Structure Tone believes that the efforts put forth in the time leading up to the start of construction are critical to the success of a project. When preconstruction services are implemented, the decisions made during this phase can significantly save clients time and money.
Throughout the preconstruction services phase, Structure Tone staff provide guidance on selection of materials, building systems, equipment and methods of project delivery. We evaluate and make recommendations on the availability of materials and labor, time requirements for procurement, installation and factors related to cost, including but not limited to, the cost of alternative designs or materials.
During preconstruction, the project is fully programmed from all aspects of budgeting and pricing to schedule and project execution. It is during preconstruction that the plan is developed and during construction where it is executed. Key services provided during preconstruction include:
value management, providing practical recommendations for constructability including analyzing building systems, materials, finishes and equipment innovative developments to improve quality pricing for labor and materials today and for the project duration projected labor availability in key trades, local work practices, labor agreement obligations, trade restrictions and jurisdictional assignments trade-by-trade budgets at various levels of design refinement schedules including milestone, critical path, and bar chart schedules that highlight long lead items, procurement timetable and critical decision points prepurchase and fabrication of long lead and/or early start items cost reporting procedures, flow of information, administration of general conditions and deployment records for cost and manpower assessment of construction feasibility, ease and speed of construction and use of labor-saving, off-site fabrication or pre-assembled building systems site logistics planning to optimize the flow of workers, materials and equipment to and from the building site, with a strong emphasis on safety and minimum impact to on-going site or area operations development of safety programs, planning for temporary project facilities, equipment, materials and services for common use by subcontractors bid package coordination and subcontractor prequalification
Michael McCaffrey, CFO, American Red Cross