OPI CONSTRUCTION applies a streamlined methodology that begins with the assessment of needs through information collected from the architect, designer, owner’s rep and end user. The following are some examples of the controls that we have in place that allow us to be fiscally responsible, time sensitive and expertly efficient.
A vital management tool of any project is the project schedule. The accuracy and management of the project schedule determines both the pulse and vitality of the project.
Our first objective is to develop and document a realistic overall schedule outlining, in general terms, all activities from the feasibility studies to final completion of construction. The master schedule, typically created in a simple bar chart form, provides a “big picture” view of the total project and provides a foundation for all subsequent schedules.
OPI then develops detailed schedules that breakdown and examine in greater detail the numerous activities that must take place to achieve overall project milestones. These schedules are usually organized on a 30-day or 60-day basis to provide short-term “look ahead” schedules for the use of jobsite staff. Such schedules help solve unusually difficult or complex scheduling problems that may occur during the development of a project.
After the value and fixed costs of the project have been identified and accepted by the client, our cost control system will be implemented to monitor construction costs versus the approved estimate. Beginning with initial subcontract awards, the cumulative amount of committed funds will be monitored closely. From that point forward, data will be compared continuously to the approved estimate and will be updated.
Budget & Contract Status Report
This report is a combined cost and accounting report that provides cost and billing information by major work division. The original estimate is updated to reflect any scope development changes. Work in place, off-site material storage, reserves withheld, previous billing and current payments per trade division are represented in the summary analysis. This report is issued monthly with the OPI application for payment, and represents a powerful one-page summary of the client’s total cost and payment position on the project.
The OPI quality control program begins during the pre-construction phase and continues throughout the entire project. Using our prior experience on similar projects, OPI (under the leadership of the project manager), will work closely with the client during the design period to review design features and eliminate potential problems.
This effort will be followed by the thorough review of subcontractor shop drawings by the Project Engineer, to assure that trade contractor’s planning conforms to the contract requirements. Once this review has been completed, problem areas can be discussed with the contractors and the project manager will carefully review these items with the trade contractors so there is a complete and clear understanding of installation techniques and quality control standards.
The Project Manager oversees the inspection of shop fabrication and field installation. Where appropriate, materials and fabricated items will be inspected at the manufacturer’s shops or plants, and again on site, to assure that all material is satisfactory prior to installation.
Additionally, the Project Manager performs final inspections, prepares the punch-list, and expedites the completion of work called for on such lists.
As the project nears completion, we will work to assure orderly project closeout and a smooth transition from construction to actual use of the facility by the client. Services we provide during project closeout include:
OPI and the team will conduct inspections of the completed facility, and compile and complete all necessary punch-list items.
- Facility Management
We will work with your facilities management team to educate them on the operation and maintenance of your new facility.
- Documentation Control
We will monitor receipt of all operational manuals, as-built drawings, permits, affidavits, warranties, and other required documents.
- Lien Certifications
We will compile a summary of all project expenditures for your information, and assist in fulfilling all release of lien certification requirements.