Leadership through Analytics

Services

Program Management

Effective program management starts with building a collaborative team of construction professionals (individuals and companies) that have demonstrated skills in the type of work to be performed and that have the communication skills, integrity, and work ethic necessary to take responsible charge of their assigned area of work. We work with owners to develop the goals, objectives, and expectations of their various stakeholders in order for the team and project to be successful. Once the vision of success is established, we assist the owner in the procurement of the designers and builders (in all procurement models) that will ultimately comprise of the project team. Then we work in concert with one another through design and construction with a focus on project leadership, analytics, and communication. At the conclusion of the project, our team turns the facility over to the stakeholders with all resources necessary to properly operate, maintain, and utilize the new asset.

Construction Management

Successful construction management requires a ton of good old fashioned ‘nose-to-the-grindstone’ hard work. We study the design drawings, specifications, contract language, schedule, and site conditions in order to effectively manage the general contractor throughout the construction process. We place an intense focus on each project’s analytics so that we can use the proper tools to steer the project to the desired outcome. We make sure that we know the project better than both the design team and the construction team. Through performing our own cost estimating and scheduling in house and onsite, our construction managers are able to address key issues as soon as they arise. The result is a positive workplace and a successful project.

Cost Estimating

Comprehensive cost estimating begins at the very conception of the project and continues until the completion of construction. There are several stages during the design and construction process where the estimate is updated, reviewed, revised, and approved. We typically update our estimates at: Conceptual Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, 50% Construction Documents and 100% Construction Documents. When construction is underway, monthly updates are performed to ensure the project remains within budget. Finally, at the conclusion of construction, the project costs are reconciled with the original estimate in order to close out the project.

Scheduling

Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling is an essential element for effective project management both for construction management firms and general contractors. Our services include the development of baseline schedules, schedule updates, and analysis reports based on actual construction progress. Utilizing these tools, we can better understand the status of the project and make better decisions as we move through construction.

We use both Primavera® P6, and MS Project® software depending on the requirements of the project and the preference of the team.

Scheduling services include

  • 1 Master program schedules
  • 2 Design phase schedules
  • 3 Detailed construction schedules
  • 4 Construction phase schedules
  • 5 Completion and turnaround schedules
  • 6 Look-ahead schedules
  • 7 Recovery schedules
  • 8 Mitigation schedules
  • 9 Cost and resource loading of schedules
  • 10 Periodic updating of schedules
  • 11 Preparation of schedule reports
  • 12 Schedule analysis and trending
  • 13 Progress completion verification (percent complete)
  • 14 Review and analysis of schedules prepared by others
  • 15 Analysis, preparation and/or testimony regarding delay and disruption claims
Stone Creek Metrics
Stone Creek Metrics

Constructability Reviews

The quality of the construction documents has a significant impact on the overall cost of the project and the schedule. A high quality set of construction documents will lower change order rates, minimize delays, and save a large amount of collateral damage throughout the construction process. Our constructability reviewers are experts in their respective fields. Most have field work backgrounds and have been trained to perform these reviews. Our reviews contain technical corrections, recommendations, and suggestions of changes for incorporation into the design documents.

We currently offer constructability reviews in the following disciplines in commercial building construction:

  • 1 Civil Engineering/Site Utilities/Earthwork
  • 2 Sitework Hardscaping & Landscaping
  • 3 Architectural Design
  • 4 Structural Engineering (wood framing, structural steel, and concrete foundations)
  • 5 Mechanical Engineering (HVAC and Plumbing)
  • 6 Electrical Engineering
  • 7 Low Voltage/Communications/Data Engineering
  • 8 Fire Alarm Engineering