With our eye on a superior client experience, the Norman Company team simplifies the scope of a Design/Build commercial construction process 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
- Determine the specific needs of each Owner concerning proposed facility and land requirements.
- Preliminary site analysis including: zoning requirements, building lay-out, zoning and other specific rules and regulations.
- Prepare initial design documents including: schematic site plans, architectural lay-out, and building elevations.
- Conduct Pre-Application meeting with local government departments to review project parameters and confirm development regulations.
- Develop a preliminary project schedule and timetable for all responsible parties.
- 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
- 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.
- Conduct preliminary soils investigation for laboratory analysis as required to determine if sub-soils are suitable to support proposed building structure.
- 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.
- Identify proposed means and methods for cost-effective Design/Build of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems.
- Provide a detailed outline and evaluation of entire work scope allowing for necessary modifications in order to tailor the project within budget restraints.
- Establish a preliminary Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) from detailed budget estimates.
PHASE 3 – FINAL DESIGN AND VALUE ENGINEERING
- 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.
- Preparation of final site plans including amendments from preliminary county review and comments, and re-submit for formal site plan approval.
- Completion of detailed building plans and specifications.
- Submit building plans and specifications to County Inspections Office for preliminary review and comments.
- Obtain firm subcontractor and supplier pricing based on value-engineering changes in order to reaffirm the GMP.
PHASE 4 – PERMITS & CONSTRUCTION
- Submit finalized building plans and specifications to county for review and issuance of a building permit.
- Mobilize team and begin construction process.
- Provide continuous on site supervision necessary to monitor work progress and coordinate required inspections and quality control.
- Coordination of project scheduling, materials purchasing, and sub-contracts in order to ensure the project is finished within budget and on time.