Our experience has taught us that getting involved early is the key. By doing so, we are better able to understand the project as it relates to the owners’ needs and expectations. The best facilities and development planning requires a combination of practicality and creativity. The pre-construction process involves delivery methods, accurate conceptualization, detailed cost estimating, site evaluation, and scheduling and selection of the best building systems for a particular project.
We develop and maintain a master schedule, which identifies long lead times, as well as design milestones, permits, and approvals, and early bid package and phasing. This information is reviewed on a weekly basis with the team so that everyone is on the same page at all times.
Our goal during the pre-construction process is to eliminate surprises once construction begins and to build the project as cost-effectively as possible. This is a collaborative effort between all parties; including the owner, architect, design-build consultants, structural and mechanical engineers, and utility companies.
Vulcan Construction, Inc. will work closely with the owner to establish the scope of the project, construction methods, and the target budget. The design-build process works closely with subcontractors, architects, and engineers from conceptual design throughout the completion of the construction drawings and specifications.
Plans and specifications are reviewed in detail with the key trades to determine actual costs and alternate design possibilities. Material selections are made early in the process to ensure accurate costs, means, and methods. Continuous review of actual real-world cost by the owner and design-build team assures that a project design remains within the budget and is completed on time.
When time is of the essence and controlling cost is crucial to the success of the project, it is important that we are involved at this stage so we are able to select the best materials and methods for the construction process.
At Vulcan Construction, Inc. we strive to make changes that reduce costs while maintaining the design intent of the project intact. Our primary role in the planning and design phase is early involvement in order to identify the most cost-effective means of accomplishing the client’s objectives. Our extensive experience with a wide variety of building types and materials enables us to bring forth new and innovative ideas that have a direct impact on the performance and cost of building.
Our goal is to provide quality construction services and retain our clients for years to come. We put our customer’s needs first and follow through on the plans established during pre-construction to deliver an exceptional product on-time and on-budget.
As a general contractor, we take a “hands-on” approach to every project, maintaining the highest safety and quality standards in the business.
We are experienced and have developed excellent relationships with our subcontractors, building departments, and municipalities, which helps the construction process function efficiently.
Successful completion of construction projects requires the right people, the right approach, and the right systems. Our experienced construction project managers have a proven ability to navigate the broad range of regulatory, technical, financial, and scheduling challenges.
We believe that establishing and maintaining high standards for technical quality, creative problem-solving, professionalism, and ethics are prerequisites for building effective relationships with the entire construction team and are key to realizing the financial and schedule goals of any project.
Our construction project managers are experienced with the development and implementation of project control systems ranging from simple document tracking systems to integrated systems that track project issues, schedules, resources, and finances. We recognize that different projects have differing needs, and we pride ourselves on our ability to identify the right solution
A handful of Vulcan Construction team members are in various stages of becoming LEED-Accredited Professionals and Green Associates in order to ensure that projects get certified accordingly.
Vulcan Construction is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
A Collaborative Effort to Attain Your Construction Goals
Our approach and style in providing full construction services for this project will be to work closely and proactively with the owner, construction manager, consultants, and project team to ensure that the project goals are achieved and exceeded. Vulcan Construction team members have used the project team approach on all of our projects. This experience in providing construction services enables us to bring the project systems and culture necessary to succeed. Owners appreciate our strong construction services as projects are built faster and at a lower cost than competitors.
Our cost control efforts begin immediately upon obtaining the project documents and continue through every phase of the project. We are geared with one thing in mind: delivering the product requested by the owner with exceptional quality at the best possible price.
Early notification of issues either increasing or decreasing the overall cost of the project gives the designers, and contractor the best chance of mitigating the adds and allows the owner the opportunity to take advantage of the savings.
Vulcan Construction recognizes that cost control and scheduling during the design phase of the project is as important, if not more so than during the construction of the project. Our project team starts immediately by taking the lead in establishing design meetings with the designers. The importance that Vulcan Construction puts on these meetings is quickly conveyed to the ownership by the proactive participation of the Vulcan Construction project team.
The owner will be kept appraised of all issues as they arise, keeping with our goal of early notification.
Our involvement in the permitting process is also hands-on. Through our local experience, we have established relationships with members of local municipalities. We will assist all team members with the submission of the plans to the city, to scheduling meetings with all departments to address issues or to give the appropriate department a heads-up to what is coming.
We are proud of our individual relationships with local cities and welcome the opportunity to show what distinguishes Vulcan Construction from other firms.
The approach taken with the design development phase carries through with the creation of the construction documents. By keeping the same team together, led by our principal in charge, we keep the momentum of the design phase through the preparation of the construction documents. Our proactive approach and early awareness increase the flexibility of our design.
One of the primary tasks before commencing with construction will be working to optimize the building from a cost perspective so that the owner gets the most value for their construction dollar. Mechanical and electrical systems are focused on and intensely coordinated to minimize budget increase but more importantly evaluated for potential cost-saving with little or no change to the overall program.
Vulcan Construction identifies early in the project critical items requiring release. We work with our subcontractors in determining lead times and the early submission for submittals for approval to the architect.
