Partnering and Objectives Alignment
Our personnel understand the benefits of working together and developing win-win relationships with clients, designers, and subcontractors. We believe that knowing and trusting each team member is the strongest factor in forming a productive working relationship. Partnering becomes truly successful when participants are recognized as valuable team players and each party unites in the best interest of the project.
Each project begins with a series of kick-off meetings that we organize, document, and track. We conduct an Owner, Designer, and GC kickoff that defines the project priorities and roles of responsibility. In this meeting we identify any risk factors on the horizon such as lead times, unspecified finish selections, and missing or vague architectural and engineering details. Once identified, we then establish a time line and process for resolving any known issues. The Owner is given the floor to vocalize any must-hit dates or concerns about the process, and we document and prioritize the Owner’s input.
At the Owner kick off meeting we will provide a preliminary project schedule and will use this opportunity to walk through the timeline and adjust where needed. We establish key milestones and schedule check-in dates, assign points of contact, agree on turn-around times for RFI’s, submittals, pay application reviews, and change orders. This information is summarized and distributed in a quick-reference format for everyone’s convenience.
Before breaking ground, we conduct kick off meetings with each of our subcontractors, during which we review the schedule, manpower, supervision, cleanliness, and the scope of work. Once our expectations are established, we require the subcontractor to sign off on the terms outlined in the scope of work and subcontract agreement. We don’t leave assumptions on the table. We communicate the expectations for performance upfront, require written agreement, and then enforce the agreements.