When your project requires immediate action to meet tight deadlines, United Builders can work with you to complete certain phases of construction or design ahead of schedule, or concurrently, to save time.
Briefly stated, fast-track construction compresses the project schedule by running design and construction phases simultaneously. For example, in a typical fast-track project, foundation and steel packages are purchased before the building layout is fixed. Design may run as little as a week ahead of construction, and myriad design decisions are made in the field. Our clients are increasingly unable and unwilling to accept the protracted schedule of conventional construction.
Time is Money
While the decision to fast track a project is nearly always an economic one, the final costs are generally unknown during the process. For commercial owners, the potential for profit is worth the risk; whereas, for non-profit and government clients, it is essential to know the total cost before building begins. The usual way of controlling cost is to have a guaranteed maximum price given by the construction manager during the later phase of design development. In the early stages, the architect has to anticipate and describe design elements not yet shown, while the construction manager will need to extrapolate potential costs based on experience, and both must communicate their assumptions to the owner. As the design progresses, it is the construction manager’s role to manage the costs. As the price of one item escalates, the cost of another will have to be reduced. Some contracts will carry a design contingency, which is likely to be consumed by the end of this phase. An experienced team with good communication skills will keep to the budget through construction.
Our Clients Say it Best
You have played a very strong leadership role in keeping everyone in check and looking out for our best interest. Dr. Ruben and I are very happy we selected United Builders as our Design Build contractor. – Dr. Herb R. Jalowsky
Tucson Family Medicine
We are just short of a month from final completion and I have to say in working with you and your organization has been a tremendous pleasure and has been a strong asset to the success of this project. I know the project will be completed under budget and a month ahead of schedule.– J. V. Hanson
Seaver Franks Architects, Inc.
Your experience and qualifications helped make this an extremely successful project for the client. Your ability to lead the team and keep everyone on schedule is a tremendous talent. I strongly recommend your firm as the Design-Build general contractor.– David M. Montijo
I want to thank you and your team for meeting the project schedule and budget in creating another great project for Bourn Partners. We all knew the budget for this project was tight along with the ten month design and construction schedule. The leadership you provided along with Michael Fa and Kevin Morrow, our architect, helped to make my job a lot easier.– Phil Skillings
Bourn Partners, LLC