REDEFINING THE INDUSTRY STANDARD
Kearey Construction is redefining the way our clients define the industry standard of general contractors. This starts with the way we view and treat our clients. Kearey’s building philosophy is based on cultivating and growing warm, caring client partnerships in and around our community. With a focus on building exceptional people, partnerships, and places, we have developed a proven record of working collaboratively to execute project requirements and successfully delivery projects on time while maximizing value offerings to our client(s).
LAND ACQUISITION AND VETTING
Kearey takes an active role working with our client partners from day one to determine if a proposed property is suitable for the planned development. We assist our client through the evaluation of the prospect by offering the following services:
Basic vetting to include verification of existing zoning, identification of terrain issues, identification of post construction buffers that may limit development area, access to utilities, and any easements that may impact the usability of the property.
Sketch plan to quickly identify potential best and highest use of the property based on current zoning and/or desired zoning considering the zoning surrounding the property. This also considers parking, traffic circulation, and even landscaping.
Site visit to visually inspect the property to identify existing utilities / infrastructure and further identify any issues that may hinder a rezoning or the possible development of the property.
Development of a concept level budget to assist the client in evaluating an offer on the property.
Kearey provides support to our client partners throughout the rezoning process from the identification of design partners and rezoning attorneys to introductory community with Council Members or other government figures with whom we have worked with on other projects. As part of the development team, Kearey supports our clients throughout the rezoning process to include:
Meeting with the Planning Staff to Discuss the Site Plan Comments
Attend Community Meeting to Field Construction Related Concerns
Assist Design Team in the Review / Update of Rezoning Plan
Attend the Public Hearing to Support the Rezoning Team
Attend the City Council Meeting and Address any Construction Related Concerns
The pre-construction process starts in broad terms with an overall project and design evaluation. This will emerge from the initial meeting and document transaction with our client / development partner and is the big picture elements of the project. This initial evaluation lays the foundation for the rest of the pre-construction services as well as the actual construction. Once the design team has been selected, Kearey provides further value to our client partners through:
Review of schematic design including value engineering feedback and lessons learned from similar projects.
Working with clients on fixtures and finishes options for the project development to assist the design team with their details and notes.
Attend design meetings with owner and design team and provide input based on our experience and market costing conditions.
Guide our client on the means and methods to the construction process and ways to optimize / increase financial efficiency.
Materials are evaluated, the systems and product delivery considered, areas of concern will be targeted, and more.
Final review of construction documents before submittal for permit.
Once the project has gone in for permit, Kearey’s preconstruction team takes over. This team generally includes the Project Manager that will be looking after the project as well as the client manager and a member of the executive team. The preconstruction team will pore over the design documents to make sure that they reflect what the client is asking for and industry standards. Every detail and possible oversight must be considered so there aren’t high-priced contingencies during the bidding phase. The goal is to ensure that the project starts off smoothly and the maximum potential value of the project can be captured. We assist our clients during the preconstruction period through:
Coordinating with the client and making selections on subcontractors and trade vendors based on price, past performance, and quality of work
Construction guidance, knowledge and leadership. We talk through options and provide recommendations for a successful project.
Develop responsibilities matrix to help identify deliverables by all parties.
Establish a preliminary construction schedule. This will help organize the project and set a clear outline for how it will make it to its conclusion.
Work with selected bidders to identify any available alternates or other cost saving measures that may not have been identified in the final design process
Collaborate with client partners and the design team on final finishes and fixtures for the project
CONSTRUCTION COST ESTIMATING
Core to any project feasibility is cost. It can quickly become a deal breaker if expectations are not clearly defined from day one. We work in completely transparency and in full coordination with our client partners to ensure that expectations are met and no surprises arise during the design process. It is important to elaborate on transparency – we are always 100% transparent in our costing and provide complete line item details which also reference the multiple quotes received for each line item. Other contractors try and cover their operating costs by burying hidden costs within subcontractor quotes, making their general conditions, overhead, and profit figures look artificially low. We take a different approach and provide complete transparency to our clients day one so that the partnership begins on a solid foundation of trust. Kearey provides multiple iterations of costing to our client partners throughout the preconstruction process. This includes:
Concept level budget established at the time of land vetting
Sketch plan budget established at the time of schematic architectural design drawings and engineered site drawings
Design development budget established once preliminary engineered drawings are developed
Final construction costing upon completion of the drawings at the time of permit submission
Each project requires varying level of personnel commitments. However, one thing remains constant regardless of project site – we look after our client’s interests all the time. Time and money are things that, once spent, are gone forever. We take that to heart and work diligently all the time to ensure that the project remains on schedule and within the defined budget. Where possible, we continue to identify value opportunities throughout the project, giving us the opportunity to credit back our client.
Communication is critical during construction of any project. Part of our communication is our reporting structure which includes daily field reports and monthly progress reports that ensure that all shareholders know where the project is at all times.
For us, the project doesn’t end at a Certificate of Occupancy or Completion Certificate. Our commitment remains to our client. This means that we stand by our warranty and provide a site presence to address warranty related matters while also educating our client or their management team on the building, its features, equipment, and other areas that are vital to maintaining the property.