Construction Administration – Saves Money!
Civil Solutions Group not only provides excellent, sustainable design and consultation to clients, but our service continues into the construction phase of projects. The construction administration process can encompass bid advertisement, bid document preparation, contract document preparation, third-party construction inspections, request for payment review and approval, final inspections, and other tasks.
Private developers, commercial projects, and other entities sometimes think that construction administration only benefits large government projects. Civil Solutions Group has to proven clients that the benefits of construction administration can apply to all projects large and small. The benefits of the construction administration process for all projects is the protection of a detailed contract, competitive bidding based upon set quantities and the knowledge that Civil Solutions Group is seeking to protect the owner’s interests.
Recently Civil Solutions Group has provided construction administration for three projects; two relatively large and one small project. One of the larger projects attracted interest from nine bidders. The competitive bidding process on this large job resulted in a winning bid 15% below the engineer’s estimate, which translated into large savings for the owner. The smaller project had an engineer’s estimate of $16,267, with a competitive low bid of $12,900 for a savings of 21% for the owner.
Beyond the savings realized during the bidding process there are additional soft savings during the construction phase. A detailed contract that enables both the owner and contractor to understand what is and what isn’t included saves money by avoiding change orders. A loose contract or no contract at all breeds unnecessary change orders and additions to the total cost that could be avoided. Construction inspections also ensure that the owner’s are receiving a finished product that meets the quality specified in the construction plans. For example during the construction administration process of a residential subdivision a contractor disputed the quantities in the contract. Civil Solutions Group was able to mediate between the owner and contractor to solve the dispute, by providing a third-party opinion pertaining to the dispute.
Civil Solutions Group encourages all owners’ contemplating a new construction project to seek the help of Civil Solutions Group for construction administration. We can save you money, save you unnecessary stress, and ensure that your money is spent on quality products and workmanship.