To many, the construction management model presents an appealing blend of the other construction methods. In this scenario, the client establishes a project budget and chooses both the architectural design firm and the construction contractor at the beginning of the process. Because they are both team members working for the client toward a common goal, the possibility of conflict is greatly reduced.
Although responsibilities may vary on a specific project, BD typically performs the following services in a construction management scenario.
- Project management
- Cost Control
Design-bid-build has long been the construction model employed for larger construction projects – but it doesn’t necessarily yield the best final product for the dollar. In a design-bid-build scenario, the client hires an architectural firm to develop the initial concept. Because no overall budget has been established, this firm has little incentive to emphasize value over design… and seldom does.
Once the architectural design has been agreed upon, it’s put out for bid among a group of contractors. In theory, but not necessarily in reality, this results in the “lowest qualified bid” to perform the construction aspect of the project.
Because the architect and contractor have divergent objectives, however, the building process can be challenging and delays can result. At the end of the project, problems such as cost overruns or system failures can result in conflict and accusation.
Although we believe the design-bid-build construction model rarely yields the best final results, BD has a long history of working successfully with a variety of architect and engineering firms in the design-bid-build process. We are more than happy to respond to RFPs that are appropriate to our capabilities and workload.
Many, if not most, general contractors regard the financial details of a construction project as confidential – not BD. We utilize a state-of-the art construction accounting program that tracks every detail, down to a single roll of insulation or box of nails, and we’re ready to share the information with clients at any point in the process.
That’s just part of a whole philosophy that makes good, open communication – with clients, with architects and engineers, with subcontractors and with our own field crews – a top priority. We pride ourselves on being easily reachable by phone, cell phone or email, and by being responsive to changing needs and conditions.
BD’s “open book policy” is intended to validate our records management and general company integrity. BD grants owners full access to all construction documents from the inception of the project. We believe this policy of checks and balances improves cooperation and minimizes the possibility of error and misunderstanding.
BD Construction prides itself on the quality of work we do throughout the construction process – and not just in the area of construction. Our philosophy of project management is based on the free flow of communications between BD, the client, architects, engineers and subcontractors, along with a firm grasp on the finances, made possible by state-of-the-art construction accounting software.
In addition to a full range of pre-construction services, you can rely on BD for:
- Obtaining necessary permits
- Site safety
- Cost accounting
- Quality control
- Payment process
- Evaluation and close out
Before the first stake is set, putting in the time to make sure that the building you have in mind is the right thing in the right place is always effort well spent.
In public building projects, this process of pre-planning is called a feasibility study; in private projects it’s generally referred to as a cost analysis.
Until relatively recently, steel building construction was mostly confined to garages, airplane hangars, barns and warehouses. However, BD has found that innovations in manufacturing techniques, building materials, insulation and finishing options, has made this an appropriate method for many types of buildings including churches, retail stores, manufacturing plants, sports arenas, and offices.