Fast Track Construction
Fast Track construction is a delivery method that promotes construction starting prior to the full design being complete. Construction in this modern day is constantly pushing for faster build times to ensure deadlines are met for the client’s business needs, or to safeguard that students have a facility for the upcoming semester. These real-world situations are top priority for fast track construction projects. To achieve this the project team must have extensive experience with the distinctive project risks and obstacles.
Territorial Electric has an impeccable record, guaranteeing that project deadlines are met.
Engineered: Design – Bid – Build
Still the most common project delivery method is the separation between the design and construction process. A client will select an engineering firm to design a project through a process of meetings and discovery sessions to achieve the best design for the client’s needs. Often throughout this project snapshot budgets are achieved through the assistance of contractors and sub-contractors to ensure cost is managed.
Once design is completed the project is issued for tender. The tender process establishes bids and the owner with the aid of the design team chooses a contractor to construct the project.
Construction management is most common between owner and general contractor. The owner selects a Construction Manager usually through an RFP process gauging criterion such as budget cost, quality, track record, approach, and schedule. Once selected the construction manager becomes a key member of the team during design to assist with continual budgets, constructability input, and potential cost savings. The construction manager is eventually tasked to provide reliable sub-contractors to work on the project.
Depending on the complexity and type of project some of the larger key sub-trades (generally mechanical and electrical) can be invited to submit an RFP to be a sub-construction manager to help with early design, cost control, and scheduling. These services are typically determined by a fee that is presented in the RFP process, often called a cost-plus-fixed-fee structure. Like design build, this process allows construction and productivity to continue while design is still happening in other areas of the project.
Design Build / Design Assist
Design build and design assist services are terms used often in the construction industry. The question lies in what is the difference between these two delivery methods?
Design build creates a single point of contact for the client. This point of contact is the contractor who works with the client to achieve their vision, while still maintaining proper design and engineering practices, to ensure a safe and reliable facility. This approach is also able to reduce build schedules by overlapping design and construction phases of a project. Design assist on the other hand allows a design representative from the contractor team to become an integral part of the design team. Coupled with the architect and consultant team, the contractor can provide invaluable insight into design ideas, install methods, and cost escalation in the early stages of a project. Both delivery methods help mitigate unforeseen changes and in turn costs to the project down the line.
Territorial Electric has played a key role in multiple success design build and design assist projects.