How long does it take to prepare an estimate?
What exactly is “value engineering”?
How long does it take to get a building permit?
What are the advantages of having different divisions within the company?
How can AMC help with the preconstruction process and what is involved with that process?
What is “design-build”?
What is a negotiated bid?
What is a competitive bid?
What is the difference between a negotiated bid and a competitive bid?
What are conceptual drawings?
What are working drawings?
What are general conditions?
What is included in the contractor’s fee?
What is a payment and performance bond?
What do I need to do to become a subcontractor for Anderson-Moore Construction Corp.?
What is LEED?
What is Lean Construction?
The personnel dedicated to each project are experts within their respective divisions. AMC’s Estimating, Project Management, Interior Services Division (tenant improvement / build-outs), Medical Division, Ground-up Commercial Division, and Special Services Division, all focus on the specific needs of the project. Furthermore, AMC provides thorough client-development and preconstruction services that guide the owner through each step necessary to deliver the uniquely required construction services.
A. Plan Evaluation – AMC will work with the architect to coordinate the systems and methods being proposed by the architect. AMC will use its own expertise and experience, as well as the expertise of its subcontractors, to recommend the systems and methods used to meet the overall requirements of the owner for initial cost and life expectancy. This plan evaluation includes analyses of structural, mechanical, electrical, and architectural components.
B. Site Evaluation - AMC will work with the engineer to coordinate the site development plans to ensure the most economical methods, materials, and systems are used for the site preparation, utilities, and landscaping for the project. This evaluation includes an analysis to determine if the project can be started sooner by the proper coordination of site development and vertical buildings.
C. Preliminary Budgets - AMC will supply the Owner with budget numbers based upon conceptual estimates using square footage and / or unit costs. These prices are determined by previous experience and AMC’s working relationship with reputable subcontractors. Preliminary estimates are usually accurate to + / - 10% after conceptual plans are complete and allow the owner to make intelligent decisions on how to proceed. The preliminary budgets also emphasize to the owner the level of quality he / she can expect for the budgeted price with the design drawings.
D. Preliminary Schedules - AMC will work with the architects, engineers, proposed subcontractors, and also use its own experience to create preliminary schedules for the entire project. These schedules include the time involved in preparing working drawings, necessary approvals, and the actual construction process. The purpose of the preliminary schedule is for the owner to be aware of the time it takes from the inception of the project to final completion and occupancy.
E. General Conditions - AMC will submit a cost breakdown of on-site general conditions. The general conditions are billed as a direct job expense. These costs include: on-site supervision, temporary facilities, communications, equipment rentals, and miscellaneous costs associated with on-site management.
F. Final Budgets - AMC shall submit to the owner a final budget in which they are willing to contract for a fixed amount. These budgets will include prices on individual line items and will include prices from three to five qualified subcontractors when available.
H. Subcontractor Evaluation and Recommendations – AMC will submit to the owner’s recommendations on the three lowest bids and qualified subcontractors on each budget line item. Although it is the intention of AMC to use the lowest priced subcontractor, the estimating team will research and identify whether subcontractors have financial, manpower, or quality issues, which would prevent them from completing the project in a timely manner. If that is ever the case, AMC would recommend the next highest bidder. This is a synopsis of the Preconstruction Services provided by AMC. Upon successful completion of the Preconstruction Phase, the project is formidably on its way to a successful Construction Phase.
A design-build procurement method provides single-source responsibility to a client with all the benefits of proven design, engineering, and construction experience. It ensures a cost-effective structure to meet the design and quality requirements of any construction project, and also facilitates budget control by shortening the project schedule. Design-build project delivery requires careful planning, as well as professional execution to be useful. AMC is an experienced, successful, design-build contractor.
A negotiated construction project occurs when an owner selects a contractor prior to completion of the working drawings. The contractor, architect, and owner, work together as a team to create a set of permit-able drawings. The contractor’s fee is typically established in advance of the contractor and owner finalizing the contract. The general contractor then solicits competitive subcontractor bids and provides a complete estimate with back-up; including the subcontractor bids combined with cost-of-work (general conditions) provided directly by the general contractor. The contractor then adds the agreed-upon fee, and the total of all the costs becomes the contract amount.
Competitive bidding occurs when an owner contracts with an architect to produce a full-set of working (permit-able) drawings. Upon completion of the drawings, two or more general contractors are then solicited to provide bids. Once the general contractors review the plans, they will construct a proposal with their cost, and submit the proposal in accordance to the plans and specifications provided by the architect.
Within the negotiated bid process, the relationship between the owner, architect, and contractor, is one of cooperation and trust. The contractor is part of the team and works with the architect to identify any errors or omissions which may occur in the development of the working drawings. This includes items such as making sure the structural plans match the architectural plans, assisting the architect in making the most economical decisions for product selections / specifications based on the owner’s intended use and life-cycle costs, and providing accurate conceptual estimates before the entire set of working drawings is complete. Within a competitive bid process, the contractor is under no obligation to provide any information other than a “price” on the plans and specifications as drawn by the architect. The experience and knowledge of the contractor are not utilized for any advantage to the owner.
Conceptual drawings are preliminary in nature and generally provide the basic floor plan, site plan, and elevations for the proposed project. These drawings are used to determine the look of the project, how it fits on the proposed building site, and finally, the drawings are used to create a preliminary construction budget.
General conditions are hard-cost expenses common to most construction projects. They occur at the jobsite and are typically the expenses of the general contractor. These costs include such items as project management, site supervision, trailer rentals (temporary office), temporary utilities, waste receptacles, site IT requirements, communications, etc. General conditions are considered a cost-of-the-job and are not part of the contractor’s fee.