Design / Build


With our eye on a superior client experience, the team at Norman and Company simplifies the tremendous scope of a commercial construction process down into four phases.

PHASE 1 – Feasibility & Schematic Design
PHASE 2 – Preliminary Design & Development
PHASE 3 – Final Design & Value Engineering
PHASE 4 – Permits & Construction

See below for an overview description of these phases.

PHASE 1 – FEASIBILITY AND SCHEMATIC DESIGN

  1. Determine the specific needs of each Owner concerning proposed facility and land requirements.
  2. Preliminary site analysis including: zoning requirements, building lay-out, zoning and other specific rules and regulations.
  3. Prepare initial design documents including: schematic site plans, architectural lay-out, and building elevations.
  4. Conduct Pre-Application meeting with local government departments to review project parameters and confirm development regulations.
  5. Develop a preliminary project schedule and timetable for all responsible parties.
  6. Prepare a realistic budget estimate of projected costs including anticipated design and development fees, site improvements, and construction costs.

PHASE 2 – PRELIMINARY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

  1. Preparation of boundary and topographic survey, including proposed improvements as required for compliance with codes and ordinances and submission of site plans for initial administrative plan review.
  2. Conduct preliminary soils investigation for laboratory analysis as required to determine if sub-soils are suitable to support proposed building structure.
  3. Generation of preliminary architectural plans including: elevations, floor plan, building sections, structural composition, as well as an outline scope of work to meet owner requirements.
  4. Identify proposed means and methods for cost-effective Design/Build of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems.
  5. Provide a detailed outline and evaluation of entire work scope allowing for necessary modifications in order to tailor the project within budget restraints.
  6. Establish a preliminary Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) from detailed budget estimates.

PHASE 3 – FINAL DESIGN AND VALUE ENGINEERING

  1. Provide value engineering to all aspects of construction means and methods in order to customize the results to meet codes while exceeding client expectations and meet budget constraints.
  2. Preparation of final site plans including amendments from preliminary county review and comments, and re-submit for formal site plan approval.
  3. Completion of detailed building plans and specifications.
  4. Submit building plans and specifications to County Inspections Office for preliminary review and comments.
  5. Obtain firm subcontractor and supplier pricing based on value-engineering changes in order to reaffirm the GMP.

PHASE 4 – PERMITS & CONSTRUCTION

  1. Submit finalized building plans and specifications to county for review and issuance of a building permit.
  2. Mobilize team and begin construction process.
  3. Provide continuous on site supervision necessary to monitor work progress and coordinate required inspections and quality control.
  4. Coordination of project scheduling, materials purchasing, and sub-contracts in order to ensure the project is finished within budget and on time.