What We Do
This section is intended to provide a resource for information related to construction project delivery.
The construction industry has many ways to complete a project. Any of a number of delivery formats can be used based on whether the project is public or private, the level of involvement the owner wishes to have in the project or even the owner’s sophistication in the construction process.
A review of the following information should be helpful in providing you with a clarification of the benefits of the various delivery types.
Construction Management is a professional service discipline applied to the planning, design and construction process of capital improvement projects. Professional CM’s address the needs of the project and the Owner by providing management services and expertise tailored to the specific project needs. It is this management approach that makes Construction Management unique. CM’s apply and integrate comprehensive project controls to help manage the critical issues of time, cost , scope, quality and safety.
This construction process allows Bishop Beaudry Construction to act on behalf of the Owner to ensure that the Owner’s interests and expectations are met.
From the onset of any project, involving a professional Construction Manager (CM) ensures the best results. The earlier the CM is involved in the project (often times before or at the same time the design team is engaged) enables the CM to effectively manage the process on behalf of the owner. This allows the owner to have a construction professional working directly on their behalf, dedicated to the successful completion of the contract.
There are two delivery methods of Construction Management. The first is termed “Agency” while the second is called “At Risk”. Both delivery methods are often tailored to the individual project needs; which is the beauty of Construction Management.
Construction Management – “Agency Format”
The Agency format of Construction Management is used on both public and private construction projects but it is usually used on public projects. In New York State, the Public Owner is required to be responsible for the coordination of multiple prime contracts on the project as mandated by the Wicks Law. In the “Agency” application, the CM works as the Agent of the Owner advising the Owner with respect to risks, costs, schedule, function and safety.
During the pre-construction phase the CM prepares budgets, reviews design progress, prepares schedules, provides value analysis and works with the Owner and Design team in preparation of the bid documents and manages the bidding process.
During the construction period the CM performs, on behalf of the Owner, all necessary construction oversight functions including contract administration, coordination, inspection and reviews associated with the execution of the contract.
Construction Management – “At Risk”
Where allowed by law or on a privately funded project, the Owner may opt for the Construction Management at Risk delivery method.
During the pre-construction phase of the project the At Risk CM performs the same basic pre-construction functions as when they are an Agent for the owner, but this delivery method includes the construction performance role as well.
When construction begins, the CM functions are nearly identical to a General Contractor with a guaranteed price but there can be important differences. One such difference is that if requested, by the Owner, Bishop Beaudry Construction will perform the project for a pre-determined fee structure and if requested guarantee the project cost based on an agreed to scope of work and design. This allows the Owner to have the best of both worlds; opportunity for cost savings and a guaranteed maximum project cost.
Additionally, the Owner may opt for the Construction Manager to provide a cost guarantee (Guaranteed Maximum Price) in advance of the Architect completing the design. Here the Owner can benefit from the ability to lock into more favorable financing, start construction earlier, which allows fast-tracking of the project, thereby minimizing the impact of elements such as inclement weather and establish a project’s Maximum Cost up-front.
Construction Management contracts continue to grow throughout the industry. Either the Agency or At Risk method of Construction Management can be beneficial to our clients if properly structured. Bishop Beaudry Construction has the Construction Management knowledge, experience and skills necessary to make the completion of your project a positive and cost effective experience.
General Contracting (GC) is the process of completing a project from start to close out. It is generally initiated through a contract with an owner who has retained an architect or engineer to develop the design, plans and specifications for a specific construction project.
A general contract can be awarded though either a bid or a negotiated process that is initiated by the owner.
General Contracting can take form in either “new” or renovation construction projects. The process is generally the same with the GC assuming all the risk for managing and coordinating subcontractors, suppliers and trade workers on the project. Effective control over these processes insures timely completion of the project at the agreed upon cost and quality.
Successful GC firms, such as Bishop Beaudry, have skilled estimators that enable them to provide solid estimates associated with bid/contract documents. Our Project Managers are able to quickly and professionally execute the contract once the project has been let.
