Front End Planning

A Roadmap to a Better Building

A strong suit at ACS, front end planning construction services are important to a successful building project because planning creates the vital link between business need, project strategy, scope, budget and schedule early in the process. Risks are evaluated, stakeholders are aligned and company resources are allocated effectively. Investments can be made incrementally and on a smaller scale, minimizing risk and fostering realignment of the scope, schedule and/or budget with the business case demands. This results in the highest potential for the best possible outcome, well before significant money is spent.

Front End Planning

Front End Planning (FEP) is the discovery process that ACS uses to take the project from initiation to base line development, setting the stage for successful execution. Proper planning from the start helps ensure the best value for your capital investment.

The purpose of the FEP is to fully define program requirements as an integrated whole, translate these into concepts, and advance the concepts for all scope elements. Working with the client’s team, ACS develops a total project budget and an overall program schedule to provide a Project Definition Package that supports moving the project forward into execution.

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Front End Planning (FEP)

  • Early project definition
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Conceptual engineering
  • Preliminary schedule and budget

Acceptance Criteria

  • Answer, “What does ‘done’ look like?”
  • Define testing/process requirements
  • Specification development
  • Equipment vendor analysis

​This leads to fewer changes and greater time and cost savings. ACS has the expert knowledge in systems and building integration experience to have a leveraged effect on implementation and operational costs.


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