For Decades, Brexton has worked closely with owners and designers as developer and a design/builder on projects throughout the United States. Typically, our projects involve considerable pre-development activity including site location, entitlements/zoning, financial feasibility and analysis, conceptual estimating and budgeting, design phase pricing, value engineering and financing.
A project executive is assigned to the project immediately and this individual leads the project from start to finish. The project manager works closely with the project executive to coordinate all field related activities such as soil borings, phase I and II environmental analysis, any City or County zoning or permitting support, and preliminary topographical or boundary surveying if required. Our project managers and estimators are accustomed to this level of involvement and responsibility.
During this preconstruction period, our project manager would be able to evaluate cost, quality, and quantity of materials and methods of installation to eliminate costly delays once actual construction begins. The project manager would also coordinate subcontractor responsibilities by ensuring that each detailed item is included in the proper trade scope of work as the drawings develop.
As the design drawings are beginning to reach the stage of bid documents, the project manager would produce a much more realistic estimate of costs. This is developed on our estimating system from in-house cost records from other Brexton projects, as well as getting subcontractor input so financing can be finalized.
It is usually during this phase that value engineering becomes critical. This is the method of refining means, methods, and materials to achieve the desired schedule and budget without compromising the design intent of the project. Once the value engineering is complete, the documents are sent out to bid. Value engineering then continues with subcontractor input throughout the project.