Our Approach

Our Approach

At Unified Building Group, all of our projects are built using proven methodologies to ensure successful project delivery. Our processes have evolved with our experience to ensure the requirements gathering and delivery phases are as fast as possible, while making sure there are no surprises later in the project. Making sure all of our work is of good quality and following industry standards is at the core of everything we do.

 


Services

Choosing the right delivery method for your project is critical to meeting your project objectives. UBG has worked with customers using most of the standard construction industry delivery methods/services and is well versed in the details of all of them.

 
One of the most important stages in construction takes place even before the plans are drawn. During this critical pre-project consulting phase you will set expectations within your organization that will determine the ultimate success of your project. By leveraging UBG’s expertise during this phase you will lay the foundation for a successful project. Our knowledgeable team will work with you to define your project goals and design criteria, develop preliminary budgets and schedules, develop funding options, and build an overall plan tailored to your business needs. With proper planning you can be assured your new facility will meet the needs of your organization throughout its planned lifecycle.

UBG’s pre-project planning services include:

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Site Assessments
  • Conceptual Cost Estimating / Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) Estimating
  • Lifecycle Cost Analyses
  • Cash Flow Projections
  • Preliminary Schedule Development / Milestone Scheduling
  • Environmental / Sustainability Assessments
  • Construction Phasing Evaluation
  • Design / Constructability Review
Delivering the highest possible value for your budget begins with UBG’s preconstruction services. Our proactive approach ensures you have accurate estimates and detailed schedules early in the process, allowing you to make the best decisions to optimize your investment. UBG adds value to the preconstruction phase by using the cutting-edge virtual design capabilities of Building Information Modeling (BIM). These sophisticated 3D models allow the entire team to visualize the building, coordinate the entire project, and detect construction conflicts before you spend money on materials and labor.

UBG’s preconstruction services include:

  • Requirements identification
  • Design collaboration
  • Value analysis
  • Visualization and conflict modeling through BIM
  • Constructability review
  • Environmental/Sustainability analysis
  • Total cost of ownership assessment
  • Estimating (including establishing a Guaranteed Maximum Price)
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontractor selection
Regardless of its size or type, your project will be managed throughout the construction process by a knowledgeable, highly qualified team of UBG professionals who will act as stewards of your money and your facility. UBG will begin by carefully developing subcontractor and vendor bid packages to optimize your buying power. Then, a project manager specialized in your type of project will oversee and carefully control all cost components (including labor, materials and subcontractor agreements), keep you informed, and ensure ongoing communication between all team members. A site superintendent with experience in similar projects will be onsite full time to monitor and coordinate subcontractors, provide day-to-day oversight, and ensure quality control. Throughout your project the UBG team will carefully monitor the schedule and proactively manage changes to ensure that your project is delivered on time. On every construction site, safety and quality are our most important jobs. Our comprehensive safety program is among the best in the industry.

UBG’s quality control processes include:

  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) Reviews
  • Subcontractor Preconstruction Conferences
  • Benchmarking
  • System and Component Mock-ups
  • Compliance Inspections
  • In-Wall/Above-Ceiling Inspections
Under this delivery method, the owner selects the architect and contractor as a team rather than making two separate selections. Proponents of this delivery method believe that it provides an assurance that the architect and contractor will work well together (since they chose to partner with each other). In many ways, this delivery method is similar to a CM@Risk contract after the selection is made.
In this method an architect is hired and completes the design process without the involvement of the contractor. When the construction documents are completed, the project is made available (advertised) for contractors to bid on. Contractors provide bids based on the total cost to complete the project and the selection of the contractor is based on price alone.
Under this delivery method, the contractor is usually selected based on their qualifications alone (although the contractor’s fee may be part of the consideration). The contractor may be selected before, at the same time as, or after the architect is selected. The contractor is usually heavily involved in the design process, working with the owner and architect to create the best possible project for the owner within their budget. Proponents of this delivery method believe that this collaboration helps the owner to get the best possible value for their dollar and reduces the owner’s risk. Under the CM@Risk delivery method, the general contractor holds the subcontractor contracts and works under a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) that is established once construction documents are completed.
Under the CM Agency delivery method, the selection process and involvement of the contractor in the design phase are very similar to those under CM@Risk. One of the main differences in this delivery method is that the owner holds the contracts directly with the subcontractors (in addition to their contract with the general contractor). Under this method, the owner carries all the risk and contracts for design, subcontractors, performance, schedule, quality, safety, budget overruns, errors and omissions, etc.
A relatively new delivery method, IPD has many models, each with its own unique variations. The selection process is usually based on the contractor’s qualifications, and the architect and contractor are selected separately prior to the start of design. Under IPD, the owner, architect and contractor enter into a contractual agreement outlining how they will collaborate during design and construction. This often includes agreements on the use of design and collaboration tools such as Building Information Modeling (BIM).
UBG is committed to making your close-out process simple, efficient and painless. We use a rolling completion list throughout your project to proactively address unfinished items and ensure subcontractors complete the work while they are still on the job site. We'll complete all remaining punch list items within 30 days, allowing you to move on with enjoying your new facility. With our electronic close-out documents your facility information will always be as close as your keyboard. We can also integrate the component information into your computerized maintenance managment system (CMMS) or provide 3D models of the building and components. An UBG building is always an UBG building to us, and we're committed to providing exceptional warranty service. UBG close-out services include:  Commissioning  Move Management Consulting  Facility Systems Training  Electronic Documents  CMMS Data Integration  Warranty Service

Building Systems

Unified Building Group has extensive experience with concrete modular building units, precast panels, tilt wall, concrete masonry, metal systems  and other structural elements, We offer a complete range of design options and functionality in providing the structural envelope of a building. Our experience with combining a wide variety of roof systems, precast components and other traditional site construction elements, allow us to approach each project from a unique vantage point offering our customers a complete range of design flexibility and functionality not common to traditional methods of construction. Our research and development efforts continue to lead the construction industry in innovation and developing/configuring integrated systems to meet the exact needs of a project.

Building Systems Integration