Today’s economy demands efficiency and value in the building process. At Eames Construction, Inc. our project teams and the processes they implement are designed around maximizing value for our clients. We apply the principles of efficient process to projects of all sizes, from small residential projects to estate homes and large commercial wineries.
Preconstruction is all about planning: establish a thorough plan that is ready for execution. Having such a plan before we start allows the team to focus on the details and managing refinement when construction is under way. Through collaboration, we establish project goals, identify potential obstacles, set deliverable milestones for key team players, and keep the client in the driver seat by allowing for informed decision making.
We understand the importance of contractor involvement in the design phase of the project. At this phase, the most opportunity for cost savings exists through continuous budget and feasability feedback as the design moves from conceptual to ready for construction.
During construction, there are two main objectives: execute the plan developed during preconstruction and manage revisions to the plan. To do so, collaboration is key. We hold weekly Owner, Architect, Contractor (OAC) meetings where owners, designers, and key team members are updated on project status. The weekly meeting is the forum for all team members to bring their ideas to the table.
During these meetings we discuss such items as the overall project schedule, a 3‐5 week look‐ahead schedule, upcoming material and design decisions, and long lead material procurement items. Detailed minutes are kept and distributed to all team members, keeping everyone informed of the progress, current decsions, and individual deliverable tasks with clearly defined due dates.
A strong finish is not a goal, it's an Eames Construction standard. The success of a project finish depends on preparation that begins early in the project. At the onset, the completion is kept in mind and compilation of operation and maintenance manuals, as‐built drawings, and turnover documentation begins. Getting the documents early in the process allows us to provide complete documentation to the owner as well as allows us to turn over the project with systems fully functioning and commissioned, minimizing warranty requests.
We create our own in‐house rolling completion list as each phase of the work is completed. The completion list allows the smallest details to be addressed as the project progresses, instead of waiting for the end of the project to create a "punchlist". Before a physical walk with the Owner and Architect is completed, our in‐house rolling completion list work is completed. This helps maximize the Owner's and the Architect's time, with the goal of what we call a "zero punch project." The "zero punch" is where the final walk with the Owner, Architect, and Consultants results in no definable deficiency at the date of contractual substantial completion. This is achieved through uncompromising standards of quality, and effective communication with our clients in achieving all project goals.
Commissioning & Warranty Work
Up front in the process, Eames Construction, Inc. holds collaborative, pre‐commissioning meetings. From these meetings, a commissioning plan is created and followed up throughout the project. Are systems functioning as designed? Is training reaching all that will need it? Eames Construction will see that the training is carried out. Depending on the complexity of the training, we will video tape the training for future use.
In this documented system, Eames Construction, Inc. requires certified warranties from subcontractors. Warranty items are logged, followed up, and signed by the appropriate parties. We also encourage owners to do an 11‐month walk through to ensure high quality standards are met and that our projects are built to last.