What is PRE-Construction? An Ever Perspective
PRE-Construction services are used in planning a construction project before the actual construction begins. It is considered to be part of construction project management. It can provide owners with a formal approach for developing scope, cost, and schedule to execute capital projects. This is where we ensure a good foundation for the project.
- Create project program identifying your needs and expectations
- Finalize conceptual size, appearance and material quality of building
- Create conceptual floor plans with the emphasis on production process flows
- Finalize project team members including design consultants and inspectors
What does the process entail?
First, we meet with the client to determine where in the process they are of defining the project. Then we find out what their objectives are for PRE-Construction and what questions/issues they need to resolve.
The EVER team then assesses the level of effort required to get the client to the next step of their process (described in step 1) and the level of accuracy required by the client. We’ll define the deliverables needed to get the client to the determined point and the time frame required to do so.
What are the benefits of the PRE-Construction effort?
The main benefit is a firm project scope, schedule, and cost estimate for the owner. The cost estimate depends on the level of accuracy needed by the client. The PRE-Construction process is useful to evaluate the constructability of the project and identify opportunities for value engineering. We can also provide the owner with the following deliverables:
- Project scope
- Execution plan
- Risk analysis
- Constructability review
- Cash curve
- Integrated Project Schedule
- Evaluations as specified by client
- Basis of design
- Procurement plan
- Equipment list
- Options for alternative cost-saving equipment
- Analysis of different equipment approaches
- P&IDs (piping and instrumentation diagrams)
- Electrical loads
- Single-line diagram
- Instrument list
- Execution plan
- General arrangements
- Site plan and site evaluation
- Evaluation of decisions to be made such as expansion/upfit versus new facility
- Analysis of the manufacturing process and product
- Suggestions such as manufacturing raw materials versus buying from supplier
- Utility Diagrams
These deliverables are used in the next project phase or archived for use when the project economics are justified.
What are the primary benefits to the owner?
There are a number of benefits for the owner. Many of our clients use our PRE-Construction process as the basis for their capital project appropriation process. Most importantly, the owner has a defined basis to make an informed decision. The EVER PRE-Construction process takes out many of the unknowns of a project and reduces risks for the owner. We can also identify areas for potential cost savings. The clients we work with like to evaluate the different scenarios upfront and have a defined path to construct the project prior to funding approval.
What are the costs of a PRE-Construction effort?
The cost of PRE-Construction is typically 1% – 3% of the Total Installed Cost (TIC) of the project, depending on the complexity and amount of work needed to meet the objectives of the PRE-Construction effort.
How long does it take?
Depending on the scope of the PRE-Construction effort, it can take anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks which is very quick considering the amount of value added.
What type of impact will PRE-Construction typically have on the overall final project in terms of schedule and costs compared to traditional methods?
We have seen PRE-Construction efforts have a significant impact on the overall project, and save the owner significant time and money. Since we determine the cost and schedule of the project upfront; we can reduce the number of changes, unexpected costs, and variations of schedule during the project; we can identify early where possible problems will occur; and we can better identify cost savings opportunities. In addition, we also assume the cost risk once the project is funded.
How can you guarantee costs?
We maximize our design effort and focus on critical items that will have the most impact on the cost and schedule, and then we go to the market for pricing. We don’t just rely on historical cost data. In addition, we tap into our firm’s experience and expertise working on similar projects. This experience is vital to our confidence in offering guaranteed costs.
How does EVER PRE-Construction process deliver value to the customer?
The EVER PRE-Construction process defines costs, schedule, and scope for the owner, while reducing risks. Owners are better equipped to make informed decisions about their capital investments. We are able to provide owners with the proper documentation they need to obtain project approval and funding. Our clients regularly use the EVER process to help decide to go or no go on the project.
What are some examples of issues that can be resolved during the PRE-Construction process?
There’s a whole range of unique issues we can address. Some of the most common include:
Site selection and requirements
Go / No Go – (Project feasibility)
Equipment selection (Option analysis)
Options for the schedule to avoid obstacles such as critical equipment deliveries, planned production, weather, holidays, etc.
Evaluation of utilities
Evaluation of soil conditions
Identify permitting requirements and issues early on
Value engineering options and building material analysis
Cost savings options and constructability reviews
The PRE-Construction process provides owners with enough information to evaluate and begin site selection.