Mouw Associates, Inc. will provide preconstruction services during the design phase of the project with regard to regional market knowledge of construction materials, placement methods and skilled trade considerations. Mouw Associates, Inc. will provide a variety of design document review and costing services necessary to support the design and construction efforts of the project team. We will play an important role in providing information that will maximize the ability of the project team to meet the owner’s functional, aesthetic, and budgetary needs in the least amount of construction time possible.
- Employ skilled trade knowledge
- Provide Design & Budgetary Estimates
- Compare materials and building components
- Preliminary Scheduling
Mouw Associates, Inc. will provide Value engineering services throughout the design phase of the project. The Value engineering service that we provide is a systematic approach in comparing function versus cost. Value can either be increased through improving the material/good or reducing the cost. This process starts at the inception of the design and will continue until construction documents are issued. Value engineering spreadsheets will be delivered at three stages: Conceptual, Schematic, and Design Development Documents. The use of these spreadsheets will allow the owner, architect, and contractor to evaluate the function versus the costs and how it affects the overall budget. This process will involve all 16 CSI divisions of construction.
- Cost to value Approach
- Deliverable provided at 3 stages of the design
- VE provided throughout the design
Construction Management (CM) at Risk
Construction Management at Risk is a process that allows the owner or client to hire a CM before the design is complete. Through this business relationship Mouw Associates, Inc. can assist the owner and architect in all aspects of the project from the inception of the design. This helps to ensure the owner avoids any unnecessary costs, maintains schedule, and creates project collaboration through the team approach. This approach centralizes the responsibility of the construction under a single contract to deliver the project at or under a Guaranteed Maximum Price.
This process incorporates the preconstruction service as well as taking the project through the construction phase and final closeout. One of the many benefits of this relationship is the transparency amongst parties. All costs and fees are an open book policy and the final project costs and accounting is provided at the end of the project. The CM at risk helps keep projects within their target budget and creates a strong collaboration amongst owner, architect, construction manager, and subcontractors.
- Best value to owner
- Transparency is enhanced
- Preliminary Budgets are achieved
As part of Mouw Associates, Inc.’s commitment to technology and innovation we can offer Building Information Modeling as a tool for the construction of your next project. BIM provides contractors, architects, engineers and owners improved visualization of a building and its systems and how they relate through the use of virtual 3D modeling. This 3D modeling provides clash conflict detection, improves quality control, reduces field conflicts, and generates the field drawings for actual construction.
BIM projects are known for coming in ahead of schedule due to having to build the project twice, once on the computer and then finally in the field. Areas of a building that benefit from BIM include but are not limited to MEP systems above ceiling, Exterior Envelope components, Structural components, and Underground Infrastructure. Ask about BIM when considering your next project with Mouw Associates, Inc.
- Clash/Conflict Detection
- Shorter Duration Project
- Fewer RFI’s in field