In this critical phase, BELL’s experienced team provides comprehensive Preconstruction Services that include cost estimating, scope coordination, value analysis (engineering), scheduling, sustainable materials and methods analysis, constructability reviews, and trade contractor procurement. Our preconstruction team includes a Project Executive in BELL who has full authority to act on our behalf, the project’s Project Manager and Superintendent, along with our estimating department. This team serves as a partner with the owner and the designer from the project’s initial concept through construction, providing a seamless transition from one phase to the next. Our goal is to have relationships that transition not only through one project, but the kind of relationships that transition into the next opportunity to work with our clients.
Strong leadership and timely delivery characterize BELL’s approach to providing design-bid-build construction services. We take responsibility to implement construction contracts, manage subcontractor and supplier activities, and self-perform selected work. On-time and on-budget are strategic objectives applied to every BELL project.
Construction Manager at Risk
Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) is a project delivery method where the client brings the BELL team on-board early in the process. As Construction Manager, our team works shoulder to shoulder with the client and design team to assure the project scope matches the established budget, that the level of quality is maintained, and that the project will be completed on-time.
Working as a team fosters collaboration and focuses the entire team on finding the best solutions for the client’s construction project. To assure the client gets the best value for their budget we coordinate all subcontractor bids and determine a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for construction. Once the GMP is established the BELL team serves as the general contractor providing construction services.
In the last eight years, over 95% of our building projects were completed using the Construction Manager at Risk process, all of which have been completed on-time and on budget.
What is Design-Build?
Bell & Associates Construction’s Design-Build process is very similar to Construction Management at Risk (CMAR), but instead of the client contracting with the architect and contractor separately, a single contract is held between the client and contractor with the client. Design-Build provides the client with a single point of responsibility for both design and construction. BELL & Associates Construction enters into a design contract with an architect who specializes in the building type the client is wishing to construct. Our Design-Build team at BELL then works with the client, architect, and contractor, to design and build the project in order to meet the project’s specific goals, budget constraints, and demands.
Why Choose Design-Build?
Design-build is an alternative to the design-bid-build process where design and construction are two separate entities with different contracts. Bell & Associates’ Design-build service speeds up the delivery of the project by housing everything under a single contract between the client and the design-build team. The design-build team being BELL, the designer and constructor. This saves money and time by making the designers and builders a single design-build team. This integrated team incorporates BIM and LEED certification goals from the beginning of the contract.
Design-Build projects help clients reduce risk, save in costs and speeds up the process from start to completion. Bell & Associates’ design-build services help clients develop high-quality projects that spur innovation from the entire design-build team.
Bell & Associates can provide all of the information you need to know about Design-Build projects and how we can help!
Building Information Modeling
As one of the most innovative and forward-thinking contracting firms in the southeast, BELL has utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM) on numerous projects including the 1.2 million square foot Music City Center, the $30 million Rhea County High School, and is currently being used on the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center.
Because of our BIM expertise, we are able to provide our clients with numerous benefits. By using BIM on the aforementioned projects, we were able to:
- Reduce the overall duration of the project
- Have the ability to detect and correct conflicts within the design documents prior to the start of construction (clash detection)
- Utilize the BIM model to attain quantity take-offs for estimating purposes
- Achieve greater coordination among the major trades
- Utilize the BIM model to fabricate mechanical, plumbing and structural systems
- Incur fewer in-the-field delays
- Incur fewer change orders
- Achieve increased quality
- Analyze and implement complex systems
Project Close Out
A critical phase of the project to assure its long term operation is project close out. The BELL team provides the client comprehensive operations and maintenance manuals which include detailed information on the major systems used in the building, points of contact, warranty information, recommended maintenance procedures, and as-built drawings and specifications that accurately reflect any changes from the building’s original design. We spend the time required to train the client’s operations and maintenance staff on the proper operation and maintenance of the building mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems.
Additionally, prior to the expiration of the warranty period our team, along with our major subcontractors, will inspect the building and its systems to identify any defective equipment, etc. looking for any issues that may need to be addressed. If such issues are identified, we work with the appropriate manufacturer to immediately address them, replace faulty parts etc., while the warranty is still in effect.
Small & Diverse Business Certification Training
Are you a small or diverse business owner?
Great! Next question... Are you certified?
Did you know that many contracts have a built-in component requiring a certain percentage of participation by small or diverse businesses? Larger companies that don't meet these thresholds need companies like yours to meet these goals. That means there may be segments of work with less (or no) competition just waiting for you to submit a bid!
From several conversations with small and diverse business owners, we found that many of them:
- Don't know the certifications or programs exist.
- Think their status as a small [insert designation]-owned business alone is counted towards required participation for government work (and don't know and actual certification must be obtained first)
- Are intimidated by the certification process because they think don't have the personnel resources or the time to gather the required information.
- Are reluctant to submit their application for fear of being denied if something is omitted.
- Are certified by one agency, but aren't aware that they can also get reciprocity by registering with other agencies that accept that certification.
Do any of these sound like the thoughts running through your mind?
If so, please join BELL Construction and Business Resource Group to learn how to leverage your status as a small or diverse entity to gain more business.
- The benefits of becoming certified with real examples of success stories
- How to do business with larger companies, specifically covering BELL Construction's prequalification and bid process
- How BELL Construction works with and assists small and diverse businesses
- An overview of the various types of certifications and a summary of the certification process for certifying for each participating organization/agency
- An explanation of the reciprocity offered across various entities so you can leverage your certification even further
We'll follow the presentation with a panel discussion and Q&A where you can ask questions specific to your business.