Merit means one-source responsibility.
Each project manager is pledged to:
- Lead and drive the project
- Apply quality principles and practices
- Anticipate and solve problems
- Continually review project elements and costs
- Work to ensure teamwork and on-time completion
Merit follows a proven, carefully structured process to guide project management activities in all phases of construction.
During the pre-construction phase, we focus on the following:
Prepare cost information.
We develop early conceptual estimates based on our extensive experience and knowledge of building costs. Next we use estimating software to provide accurate, second-round budget estimates that reflect design-development requirements specified in architectural drawings. Non-construction items such as furniture, contingency and financing costs can be included.
Provide value analysis.
We analyze the scope of each project and evaluate individual aspects, such as aesthetics, materials, overall cost, schedule and performance.
Plan on-time completion.
We develop and continually update a project schedule using Suretrak software. The schedule can include both design and construction activities.
Select quality bidders.
We prepare a list of qualified area subcontractors and vendors for your approval. Subcontracted items may include excavation and grading, site utilities, roofing, floor coverings, and special equipment. Vendor-supplied items may include doors, insulation, finish carpentry and other specialty items.
Obtain competitive bids.
We get competitive bids from approved subcontractors and vendors and we prepare a detailed estimate for work Merit will perform.
Minimize change orders.
We analyze all bids for conformance to plan specifications. Then we compare them with budget estimates and review them prior to getting your approval.
Develop a lump-sum contract.
We will use a standard American Institute of Architects agreement to prepare a lump-sum contract between you and Merit. The contract amount may be broken down by Construction Specifications Institute categories.
Merit will perform the following during the construction phase:
- Maintain on-site project management and complete office support
- Issue subcontracts and purchase orders to approved subcontractors and vendors
- Provide on-site safety and training workshops
- Expedite sample submittals and material shop drawings
- Manage construction operations
- Schedule and coordinate all construction activities
- Monitor and update construction schedule
- Install vendor-purchased items
- Conduct weekly progress meetings
- Provide continuous cost control
- Submit and process periodic pay requests on AIA documents
- Conduct completion activities, including securing needed permits
- Compile product warranties and maintenance manuals for owner
- Assist with facility start-up operations
Merit will provide the following during the post-construction phase:
- Obtain for the owner the certificate of occupancy from the local building authority
- Provide written warranties as required
- Obtain waivers of liens from all vendors as required
- Provide "as built" drawings for the owner
- Assemble and bind operation and maintenance manuals for all mechanical, electrical, electronic and control equipment
- Provide training in the operation of the building and its equipment
- Provide building commissioning (start-up) services
- Perform warranty work, if required
- Provide ongoing or periodic maintenance agreements
- Continually attend to customer needs
Planning and follow-through are what count most for today’s building. Putting Merit in charge ensures a smooth construction process.