Wakeman Companies is proud to offer construction consultation services.  If you are a municipality planning a new highway garage, or a corporation planning a new facility we can help guide you in the proper direction.  Whenever planning a project you are embarking on a long, complex process. Starting with determining needs and wants, setting a realistic budget and schedule, selecting the proper design firm, and awarding the project to the right contractor for the job.

In the beginning of the process determining wants and needs is paramount to starting the design phase.  But, what is need and what is a want?  This answer varies from project to project, determining the proper materials and design concepts to start with, not only save you building cost, but also design costs.  Once an outline is set for the project the next step is to choose the proper design firm to hire.  

Picking the proper design firm can be a tough decision. Every firm is different and depending on the size and scope of the project each firm will have pros and cons.  The first question is often cost, there will be a wide range of estimates that come on any size project.  As there are in any field inexpensive firms that do amazing work, and expensive firms that do terrible work; however, if you are unfamiliar with the process it relies on luck of the draw.  Every design firm will carry themselves a different way, some offer project management and a more in depth administrative processes of the project, while others offer less in terms of management and administrative duties.  Neither philosophy is right or wrong, though some are suited better for certain projects than others.

Determining your budget and schedule will not only allow for your expectations to be realistic, but will also allow for no unintended delays.  It is a common occurrence for design firm to promise a project to come in under budget and ahead of schedule, only for it to come in well over budget and expected time-frame once you have asked for quotes from contractors.  Best case scenario when something of this nature happens is that your project will be pushed back a few weeks from the expected completion date.  The worst case is that the project will come in wildly over budget and you will have to pay the engineering firm again for a redesign, pushing the competition date well into the future.  

The selection of a contractor is often the most important choice one will make during a project.  When awarding the project you a putting a lot of faith, and responsibility in the hands of the contractor.  Picking the right contractor can be incredibly tough, you must find a firm that will be not only competent in their work, but well suited for the project at hand.  Picking a ‘bad’ contractor can create not only headaches but financial burdens down the road.  Not only do you need to find a contractor that will do quality work, you must find one that is best suited for the scope of the project at hand.  

With the offering of field inspections, we are able to make sure everything is being completed properly.  No one wants to find out after a project is completed and the warranty period is over that there are major flaws in the project.  With inspections you are able to know that everything is being done properly and that no corners are being cut.  

We also offer project management services allowing you, the owner to have as little stress as possible throughout the process of construction.  Making it so you no longer have to deal with the contractors and design firms, and only being called in for the most important matters.  Giving you more time to tend to your everyday business.  We set to insure that your project will not only come in at budget but to be done on schedule.  

 

 

Packages:

Package #1:

  • Design Firm Selection

  • Concept and Design Review

  • Contractor Selection

Package #2:

  • Design Firm Selection

  • Concept and Design Review

  • Contractor Selection

  • Cost Estimation

  • Scheduling

  • Owner Representation

Package #3:

  • Design Firm Selection

  • Concept and Design Review

  • Contractor Selection

  • Cost Estimation

  • Scheduling

  • Owner Representation

  • Field Inspections

  • Project Management