. It looks at the big picture for the client.

Defenitions Ref: Wikipedia