the newsletter of tbd consultants - edition 1, 1st qtr 2006

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Bay Area Market
Facilities Management
Project Management
Industrial Buildings

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Bay Area Market
Gordon Beveridge

Market conditions in the Bay Area remain volatile. Escalation has been spiraling upwards in the past two years - what is on the cards for the next couple of years, and what construction market sectors are being worst affected?


Facilities Management

What is ‘Facilities Management’, who does it, how and why? We take a look at the range of services that might fall under this heading.

Project Management
Tony Vallance

Facilities delivery is driven by the objectives of the owner and involves many disciplines, which add up to 'project management'. It is a process whose end result is mandated by the owner’s needs and involves the successful navigation of program, site, function, schedule and budget constraints. All owners want high quality, short schedule and low cost. Good project management will help an owner balance these wants, which are often in conflict; so as to optimize the three in a manner best suited to the owner’s needs, and his value objectives.

TBD Consultants is very experienced in the delivery of projects. Each project is different but we base our project management approach on certain key activities;-

  • project managementDefinition of project program and design criteria
  • Establishment of an overall schedule
  • Establishment of an agreed budget
  • Establishment of a project delivery method
  • Agreement on clear lines of communication
  • Selection of designers and contractors
  • Implementation of a schedule management and reporting plan
  • Implementation of a cost management and reporting plan
  • Incorporation of value engineering techniques into the design process
  • Approvals process monitoring
  • Constructability review of design documents
  • Regular design progress meetings
  • Competitive selection of contractors
  • Construction contract documentation enabling close control of quality, time and money during construction
  • Regular construction progress meetings
  • Project close out, handover and commissioning
  • Final account settlement

The success of a project depends upon the correct interpretation of the program and design criteria in the construction documents and the correct execution of the scope contained in the construction documents during construction. Needless to say it also depends on finishing on time and within budget. The owner’s responsibility is to make decisions in a timely manner. Our responsibility is to ensure he receives accurate and reliable information, also in a timely manner, on which to base his decisions.

Our approach to the management of a project is collaborative. We are team players. We believe the best results are obtained when all parties are working in a constructive environment which enables them to be most effective. This improves communication and efficiency and promotes a positive response from all team members. Everyone shares in a successful project and benefits from the result.

Industrial Buildings

What are the issues affecting the design of industrial buildings, and do these vary around the world? We address these issues and look at what factors affect the cost of these buildings.

Design consultant: Katie Levine of Vallance, Inc.