Within New York State, publicly funded projects require public bidding and fall under the influence of Wicks Law. This statutory requirement provides for all public projects to be executed by a general contract, a HVAC contract a plumbing contract and an electrical contract. The General Contractor is usually in control of all work other than HVAC, plumbing and electrical.
This process of delivering a completed construction project is tailored for those owners who wish to have a single point of contact from the concept, through the planning and execution stages, to the completed project stage. It is designed to have one firm such as Bishop Beaudry Construction, take full responsibility for all activities from design to completion of the project. This total immersion in the Project building-completion process, minimizes false starts, unnecessary financial missteps and construction delays.
BBC’s technical expertise as well as its strong financial footing makes it an excellent choice as a provider of design build services.
In those cases when questions arise concerning construction projects, construction oversight, construction defect investigations or grant applications, Bishop Beaudry Construction is prepared to assist you. Our background and experience in most areas of the construction industry will make us a valuable asset in your situation resolution efforts.
John W. Bishop Jr., one of our principals, has worked on behalf of owners, insurance companies and attorneys who have called on his expertise in construction matters. His in-depth knowledge of NYS Labor Law 240/241 has prepared him to serve as a professional witness on numerous occasions.
Pre-construction support services are generally provided to clients beginning at the project conception stage. These services are intended to assist the owner in meeting their desired design and budget goals. The final result of these services and their associated efforts will be experienced through saved client time and money. These services are generally billed on a fee basis.
The scope of the support effort is directly tied to when the Construction Manager enters the process. Critical to the process, regardless of when the CM enters, is the full disclosure by the Owner of all aspects of the project including design ideas, location, budgets, timelines and overall concerns.
Some of the areas that are included in pre-construction support are:
- Project Site Review to assess feasibility and provide information on utilities, jurisdictional concerns, opportunities for utilizing existing resources and site preparation concerns.
- Construction Team Resources Assessment to provide insight as to what additional players might be required to facilitate the project, such as, engineers, surveyors, insurance brokers and designers.
- Preliminary Estimates are developed at various phases of the pre-construction process. These preliminary estimates can be updated as more accurate and targeted information on the project is developed.
- Value Engineering / Scope Reduction recommendations are made to reduce the spread between initial designs and Owner budgets. These recommendations generally cover alternative construction methods and materials to better match expense to client budgets.
- Constructability and Material Recommendations to maintain a match between project objectives and owner budgets. These recommendations are designed to provide insight on materials, construction techniques and building systems. Included in this stage may be discussions on “Green” building options.
- Schedule Development to show timelines of the many activities that occur during the construction process. Continuous updating and revisions are done as the design evolves to ensure accuracy of the schedule.
- Bid Development is initiated when all construction drawings are complete and match the latest estimates and schedules and have been approved by the client. Bid documents are drafted and distributed to interested parties.
- These services are essential to the effective and efficient initiation of a construction project. They result in minimizing expense and maximizing the efficiency of the building effort.
Green Building / LEED
The need to have environmentally sound and energy efficient buildings has never been more important. Many of our clients express their interest in having their project designed, developed and constructed with techniques and materials that are “Green”. This makes good sense for them and the environment as their efforts are often rewarded with long term energy cost savings and employee comfort.
The concept of “Green” construction increases the efficiency of buildings and building sites in their use of energy, water resources and building materials. This in turn has a positive impact on human health and the environment.
Bishop Beaudry Construction has learned that the most effective way to build a “Green” building is to be involved with the owner and design team from the onset of the project. It is through this immersion into the process that the objectives of the project and the accompanying budget can be identified and developed.
Areas that are reviewed and developed during this process include:
- Storm water management
- Low emitting adhesives
- Flooring materials
- Roofing Systems
- Low water usage bathroom fixtures
- HVAC systems
- Solar electric and heating
- Furniture, fixtures and equipment
- Site elements such as lighting and materials
- Use of energy efficient lighting
- Building insulation systems
- Air infiltration abatement
- Use of recycled building products
- Low or no VOC paints and products