The early award and release of the MEP design-build portion is essential in keeping the consultants in check and making the most of “value engineering opportunities.”
Vulcan Construction team members have a strong history of successfully completing projects within aggressive, but realistic schedules. We accomplish this by sticking close to what works best—produce a detailed, workable game plan that all participants buy into, then closely manage the progress of the job to achieve the established goals.
We communicate through a series of developing, monitoring, and updating procedures that keep the project team informed and on track. We closely work with our subcontractors to continually evaluate construction components and systems to optimize the project construction duration.
On this project, we have put a particular emphasis on the following major construction elements because they have the most positive impact on the overall costs and construction schedule.
Understanding and evaluating the design intent is key to all of the projects we do. When dealing with any finished product, it is crucial that members of the project team have a full understanding of the products and how they work with each other. Our personnel spend countless hours detailing, reviewing, and scheduling all of the interior finishes to assure that the high quality that is expected is maintained.
Foundation and Superstructure Construction – Understanding the superstructure design and designating the fastest possible construction schedule.
Beyond the system selection, we pay particular attention to exterior penetrations for air supply/exhaust locations and weather tightness of the system. We incorporate the use of respected waterproofing consultants in the Bay Area to assure that we will have no problems with the completed product.
Mechanical and Electrical System Selection, Design, and Installation
Not only will the RFP encourage creativity to optimize cost, but we will continue to value engineer the project through the design process and construction.
By understanding all the issues and incorporating them into our construction schedule, we can put together an aggressive yet attainable schedule that allows the owner to take possession of their project earlier and saves the client dollars in the long run by reducing general-condition costs for all involved in the project.
The personal health and safety of every person on a Vulcan Construction job site is of primary importance; for this reason, Vulcan maintains a comprehensive safety program.
We are fully cognizant that we operate in a hazardous industry and it is our company policy to undertake every possible measure to protect the health and welfare of all personnel. This includes training, equipment, weekly job site meetings, and diligent field personnel constantly watching for and mitigating potential safety hazards.
Our program works because the management insists that all supervisors and employees embody the proper attitude towards injury and illness prevention. This cooperation is integral to the success of our company. Periodic job site inspections and training sessions by our Risk Management Team are important elements in keeping the program foremost in the minds of our employees.
The Safety Manual is mandatory reading for all employees within our organization and addresses all health and safety issues. Our program is strictly enforced with zero tolerance.
All of the Vulcan team members in management positions have received certifications in the OSHA standards for the construction industry 10-hour outreach course.
In addition, all members are first aid- and CPR-certified by the Red Cross Association.
The early planning schedules normally include detailed pre-construction activities for all team events, including work within the following categories:
- Consultant selection
- Design and permitting
- Schedule and budgeting
- Long lead item procurement
- Site setup
Before the beginning of the construction phase, we will prepare a detailed baseline schedule that incorporates the commitments agreed to in the pre-construction effort while reflecting on the design. Input and review will be done by each key participant and the final product will be a comprehensive sequence of the construction, broken into major categories. Each of the major categories include detailed activity sequences and milestone events.
While the baseline schedule will establish the guidelines of necessary progress that will be required to accomplish the project commitments, it will be the short interval schedules that drive the day-to-day events. These break down the larger activities into detailed components for critical tracking and coordination. Short interval schedules are updated weekly and best reflect the current progress of the project and incorporate any changes to the order or pace of construction.
Our compliance with project schedules will be regularly monitored through a combination of daily walks, daily reports, weekly meetings, and monthly reviews. Any schedule threat that is introduced into an acceptable progress of the project will be aggressively dealt with. For complex issues that arise that involve multiple activities, an action plan will be worked out to overcome any anticipated effect.
To the extent that actual field events continue to progress in general compliance with the baseline schedule, the project will rely on short interval schedules for planning purposes. In the event that there is a change in a series or group of project events that introduces a different completion plan, the master schedule will be formally updated. The frequency of regular updates can comply with any appropriate time frame agreed to for each project.
Vulcan Construction believes that quality control both during the design and construction phases is of utmost importance to the success of a project. During design and construction, we continually strive for excellence in quality and product, form, and function.
Quality is achieved in a two-pronged approach. Initially, we instill quality design by selecting materials, equipment, and systems that are best suited for the application. Due to our constant research, we are aware of the newest building technologies available. We also thoroughly review the design drawings to make certain that the quality requirements are carried out in every minute detail.
Once the fieldwork commences, the second phase of our quality control program begins. Throughout the construction period, we practice an unceasing and tireless amount of effort on examining all aspects of the subcontractor’s material and work as it arrives. The project team ensures only proper and correct components are being provided without defect or flaw.
In addition, each supervisor administers a strict program of monitoring and verification including:
- Careful review of all product data, submittals, and certifications for compliance of the project requirements.
- Strict adherence to the testing and inspection program.
- Detailed document control and reporting.
- Daily inspections are made and Quality Control Reports are prepared and maintained.
- All materials delivered to the project are inspected prior to the acceptance for conformance to the project requirements.