Pre-Construction Services

We have found that proactive involvement during the pre-construction phase has the greatest potential influence on a project’s final outcome. At the core of our pre-construction services approach is the belief that your project should benefit from our years of experience.

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’ve had the opportunity to learn from every project we’ve been involved  in, and 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.  While this is an important step for every project, of even greater importance is our ability to help identify and actively plan for construction issues that may place the budget and schedule objectives at risk.  Therefore, we believe it is important that we establish ourselves as an integral part of your team very early in the process.

At Makatura Construction, Inc., 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 while 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 Take-Off - 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 with 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 time and money.