Pre-Construction & Construction management

At the core of Matura’s pre-construction services is the certainty that your project benefits from our decades of experience. Proactive involvement during the pre-construction phase has the greatest positive influence on a project’s final outcome.

From the start, Makatura incorporates a pre-construction process for each project to identify issues that may deter a project’s goals. Early engagement in pre-construction processes equals solutions that provide the best possible value with the greatest benefit to schedule and cost.

During the pre-construction process, we enhance the collaborative environment by anticipating and analyzing expected issues, gathering the opinions of our trade and design partners and developing plans to achieve the desired outcomes.

A comprehensive pre-construction process includes three critical elements:

    • Identification of objectives,
    • Assessment of risk, and
    • Implementation of appropriate tools to mitigate these risks

We are committed to working with you and your team to leverage the full benefit of our expertise. During pre-construction, our goal is not limited to simply defining project parameters such as cost and schedule. Our expertise helps identify and actively plan for construction issues that may place the budget and schedule objectives at risk. 

We provide a full suite of pre-construction services to ensure all project issues are discussed and addressed well before the shovel is put in the ground. These services include:

Feasibility Studies
An evaluation of a proposed project based on preliminary and raw data that is designed to determine the probability of successful completion. Generally, a feasibility study precedes drawing development and project implementation. This is also the first opportunity to discuss value engineering ideas and environmentally sustainable options.

Constructability & Design Reviews | Material Selections
A wide-ranging study of all related factors to the feasibility of a project. The purpose of the review is to determine the viability of a project before it begins by providing accurate scope definition and material/system specifications, while working with the architect or designer to resolve any design conflicts.

Value Engineering
Systematic analysis that identifies and selects best value alternatives for designs, materials, processes and systems. During this process, we work closely with the client’s architects, engineers and designers, repeatedly asking, “Can the cost of this item or step be reduced or eliminated without diminishing the effectiveness, quality, or client satisfaction?”

Quantity Take-off | Cost Estimating
Quantity Takeoff—Process used in estimating in which detailed lists are compiled, based on drawings and specifications, of all the material, labor and equipment necessary to construct a project. The cost estimator uses these lists to calculate how much it will cost to construct the project.

Cost Estimating—Approximation of the probable total cost of a project, computed on the basis of available information. Four common types of cost estimates are (1) Conceptual Estimate: rough approximation of cost within a reasonable range of values prepared for information purposes only. This is also often called “a ball park estimate.” (2) Preliminary budget estimate: approximation based on well defined (but preliminary) cost data and established ground rules. (3) Proposal estimate: based on cost data sound enough for entering into a binding contract (4) Not to Exceed Estimate: maximum amount required to accomplish a given task, based on firm cost estimate.

Scheduling and Logistics Planning
A comprehensive list of a project’s elements with intended start and finish dates that are often estimated in terms of resource requirements, budget and duration, linked by dependencies and predecessors. During the scheduling process, unique logistical obstacles or critical tasks are clearly identified and integrated into the schedule to allow for a seamless construction progress. Site specific safety and planning issues are also addressed during logistics planning and any time adjustments are incorporated into the schedule early to avoid delays during the project. Utilizing the latest construction scheduling software, the schedule can easily be modeled to identify conflicts and results of delays and create a response plan.

Request for Proposal (RFP)
RFPs are distributed to qualified potential contractors and suppliers, who then respond with not only a price quotation, but also a detailed cost proposal. When issued properly, contractors and suppliers are notified of (1) project description and scope of work, (2) project goals, (3) specifications, (4) schedules or timelines, (5) insurance requirements, (6) contract type & requirements, (7) terms and conditions (8) instructions for the preparation of proposals, (9) general criteria used in the evaluation process. RFPs provide an “even playing field” for all interested bidders and are used as a basis for contract negotiations. Each proposal received is easily comparable to the others and assists the project team in discovering the most complete and competitive bids.

Bid Review and Analysis
A critical evaluation, breakdown and comparison of proposals (bids) by individual and sometimes competing architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. During this process, any omissions or substitutions in the proposal price can be identified and addressed before signing the contract, which can help mitigate change orders, saving you time and money. 

In summary, Makatura is committed to seamlessly transitioning your project from the preconstruction process into the construction phase for superior final results.