Our Design/Build Specialty
With 27 years in business, Barretta & Associates is a true design/build specialist
firm. It takes great pride in listening closely, understanding its clients' needs
and protecting their interests.This is all part of our risk management culture that
emphasizes honesty, integrity and a ceaseless dedication to safety.
Result? The client is aware of
an extraordinary level of quality control throughout project construction. Barretta
& Associates's high level of quality,
functionality and its ability to realize construction economies, means it can
balance the many demands faced in every stage of the construction process. The
client benefits with this safeguarding of the schedule so that the project is
on time and on budget.
Our firm first determines the
scope and purpose of the project: proposed functions,occupancy load; any future
expansion requirements, image, the
ownership structure, and timing of occupancy. Using this data, a preliminary design
concept can be developed.
Cost of estimates and time schedules
are made and detailed architectural drawings and specifications follow. Construction
begins with approval of the
Barretta & Associates strives to effectively manage all clients' risks associated
with the development, design and construction process. The
firm actively manages all risks through a continuous closed loop process.
At Barretta & Associates, meeting your deadlines is our top priority. We
are always on the lookout for ways to incorporate time efficiencies This starts
by securing site approval and building permits a the earliest possible time before
the project begins.
We have learned that extra attention must be paid in the pre-construction phase
to maximize cost savings. This emphasis on pre-construction services pays off
in numerous cost savings that build the project's value.
Choosing a builder comes down
to choosing a contractual relationship. At Baretta & Associates, we strongly
believe: the sooner the Owner involves the builder in the construction process
the more value is added to the project.
At our firm, we have made a conscious
decision not to operate in the public bid sector of our industry. We feel that
the result of this open bid process is usually a loss to the Owner and the builder.
The Owner loses the experience, creativity and cost saving opportunities a quality
minded, experienced builder can add to the design process. The Contractor loses
in this environment because (1) the only way they can make a profit is by cutting
the corners wherever they can, and (2) charging higher costs on change orders.
Below are listed a few advantages and an Owner can gain by involving a Design/Builder
earlier in the project process.
Five Major Advantages of Design/Build or
Construction Management Project Delivery Systems
The profit and overhead
fees of the builder can be negotiated up front. No more fuzzy cost estimates,
no more hidden fees.
The project can be completed
in less time because the work can begin on early parts of the project. This includes
site work, while larger stages such as electrical are still being designed.
Ideas are generated
and decisions are made by the Project Team with a cooperative approach. This keeps
the project goals in mind.
The Owner is in touch
with the cost of the project throughout the design process. Result? The Owner
can make design decisions knowing the overall cost impact on the project.
Savings are achieved and
quality is improved through better planning and execution of the project plan
as a team by all parties.