Scope Gap Analysis
A scope gap occurs when two or more subcontract trades make the assumption that a portion of the work that affects multiple trades will be provided by the other trade and both exclude the work from their pricing. It can also occur when a subcontractor misses a detail or portion of the work that they should have priced and inadvertently submits an artificially low price. Under these scenarios, the Owner can incur unexpected costs and unanticipated schedule delays.
Our Scope Gap Analysis service is intended to eliminate both of these circumstances, ensuring that subcontractor pricing is complete and that no portion of the work is mistakenly excluded. With this service, we provide a written Scope of Work to each bidding trade company that ensures all trades provide pricing based on the same set of assumptions. The Scope of Work is tailored to specify all required work of each trade for completion of the construction project. The scope of work can also specify terms for quality, supervision, and so forth to ensure each bidding subcontractor provides pricing that is consistent with our expectations for performance. It also ensures that key aspects of the design documents are not overlooked. The Construction Manager draws lines of delineation between each trade and defines responsibilities accordingly. Before going under contract with any sub-trade, the scope of work is reviewed and executed by the Construction Manager and subcontractor and is incorporated in the contract.
CMS Bush, Inc can administer distribution and negotiation of the Scope of Work with each subcontractor and will enforce adherence to the terms of the Scope of Work.
CMS Bush, Inc can source, solicit, and qualify subcontractor trade companies and vendors as may be needed for pricing or execution of the construction project. This may include interviewing and vetting of companies to verify that they are adequately equipped and financially sound to complete the scope of work within the schedule parameters.
Job Cost Estimating
CMS Bush, Inc can provide turn-key construction cost estimating. We can provide this service in two forms (1) as a General Contractor to submit a competitive bid for the General Contracting contract or (2) we can leverage our industry experience as third party Owner representative to conduct a line item review of GC and sub-contract estimates to verify that costs are in line and no anomalies are present.
Value Engineering Review
Value engineering consists of determining possible equivalent value substitutions and alternate systems that offer budget or schedule savings without sacrificing design integrity or build quality, but which offer greater value in terms of cost, market requirements, and intended usage. True value engineering considers the long-term perspective, total life cycle cost, including maintenance and replacement costs for alternate systems.
CMS Bush, Inc includes this value-added service with any competitive General Contract bidding efforts. We can also act as a third party Owner representative to assist in identifying and evaluating the costs associated with fit, installation, and connection of the A&E specified building systems to determine if any cost effective alternatives are available. CMS Bush will then conduct a pricing effort for the alternate systems and identify the potential savings for consideration by the Owner.
Most architects will admit that there is no such thing as a perfect set of construction drawings. Architectural goals generally emphasize aesthetics and focus on finished product appeal. Sometimes construction processes can be inadvertently overlooked in the design phase or specific architectural details may unnecessarily inflate construction cost and schedule.
To mitigate these risks, we review the building systems, equipment, and finishes as designed with consideration given to (1) assembly means and methods, (2) cost of installation, (3) lead times, (4) detail conflicts, (5) weather resistance and water intrusion, (6) missing or ambiguous information. We will verify that only proven, durable, and cost effective building methods are specified and identify any design details that may be inherently faulty or may result in unnecessary additional construction expense, offering suggestions for alternatives.