Pre-Construction

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Design Review 

Review the plans and specifications developed by the Architectural/Engineering teams and makes practical recommendations for the construct-ability that may save time and/or money. 


Building Systems Analysis 

Analyze building systems, materials, and equipment as to their appropriateness, first cost and life cycle investment. 


New/ Innovative Development Advisement 

Review design drawings with respect to new and innovative developments, which may produce savings in time and/or money while maintaining or improving quality. 


Long Lead Items Identifications

Review design for adaptability to staged construction, in order to make early commitments for the purchase and fabrication of long-lead items. 


Construction Feasibility 

Evaluate the design to ensure construction feasibility, construction ease and speed, the use of appropriate labor saving, off-site fabrication, and pre-assembly of building systems. 


Specifications Review 

Review design specifications to  ensure conformance with current trade practices and appropriate allocation of equipment purchases and work assignments. 


Alternate Systems Review 

Review design specifications to ensure that alternate systems, components, materials and techniques are fully identified and specified so as to permit proper bidder response. 


Bidding Alternates Development

Where appropriate, develop bidding, alternates on materials, construction techniques, fabrication and installation methods, to take advantage of current conditions in the construction marketplace.


Budget Preparation

Prepare comprehensive trade-by-trade project budgets, at various levels of design refinement, including detailed cost development of systems, assemblies, equipment and materials. 


Local Pricing Analysis

Advise Owner of anticipated project start dates and current pricing for labor and materials throughout the project area.


Labor Market Analysis

Investigate, analyze and advise Owner of existing and projected labor availability in key trades. Review design to minimize allocation of work too less readily available trades. 


Local Work Practices Advisement

Advise on jurisdictional assignments, labor agreement obligations, trade restrictions and local work practices. 


Project Implementation Plan 

Develop and utilize a project implementation plan to analyze special requirements and conditions.  Detail all such requirements and conditions in the bidding documents before the actual work commences in the field. 


Fast Tracing Analysis

Identify opportunities for “fast-tracking” the overall project schedule and evaluate costs and benefits of such strategies. 


Special Items Identification

Identify requirements for off-hours work, overtime work, programs, and shutdowns so that such requirements may be addressed in the bid documents. 


Scheduling 

Develop bar chart, milestone and CPM schedules, which highlight critical decisions, identify long-lead items, and provide for their advanced procurement.

Bidding Phase

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Bid Package Coordination

Review the complete list of bid packages for all materials and work, in order to provide full assignment coordination and responsibility for the work. 


Bid Formal Advisement

Review and advise on the bidding format and instructions for each trade, to ensure proper response to base bids, specific alternate bids and unit price requests. 


Early Purchase Bid Package Review 

Review early purchase bid packages.  Confirm inclusion, in major installation packages, of all requirements for special receipt, handling, and installation of materials and equipment to be furnished by others. 


Bidder Analysis

Confirm Contractors’ availability, reputation and capacity for reliable performance, bond ability and other information for their inclusion on the Bid List. 


Bidder Interviews

Interview qualified contractors to induce and confirm their interest in bidding, and to ensure effective competition between bidders. 


Bidders List Recommendation

Establish, subject to Owner’s approval, the recommended Bidders List for major elements of the work.


Pre-Bid Conferences

As required, schedule and administer pre-bid conferences, and assist in the response to questions raised during the bidding period. 


Bid Evaluation

Evaluate Base Bids, Alternate Proposals, Unit Prices, and such other data as may be pertinent. 


Analysis Of Cost Proposals

Review all cost proposals in relation to the known local and current market for similar work.  Extensive in-house cost data and recent buyout information is used in these analyses. 


Scope Meetings

Lead meetings with bidders to discuss and understand their bids and proposed approach, to ensure that they fit within the coordinated construction schedule.  These meetings cover project logistics, manpower and sequence of operations. 


Independent Evaluation

Make a complete independent evaluation of the bids and post-bid discussions, contractor selection, alternates to be accepted, unit prices to be included, and make recommendations for award. 

Construction Phase

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On-Site Field Personnel

Provide an experienced field staff responsible for day-to-day, on-schedule and on-budget performance of the construction work in accordance with the contract documents, if required. 


Project Documentation 

Maintain all project documentation systems at the job site.  These systems are used to organize and administer document updates and to continuously keep the trade contractors current with the latest design conditions. 


Procedures Manual

Establish a Project Administration  Procedures Manual for project administration for use in the field by all CM team numbers.  This manual outlines specific guidelines for normal daily   operations, safety, change order procedures, and project organization. 


Contract Documents Interpretation

Expedite and assist in the clarification of contract documents and provide additional information as   required, to facilitate contractor decisions on-site. 


Site Logistics Plan 

Develop, consistent with the overall project schedule and cost objective, a logistics plan which allows the contractors to complete their work in a coordinated, efficient manner with minimal impact to the neighboring occupants and traffic to and around   the project. 


Shop Drawing Submittal

Maintain and coordinate a shop drawing sample submission system for timely approval of contractor or vendor submissions by the design group. 


Project Scheduling 

Develop maintain and implement a master project schedule and solicit contract schedule updates from all trade  contractors as work progresses. Integrate contract schedule updates into master project schedule. 


Weekly Job Meetings

Conduct weekly on-site job meetings with all trade contractors to maintain overall job direction and progress. Monitor contractors’ labor levels and equipment deliveries.


Quality Assurance 

Review all work in progress on the project’s site to assure the highest quality in accordance with design plans and other contract documents. 


Cost Reporting 

Prepare, produce and maintain a cost reporting and forecasting system to track project cost and keep the Owner abreast of changes and revisions which impact project costs. Provide monthly reports, with complete back up on the project’s total cost. 


Contractor Payment Administration 

Administer all approved payments to contractors and perform all construction accounting consistent with the Cost Reporting System. 


Change Order Proposals

Solicit proposals for scope, contractual, or field condition changes from the contractors and assist the Owner in evaluating the cost of these changes. 


Document Changes

Monitor all changes in the contract documents and confirm their approval by the Owner. 


Change Order Processing 

Review all trade contractor change   orders to ensure that such change orders and the charges in connection   therewith are appropriate.  When approved, integrate change orders into the established cost accounting system. 


Claims Administration

Monitor and evaluate any clams   originating from the work.  Negotiate or otherwise settle all such   construction claims. Testing Of Systems Administer the testing, acceptance and turnover of all systems to the Owner, and assist in the move in. 


Consultant Administration

Recommend and, upon the Owner’s   approval, retain special consultants or inspectors as may be needed.