American Construction has years of experience working in Commercial Projects. Our intuitive, efficient and tech construction process will ensure a quality and lasting Commercial build.
As professionals, we have a vested interest in each client. We take time to understand your unique needs and challenges and utilize our wide-ranging experiences within multiple industries to develop a tailored construction management plan. The opportunity to be engaged during the design phase and to collaborate with the team at such an early stage is a significant advantage. Our pre-construction services ensure every aspect of your project is thoughtfully planned out, including anticipating unexpected issues that would otherwise hold up a job. Your project will meet all your objectives while adhering to your time and budget requirements.
We’ll implement the latest cutting-edge methods to actively manage the project at this critical stage, controlling cost and schedule, ensuring well-coordinated design documents are produced, and maximizing value for your construction investment. Our professional staff will also work with you to retain high-quality contractors within your budget constraints, to ensure that every detail for your project is given proper attention.
Design + Build
Single Point of Responsibility
American Constructions design-build contract combines design and construction quality, cost, and schedule into a single point of responsibility. Design-build contracts foster partnering between American Constructions team members, which in turn adds value to a project. This single point of responsibility also helps the design-build team avoid potential adversarial relationships that could arise under traditional, design-bid-build contracts.
Earlier Knowledge of Guaranteed Costs
American Constructions Design-build delivery system allows the contractor to establish a guaranteed cost early on in the design phase. This allows the owner to make changes, request additional value engineering, or add scope to a project before the substantial design is complete.
With a design-build project, design and construction for a project can easily overlap, allowing for fast track construction. The owner benefits from this shortened time frame because construction costs can be reduced and the new building will be available for use sooner.
Design-Build Team Selection
Selecting a design-build team should occur earlier in the construction process, offering the greatest potential to save both time and resources. However, the exact timing depends on the project complexity and the owner’s capabilities. A design-build team can be selected through a competitive bid process or by negotiation.
Under this arrangement, the owner must provide a Request For Proposal (RFP) that will clearly and fairly identify requirements for both the building and the design-build team. The RFP should include all programming, project criteria and definitions to allow a meaningful and fair competition. The most challenging aspect of preparing a RFP is creating a statement of facility requirements that is comprehensive enough to assure compliance by the design-build teams, but avoid overly restrictive requirements that inhibit creativity.
Unlike design-bid-build delivery, a design-build delivery can easily be broken into two separate contracts. This allows the owner to take to take a second look at the project before committing to complete the project. The structure for a split contract may look something like the following:
- Contract One: The design-build team is contracted to complete the project design in sufficient enough detail to fix the price of the project.
- Contract Two: The design-build team is contracted to complete the design documents and the construction work.
An additional consideration when drafting a design-build contract is balanced risk. Design-build projects inherently impose additional risk and responsibility upon the contractor. Contract language should not attempt to pass along risk rightfully shouldered by the owner. Examples of such unbalanced risk transfers include environmental issues, concealed or undiscovered conditions, differing site conditions and third party delays (such as permitting delays beyond the contractor’s control.)
Executing the work in the field remains the most significant phase of any construction project. American Constructions approach emphasizes top quality staff, on site and in key support positions, to implement the plan and manage day-to-day activities. Our team structure provides for senior executive-level involvement, a dedicated project manager, and staff that includes superintendents, engineers, MEP specialists, and safety managers. American Construction also provides online portals, scheduling, accounting and procurement support to all projects with its professional staff.
- Permitting, Bonding and Insurance
- On-site Construction Supervision
- Existing Conditions Investigations
- Master Scheduling
- Trade Contractor and Equipment Procurement
- Cost Control
- Quality Control
- Shop Drawing Review
- Coordination Drawings Review
- Owner and Subcontractor Meetings
- Financial Status Reports and Cash Flow Projections
- Project Status Reporting
- DBE and Affirmative Action Plan Implementation
- MEP Supervision, Coordination and Commissioning
- Follow-up Activities
- Project Close-outs
Improved Project Quality
Using American Constructions design-build delivery, the architect and American Construction can coordinate as a team, leaving an owner free to focus on the project’s scope and general decision making. This leads to a higher quality project that better suits the owner’s needs in the following ways:
- A design-build team works together to produce a complete set of construction documents. By contrast, with a design-bid-build delivery, the owner is responsible for providing complete documents to the contractor.
- Construct-ability can be reviewed throughout the design process by all members of the design-build team. This leads to effective value engineering ideas created by the architect, contractor and engineer working together to maximize design and functionality while maintaining budgetary and schedule concerns.
Value engineering and constructability review are enhanced and utilized continuously throughout the project duration. An early involvement of the American Construction design-build team is essential in maximizing the full potential of the American Construction design-build delivery system. Decisions that can be made during the programming, concept and design phases will impact the schedule and costs of the project more than any other phase of construction.
Improved Risk Management
Because the American Construction design-build team has the responsibility for developing drawings and specifications as well as constructing a fully-functioning facility, change orders for errors and omissions are virtually eliminated. Each stakeholder on the design-build team is responsible for the risks they are best positioned to manage.
The overall project performance in enhanced through the partnering that is unique to the design-build delivery method. This alleviates the potential for the adversarial conflicts realized when each entity is looking after their own best interests.
Selecting a design-build team through a negotiation process allows the owner to avoid creating a RFP, saving both time and cost. This gives the design-build team input during the critical planning and conceptual stage. Regardless of the selection process utilized, owners should evaluate on the following:
- Depth of resources or general reputation
- Management plan & project organization
- Current capacity
- Financial strength/bonding capacity
- Quality assurance
- Innovation & creative problem solving
- Safety plan
- Ability to adhere to a schedule
- Organizational resources
- Team experience
- Proposed key personnel
- Project references
As construction and engineering projects are becoming increasingly complex and expensive, construction technology is changing how companies build, design, plan, and execute projects. To delivery successful construction project takes more than just labor materials. It takes effective communications and accurate, timely information to deliver great results. Our goal is to always provide up-to-date project information that’s easy for the entire team to access, compile, and share – wherever and whenever it’s needed. With incorporating construction technology into our daily basis, American Construction believes it’s best to work on all phases – from design, construction, to operations and management.
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