|We know that 70% of all cost savings are realized in the pre-construction phase of the project. You should expect your contractor to deploy the following systems and procedures to insure success.|
Quantity Discounts On All Material
The contractor should be responsible for all material on the job. This allows them to pool all requirements from all sub-contractors to insure optimum pricing and discounting. It also allows them to insure availability and timely supply.
Accurate Cost Accounting
One of the biggest challenges facing companies today is controlling costs. With energy costs rising and commodity prices getting higher companies are under increasing pressure to find ways to become more efficient. Companies have to be focused on cost and competitiveness and using their resources in the most productive way possible.
Accurate Cost Estimating
A problem with cost over-run can be avoided with a credible, reliable, and accurate cost estimating program. This is a view of the entire project in terms of material, labor, regulatory and compliance costs.
Constructability is a project management technique to review construction processes from start to finish during the pre-construction phase. It is to identify obstacles before a project is actually built to reduce or prevent error, delays and cost overruns.
The term constructability defines the ease and efficiency with which structures can be built. The more constructible a structure is, the more economical it will be. If the design documents are difficult to understand and interpret, the project will be difficult to build.
Life Cycle Analysis
Life cycle analysis is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a projects life from-cradle-to-grave. Life cycle analysis can help avoid a narrow outlook on environmental concerns by compiling an inventory of relevant energy and material inputs and environmental releases.. Evaluating the potential impacts associated with identified inputs and releases and interpret the results to help make a more informed decision.
Value engineering is an effective technique for reducing costs while increasing productivity, and improving quality. Value engineering is a technique directed toward analyzing the functions of an item or project to determine "best value" or the best relationship between worth and cost. Value engineering in facilities construction is approached in a manner that incorporates environmental sound and energy efficient practices and materials.
Effective Term Management
The marriage between the customer, contractor, sub-contractors, inspectors, vendors and work crews to insure the project flows as efficiently as possible with minimum confusion.
This is the proof in the pudding. If all the above steps are completed as planned the project should come in on schedule, on budget with improved quality.
Senne & Company in Topeka, Kansas is such a contractor. They specialize in general construction, design/build and construction management for office, commercial, industrial, warehouse as well as distribution and manufacturing. They are also Millwrights offering specialized rigging.