Preconstruction Construction Metal Buildings
Project Approach
Services Offered
At SM Andersen, we believe overall success begins in the teamwork binding all of the preconstruction planning elements. In this phase, we identify the owner's construction and design goals, as well as create the estimates and schedules to meet those goals. All project aspects are coordinated to assure timely occupancy in a facility designed and structured specifically for the highest function possible. Our services work to establish clear lines of communication between the owner, architect, and contractor. By working together, virtually all "surprise" costs and delays often associated with construction can be eliminated, allowing a project to be completed on budget, on time and of the highest quality.

Cost Estimating:

Our value engineering process looks beyond obvious money-saving efforts such as architectural details and finishes which, when cut, can leave a project looking bare. We look deep into the structure, the site, and the materials-- behind the details-- for cost savings. The owner receives alternate options early in the process, with an evaluation of each option's time and cost requirements. This helps eliminate change orders, costly design modifications, and cost overruns during construction.

Life-cycle cost analysis is performed to evaluate long-term maintenance and energy costs of each building component to determine those systems providing the maximum cost benefits to the owner. Based upon the findings, the owner and design team can make timely decisions concerning building components such as foundations, structural systems, exterior wall systems, roof systems, and mechanical/electrical systems. At the end of this phase the owner receives a project GMP. The GMP forms the basis of the general contract. With the owner's approval, contract documents (project plans and specifications) are then completed consistent with the project's budget, schedule and quality objectives.


An accurate schedule helps each member of the team prioritize, assign tasks, and establish their professional role within the group. Each day, staff members responsible for the project refer to and edit the schedule. Careful, daily maintenance of the project schedule ensures an accurate timeline of tasks is always available. During weekly project coordination meetings, the schedule is used as a driving mechanism and for recording project events. Each manager is personally responsible for the maintenance, accuracy and meeting of the project timeline - providing hands-on involvement to guarantee project success.

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