Each project has its own unique challenges and personality. Therefore, Jim Murphy & Associates approaches each job with an open mind and a clean slate. Our goal is to provide precisely the services the client needs. Our foundation for achieving the goal is teamwork joined with flexibility. JMA does not sit back and wait for the Architect/Engineer to finish the drawings before we begin work. We actively look for ways to help the Owner and Architect/Engineer make design decisions by supplying budgets, value engineering, and suggestions for alternative materials. We search for solutions to problems, do on-site investigations, and look for what is missing.
Here is a checklist of Pre-Construction Services we often provide:
Review programming and design as it progresses, and prepare preliminary estimates of the construction costs.
Review preliminary material specifications and design details and advise on material availability and "constructability" of design.
Prepare, monitor, and maintain a project schedule that evolves as the design progresses.
Identify, quantify, and explain the impact on costs and schedule of any value engineering items.
Identify long lead items and materials that may require pre-purchase, and make recommendations on schedule and costs.
Prepare and update construction cost estimates as needed to ensure the budget is maintained.
Recommend alternative methods / materials to improve the schedule, reduce costs, and facilitate construction.
Work together with the Owner's representative, Architect, Consultants and Subcontractors as catalysts for the Owner. Identify any areas of potential conflict in the construction documents and assist the Owner in resolving them before construction begins.
Track and report on the status of pre-purchased materials.
Prepare a schedule of unit prices that may be needed in the performance of the work.
Finalize a list of approved subcontract bidders. Prepare bid schedules, instructions to bidders and conduct pre-bid meetings.
Receive at least three bids per trade. Prepare bid analysis outlining areas of qualification and make recommendations to Owner for award. All bidding information, bids and qualifications are to be available for review by you and your representatives.
Establish a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the work based on bid analysis. Include the date of substantial completion and a complete listing of each of the subcontracted trades.
Attend periodic design review meetings. Contribute as requested.
Help obtain necessary building permits and encroachment permits.