Clients often question us about our unique approach to executing design/build projects. Specifically, they question the value of the preliminary design package (Design Basis Report) we create very early in the project, typically for a small fixed fee. It’s not that we’re adding extra cost to your project, or trying to differentiate ourselves in some artificial way from the competition. It actually comes from our understanding that a round of preliminary engineering makes everyone much happier in the long run.
- Ensures the client and SPEC are the same page for everything: project scope, deliverables, schedule, and budget (before the client has spent a lot of money having detailed engineering done).
- Reduces permitting time because the preliminary design documents can be submitted early, as a preview, to the town (avoiding nasty surprises later on). It also lets potential permitting issues be worked out during detailed design, not after it’s already been completed.
- Saves the client money because they know exactly what they’re getting early on, and they don’t have to waste money changing construction level drawings when they realize the scope isn’t what they wanted.
- Potentially reduces the schedule by allowing the SPEC to identify and order long lead equipment, if the client agrees.