Every project has an envision by an owner, but the dollars and cents may not align with what they want to achieve. Out of all the phases of a project, pre-construction is the most paramount and the foundation for how the project will succeed in the forthcoming months.
Your project is unique and we take the time to customize your needs and assist in making the correct decisions that will keep the budget efficient while also being able to give the client the finished product they want to see with their hard-earned dollars being spent on the construction project.
We are a small general contractor firm but we also understand the types of contracts that can achieve your feasibility. We are well versed in multiple styles of contracts. Each type of contract has its own benefits and is one we can discuss with you while understanding what benefits the client the best.
- Lump Sum or Fixed Contract Type-this type of contract is used when there is a clear scope and schedule is understood and agreed upon. This is a contract that carried more risk to the contractor as they are agreeing upon a fixed price to complete the project for. This type of contract could also be a GMP where there is a guaranteed max price for the project and the contractor is responsible for making sure that the project does not go over this amount.
- Cost Plus Contracts- This type of contract is used for clients that want more decision making on the project. The client carries the risk on assisting selecting material and subcontractors and the general contractor charges a fee to manage the subcontractors selected on the project.
- Time and Material Contracts- this type of contract is used when the owner and contractor cannot come up with a set scope of work. Sometimes the client will set a rough order of magnitude and decide that the project should be set at a not to exceed price. This protects the owner’s interest in making sure they do not go above their budgetary guidelines.
- Unit Pricing Contracts- unit prices for various scopes are set between the contractor and owner. The owner usually knows the quantities needed and the contractor sets the unit price to make sure both parties understand the costs absorbed through the construction process.
- Design Build Contracts- this type of contract sets up a single entity to manage the design and construction of the project. This is usually completed by a design build contractor. The design build contractor will take preliminary design concepts from an owner or developer and put together a design that meets building code requirements and local AHJ requirements. The design build contractor will be responsible for designing the project in house with their architect and assumes all responsibility with the design and changes needed to complete the project on time and on budget
Our preconstruction services consist of the following to assist in the type of contract the client would like to enter into
- Project budget management
- Contract Feasibility Studies
- Value Engineering
- LEED Planning
- Mockups for Review
- Constructability Reviews
- Life Cycle Cost Analysis
- Permit Review with Local Jurisdictions
- Franchise Feasibility and Procurement
- Subcontractor Qualifications, Financial Review and Reference Checks
Preconstruction is the core to our business and one that we value most in making sure our client gets the most from their investment. Most contractors want to bid projects for a client and sale the bottom line price. The client might reach their budgetary price but they may not be receiving the value they thought they would acquire when signing the contractor. MSF Contracting’s focus is work with a client to put their wish list on paper for the type of materials and finishes they want while also accomplishing their budget guidelines. This value and budgetary review will assist the client in making sure that they are happy with both the financial side and achieving the value they expected for the project when the keys are used to utilize the investment.