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Preconstruction Services

Your commitment to our team for budget, schedule, and quality control in a tough, complex construction environment, were challenges you overcame with diligence and class that would make any developer proud. Thank you for your continued commitment to warranty and asset management for our team. More importantly, thank you for your continued friendship.

Richard Pease, President, Brek Management, Inc.

Choate Construction Company has a full-time, in-house staff of professionals dedicated solely to providing our clients with a full spectrum of preconstruction services. Though our services vary based on project delivery method, market requirements and our unique client needs, what doesn’t vary are the results—detailed, accurate and complete data up front, allowing for comprehensive, informed decision-making, cost control and schedule adherence.

Accurate estimating is a key element in our approach to maintaining cost control. Based upon a very limited amount of input, we can provide a detailed and accurate estimate to build a custom facility or modify an existing facility. Choate maintains a database of information on current regional labor and material costs and consistently reviews historical data compiled from similar projects to determine the best methods and materials available to complete the project on time and within budget. This forward-thinking approach enables us to sequentially map out the logistics of an entire project well in advance of construction. Aided by a computerized system based upon decades of experience in the design and construction of a wide variety of projects, our project estimators prepare cost estimates that represent the true market picture. Our estimates will provide a complete and detailed breakdown of how, why and where funds are to be allocated.

Throughout the project, we will estimate and value engineer all costs of the work with regard to options and alternative systems suggested by Choate, the Owner and/or the Architect. These budgets are prepared as soon as project requirements have been identified and are updated continuously for review. All budget information, project costs and related information are reported on a frequent basis. We continually update and further refine this estimate for the Owner’s approval as the development of the drawings and specifications progresses.

Choate Construction Company will provide its clients with some or all of the following preconstruction services based on a diverse range of delivery methods and markets:

Budget Development and Estimating

Choate’s preconstruction teams understand how critical early estimates are to each client’s project success. Choate practices a continuous process of cost control beginning on the day we are selected as part of the project team. From that day forward, we focus on realistic budgeting, accurate documentation and ongoing review of costs to help your maximize your budget dollars. Using our proprietary estimating tools and databases, as well as timely information from the marketplace, our experienced in-house team of estimators collaborates with the project team in the development of an early, accurate budget. As the design develops, we maintain a watchful eye toward the budget, providing advice as to cost, schedule and constructability.

 

Value Analysis

Choate’s systematic and proactive approach to value engineering maximizes the effect of every project dollar spent and is a critical component of our process. This includes cost analysis, identification of alternatives, construction feasibility, considerations relative to labor and material availability, and effect on the project schedule. Our role is to investigate and suggest viable design alternatives that will avoid unnecessary expenditures and provide improved value and economy, while maintaining the design intent and owner goals. During the value analysis review, all expenditures relating to construction, maintenance, operation, and replacement are considered.

 

Constructability Reviews

Based on our decades of experience, the Choate preconstruction team reviews the design documents to ensure the documents are clear, the construction details are efficient, and the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical drawings are coordinated. We will work continuously with all design professionals involved in the project team to ensure there are no “surprises” during construction to impact the overall schedule and/or budget.