GEI delivers. Those two words capture the essence of our philosophy and approach when it comes to design and construction services. As a consultant, this means providing the client with the right combination of technical expertise, project management, consulting, and related services so that they can achieve their objectives.
Our extensive experience in all phases of environmental remediation, including investigation, feasibility studies, remedial design, construction management, regulatory liaison, and public participation, provides us with the capability, perspective and insight to quickly and efficiently assess and solve your problems.
The cornerstone of our method is our Project Delivery Model, which is a framework of proven processes and tools we use to successfully accomplish client work. At the core of the model are three interrelated processes: planning, execution, and managing change. Engineering design and construction projects evolve over time, and our approach explicitly acknowledges that change occurs. We anticipate changes in the planning process, monitor work and look for changes as we execute, and proactively manage changes to keep the project moving toward its objectives. We believe our project delivery framework and approach to dealing with change can provide you with tremendous value.
GEI’s pre-construction services include:
Cost estimating and modeling, using systematic methods and terminology of the American Association of Cost Engineers as appropriate, and published information, such as Means or ECHOS databases, our experience on similar projects, and specific communication with contractors and vendors.
Preparing and evaluating contract documents, including technical specifications prepared according to Construction Specification Institute (CSI) formats. This includes Division 0, or “front-end” components, as well as technical divisions. We are also experienced in the use and interpretation of EJCDC contract forms. We are able to anticipate the contractual and technical issues that contractors may raise and structure the documents so that there is an appropriate sharing of risk between the project owner and the contractor.
Supporting the procurement process by identifying and qualifying prospective bidders, developing a bid evaluation and ranking process, managing and distributing contract documents, preparing for and running pre-bid meetings, documenting questions and addenda, evaluating proposals and exceptions or alternates proposed, modeling anticipated costs as a function of potential changes in quantities or scope, recommending project award, and negotiating a final contract.
Organizing and planning the administration of the project by defining project roles, responsibilities, and authorities. Determining which model of construction management, such as agency or at-risk, best serves our client’s objectives. Planning the lines and methods of communication that will keep project stakeholders appropriately informed. Planning and designing project cost and accounting tracking and reporting procedures and methods.
Communicating with the public, regulatory agencies, and others to obtain the approvals and permits necessary and to create the right expectations for the project.
Scheduling the project, progressing from the early, conceptual phase through the final design and procurement. Developing the appropriate level of schedule detail necessary to manage the project and communicate project status.
Managing contractor submittals, including review and approval of shop drawings or other details, and monitoring the timeliness of submittals.
Once an award is made, we can help you execute and manage the project according to the plans. Depending on the organizational structure, we can fill a number of roles and responsibilities, including:
Leading the project kickoff and building the relationships between the contractor, owner, construction manager, engineer, and others that will lead to a shared understanding of the project’s objectives and each party’s roles, and responsibilities for making the project a success.
Providing resident engineering to ensure the conformance of the project to the design and to interpret and adjust the design as conditions may warrant.
Executing the project communication plan, including regular updates on progress schedule, cost, and budget. Coordinating regular and ad-hoc meetings among the client, the contractor, the construction manager, and others as may be needed.
Monitoring compliance with health and safety plans and rules, including formal audits.
Coordinating production of as-built drawings, operation and maintenance manuals, and regulatory-required reports, including photo and video documentation.
Developing a system to manage and document performance of the built systems during the post-construction warranty period and establishing procedures to enforce warranties, including repair and replacement.
Monitoring for fugitive vapor, dust, and odor emissions.