ACS has a highly qualified staff of engineering and construction specialists with the specific expertise required to provide Pre-Construction Analysis and Services. Application of these skills provides clients with the following significant benefits:
The following items highlight ACS value and expertise during the pre-construction phase:
Understanding design intent and specific facility needs
Our design background allows us, as a construction services provider, to understand client needs and the design intent to meet these needs. We assemble a team that will identify with our client’s working philosophy and specific facility needs. Alternatively, ACS can lead or partner with our client’s preferred design or architectural services supplier.
Understanding design intent and specific facility needs
Our combination of experienced construction personnel, strong design background, and the latest estimating technology provide our clients with accurate and detailed cost estimates early in the project. These estimates are provided during the schematic design phase, at the 30% completion, and at 75% completion, allowing for joint review and cost reconciliation discussions.
Identify potential hurdles before project is built to insure streamlined project and processes
Technical knowledge in research & development, manufacturing, and industrial facility construction and integration is what sets the ACS team apart. Not only do we have extensive expertise in the design of these complex environments, we have experience in executing construction that maintains the design intent. This combination means our design review and constructability analysis will identify issues well before the project is actually built, minimizing delays, cost overruns and errors. The result is a more streamlined construction management process. Our customers tell us that it’s our review and analysis of design for constructability that sets us apart as a construction services company.
Project controls and tools to manage important resources - people and time
ACS is committed to proactively allocating and managing the two most important resources required when designing and constructing projects; people and time. Our Project Controls methodology and technical tools provide comprehensive cost controls and resource allocation management, assuring Certainty of Outcome for the Owner: the certainty that the project will start and finish in an organized and deliberate manner in accordance with an established budget.
Significant cost savings through direct purchase
ACS provides value through direct procurement and materials management services. Significant cost savings are realized by direct purchase of a wide range of general construction materials, MEP equipment (for installation by trade subcontractors) and process equipment on behalf of owners, to allow for tax and subcontractor mark-up savings.
Identify and purchase long-lead and critical equipment to manage project completion date
ACS works with project stakeholders to identify and develop specifications for equipment required to support the critical processes within the building. We identify long-lead equipment and facility support systems required to meet the design criteria and then use our extensive network and resources, combined with your preferred contractors and suppliers, to procure in a timeframe that will meet or improve the estimated project completion date.
Management of local supply chain and contracting community
We have developed a rigorous process to identify and qualify the local supply chain that includes:
In-depth understanding of systems that affect data collection or other critical processes
For a complex facility with highly interdependent equipment and systems, ACS’ 3D laser scanning and virtual design & construction (VDC) services ensure efficiencies in design, schedule, pricing, functionality, and overall building lifecycle costs. The process begins with the identification of critical systems that affect data collection or other critical processes and an in-depth understanding of the facility infrastructure required to support them.
Virtual Design & 3D Modeling
When conceptualizing a new facility or an addition to one that already exists, visualizing the proposed space can be critical in achieving stakeholder buy-in. ACS uses VDC to create a virtual “walk through” tour of your facility prior to construction, to represent complex systems involved in an integrated facility and allow team members to easily collaborate in the design process.
During the design phases of a project, VDC ensures adherence to increased requirements for health, safety and ergonomics. This helps our clients:
ACS clients have found that time invested using both 3D laser scanning and VDC technologies results in improved decision-making, collaboration and integrated facility project delivery.
Details are captured digitally for precise documentation of existing conditions
One of the biggest challenges in planning for an upgrade or renovation of an existing facility is the unknown. Drawings of existing site conditions and facility architecture and engineering are often outdated or unavailable. Fitting cutting edge testing technology and supporting process equipment into a 40-year-old industrial building filled with layers of pipe and conduit is a task beyond the capabilities of a tape measure.
ACS uses 3D laser scanning to accurately capture existing conditions and ensure the many complex components of an integrated facility design will all fit during construction. The project can be vetted digitally, eliminating the need for repetitive site visits to measure and re-measure something not originally thought to be relevant. This results efficiencies that positively impact the budget and schedule.
The ability to influence project costs is greatest during planning. Key decisions made early, through an integrated approach, greatly influence the success of the project. Design and construction can be sequenced and long lead time equipment can be procured early to accelerate project completion.