Typically, a contractor is tasked with two roles during preconstruction:
- Serving the owner by getting the project into budget;
- Serving the architect by finding the best ways to turn their vision into reality.
When these two roles are managed with respect, collaboration and teamwork, the design and preconstruction process can be harmonious and productive.
At Pinkard, we operate under the principle that owners AND architects are our clients, and when we work for the best interests of both, the project gets the benefit.
We see the best way to serve both our owner and architect clients is to work in strong, collaborative relationships that work toward owner goals in an open, solutions-focused environment. Our goals include:
- providing complete, accurate estimates at each drawing phase to help preserve your construction administration (CA) budget
- finding cost effective ways for the architect/contractor team to meet our owner’s goals, budget and programming while maintaining design integrity
- completing the project in a way that our owners will be raving fans of their chosen architect/contractor team.
Key strategies to achieve these goals include
- developing a highly functioning and responsive team
- working for an understanding of your design priorities that will guide us through the process
- conducting constructability review as a partnership to ensure the best possible CD’s and fewer RFI’s and COR’s
- engaging in open, proactive, solutions-focused value engineering and problem solving
- providing real time estimating with co-location during critical design phases
- maintaining frequent check-ins from senior management to ensure that we are meeting your goals
- holding efficient project meetings that respect your busy schedules
- achieving outstanding quality, fit and finish to showcase your design.
- avoid costly redesigns with full, complete and accurate pricing that anticipates final design intent at each design phase
- present estimates to the architect first to assure alignment with current plans, design intent, and anticipated scope