Phase I - Pre-Design Survey & Investigation
We conduct a site survey tailored to gather the data necessary to draw appropriate conclusions regarding existing conditions and to design a cost-effective solution. As a first step, we review any available building drawings and repair records. During the on-site portion of the investigation, necessary measurements and testing are conducted and documented. The process is memorialized in a report documented with photographs. The investigation report contains repair recommendations and alternatives, as well as preliminary budget estimates associated with each alternative.
Phase II - Design (Drawings & Specifications)
As circumstances dictate, we develop a code-compliant design that addresses the root causes of deterioration. We provide a permit-ready design (with a professional engineer's seal) that avoids cost and delay associated with questioning from the permit office. Where necessary, we assist the contractor with permitting issues. Our goal is to provide sufficient detail in the design to generate the lowest overall project cost. In this phase, we develop a comprehensive project budget.
Phase III - Bidding
We prepare comprehensive bid documents that enable us to evaluate pricing in multiple scenarios and compare them to construction schedules. This allows us to make confident and well-documented recommendations for awards. We administer a pre-bid conference at the site to discuss the scope of work, specifications, project logistics, and any special client requirements.
CSG typically conducts the bid opening, tabulates the results, and presents the client with a letter of recommendation for the contractor selection with an explanatory rationale. Typically, this includes meeting with the client to review the results of the bidding and to make the contractor selection.
Phase IV - Preconstruction
In the preconstruction phase, we review and negotiate the contract sum and unit prices with the selected bidder and develop the contract document (typically an AIA contract, augmented with any specific owner requirements). We then coordinate and conduct an on-site preconstruction conference, and subsequently prepare meeting minutes. We also review, negotiate, and approve contractor's Schedule of Values, and review and approve/reject contractor's certificates of insurance, bonds, submittals, and shop drawings.
Phase V - Construction Management & Quality Assurance
We provide oversight throughout the construction phase, acting as the client’s representative on-site. This begins with coordinating the contractor’s construction schedule and phasing of work and reviewing the mobilization plans, general condition requirements, safety considerations, etc.
We then conduct regular on-site inspections to monitor the progress and quality of the work. We prepare and submit field reports, documented with photographs, illustrating adherence of the work to the design and the construction materials’ compliance with specifications. Each site visit is followed by a written inspection report detailing our observations, identification of problems, and any instructions issued to the contractor.
As necessary, we provide on-site field clarifications of design requirements and documentation of any guidance or changes. We review any "hidden" conditions revealed in the course of the construction process. We then review and negotiate, as required, any contractor requests for change orders.
Throughout construction, CSG coordinates and conducts regular progress meetings with the client and the contractor, and prepares and distributes written minutes for each meeting.
The progress of the work is tracked and documented with reference to the contractor’s construction schedule; we note any deficiencies and recommend corrective actions required to maintain or recover the schedule. We coordinate site inspections for material manufacturer’s representatives to ensure that contractor is complying with manufacturer’s specifications and recommendations for the application of the materials, as well as to verify the manufacturer will issue a warranty on the products.
We provide on-site quantity take-off verification of unit price quantities completed by the contractor. We offer regular budget updates of unit price quantities completed to date. We review the contractor’s Applications for Payment and Lien Waivers and make payment recommendations for the client. We give updates and reconciliations on payments recommended to date with each payment application.
After the project, CSG prepares a punch list and performs final inspections. We review all warranty documents, final clean-up, and final application for payment. Lastly, we develop a Project Close-Out Manual, which includes copies of all necessary documents relating to the construction project.