Most construction companies have to deal with hundreds of drawings over the course of a project, but at CPPI, virtual design supplemented construction has become a reality. What benefit does that provide our clients?
Virtual design directly affects savings in time and cost of projects and reduces errors, to the benefit of our customers, subcontractors, and employees.
Constantly providing value is CPPI’s main goal using technology to enhance project delivery. However, technology alone is not the end-all. Our team must be able put those technologies to use to achieve results. The synthesis of technology and collaboration achieves the best result.
BIM/VDC services provided:
- MEP Coordination
- Model Based Quantity
- Model Based Estimating
- 4D Scheduling
- Constructability Analysis
- Layout & Fieldwork
- As-Built Model Delivery
Delivering data-rich models to our clients to track “real-time” ongoing condition assessments of assets is an invaluable tool. These models facilitate “useful life” analysis to more accurately project future replacement costs for Capital Replacement Programs.
CPPI is fully vested in VDC and BIM. This technology is about to take a quantum leap with augmented reality embedded in wearable glasses or other devices providing the next level of integrated intelligence. CPPI is poised to take full advantage of these advances.
Clash detection and visualization using BIM has afforded time and material savings on all projects since its incorporation.
We import and align the design models to create the Navisworks coordination model. All design models have been detached from central, worksets removed, links removed, and each Revit file purged and aligned. When dwg files are used, AutoCAD layers are pared down to those specific to the coordination requirements. Each file is stitched back into the coordination model. The coordination model is analyzed using Navisworks clash detection. Pipes, conduit and duct are moved, adjusted, resized to fit. Once the clash report is deemed clean, final positions are defined with annotations of elevations to top/bottom of duct/pipe and dimensions from grid lines or walls and are submitted in the form of two dimensional pdf drawings for use in the field. The final Navisworks model reflects as-built changes as coordinated and modified by the subcontractor BIM teams.
Along with extremely accurate digital three-dimensional representation of the actual building as it was built, this model also contains specific, detailed data of all equipment and components within. It is fully adaptable to existing maintenance programs for the life of the building.
We take the model to the next step using Innovaya Visual Estimating, generating object quantities directly from each design model. The quantities are extracted based on object parameters and reported as take-off quantities to MS Excel and directly into Timberline for prompt cost estimate turnaround.
CPPI utilizes the process of commissioning to verify and document that our projects and its systems are designed and built in a manner that meets our quality standards and achieve the goals of our clients. The commissioning process typically incorporates systems such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing, but may also include telecommunications, security, fire alarm systems, structural systems and building envelopes. This process is essential to identifying and resolving any potential issues during construction. Commissioning benefits the projects by helping to improve building performance, lower operating, maintenance and energy costs, reduce warranty issues, and ensure that all systems are operating at their designed capacity.
Continuing Service Projects
CPPI has held continuing service contracts through our Diversified Projects Division (DPD) since 1996. During this time, we have developed and refined our approach and methods to continuing service contracts. We understand the quick response, attention to detail and flexibility required by the continuing services contracts. Every project is important and the dollar amount per project does not matter. It is the service we provide that will continue to gain our client’s respect and substantiate more opportunities. We strive to build trust with the facilities group and the occupants and this is achieved by following through on our promises. We respond immediately to your calls and communications as hours count on these projects. A day lost on a minor contract can be comparable to a week on a typical larger project.
For interior renovations, cleanliness must be maintained outside the project site and through occupied space. We cannot leave a trail to and from the project site. Noise and vibration can affect the building occupants. We must be sensitive to the surrounding activities and will adjust our activities to accommodate the occupants.
CPPI has specialized in the fast track delivery of minor projects by adapting our work processes to better address the special needs of a continuing services contract. Some of these methods include:
- Early demolition packages
- Extended work hours
- Planned outages for Holidays and Spring Breaks
- Submittals and long lead procurement prior to start of construction
Integrated Mobile Technology
CPPI brings the latest technology directly to the project site and field staff. Our staff utilizes tablets in the field allowing for immediate communication regarding all facets of the project. Instead of files in the office, our teams have complete access to files specific to the project directly on their tablets. We, the project team, work on “data now” to better collaborate between the field and office. This produces quicker decisions, higher quality and improved efficiency. We consider the project team to be the owner, architect/engineers, subcontractors and all consultants collaborating to build your project.
Each file has purchase orders, drawings, site plans, meeting minutes, RFI’s, etc.
They can access the entire schedule and the names and contact information of every subcontractor and supplier partner working on our project. This allows all project information to be accessible at a moment’s notice and helps with portability, speed, and versatility.
CPPI has established a cloud network allowing immediate access for onsite construction staff as well as clients to retrieve vital real-time project documents, which include:
- Meeting Minutes
- QC Program
We are currently looking forward to other site-specific technologies, which include cloud-enabled RFID badging, environmental monitoring, and forensic drone technologies. CPPI continues to investigate productive and proactive technologies that help to improve the construction process.
CPPI has successfully completed multiple projects that utilized lean elements. We are experienced with collaborating with owners, architects, engineers, and subcontractor in an effort to eliminate waste, optimize design, and shorten fabrication time and construction duration. CPPI has many in-house resources that can be used to achieve these goals, including a corporate schedule and a staff lean advocate.
CPPI is committed to focusing on continuous improvement, eliminating waste and reducing cost. We will accomplish this by:
- An effective project team’s approach to cost, schedule, analyzing manpower and material procurement
- Work with the entire team to identify Key Performance Indicators/metrics to track and measure
- Issuing variance reports throughout the project that will track potential savings, accepted or rejected, throughout the process
- Research existing conditions to help enhance complete design with predictable results
CPPI spearheads this process from the beginning by implementing a complete Teambuilding Workshop that involves all parties to identify the proper culture and collaborative efforts needed to create a unified team to deliver the client’s stated goals.
CPPI can explore the value of pre-fabricating various building elements off-site. Instead of sequentially construction facilities, CPPI, and its trade partners, has the ability to deliver multiple project elements at the same time to streamline schedules. With some of the most technical work performed off-site in a more controlled environment, safety is improved as well. Combining pre-fabrication with 3D BIM, project teams avoid potential conflicts regarding the use of building space.
CPPI has implemented pull planning with successful results on multiple projects. This collaborative approach includes those who are directly responsible for supervising the work on the project. By having the responsible parties engage with each other to collaboratively work out a plan for the project, the entire team can benefit. CPPI emphasizes a collaborative scheduling process that allows for vertical and horizontal communication to better ensure a projects success.
CPPI‘s objective is to ensure that all qualified firms have an equal opportunity to participate on our projects. Our team is committed to diversity and inclusion. We work to partner with suppliers and vendors who understand the value of a diverse workforce as well as supporting the communities in which they live and serve. With 53 years of experience delivering projects, our team has an extensive database of subcontractors we contact to gauge interest and determine whether they are a good fit for the project. This determination ensures that the subcontractor can perform the work and will devote their best people to the project.
To accomplish this objective, CPPI utilizes a mentorship program. This program was designed to provide business owners the opportunity for contractual awards, while simultaneously training their management staff in all aspects of operating and managing construction projects in which the minority contractor cannot, or has not, had the opportunity to serve as prime contractor. Each mentor relationship is based on the needs and the opportunities of the specific project. Our Mentorship Program is helping to eliminate the “lack of experience” obstacle that many of these organizations are facing. Our Internal Mentorship Program involves affiliations with other firms as well as subcontractor participation, while our External Mentorship Program involves forming official partnerships with firms to pursue work for specific entities. CPPI has successfully implemented the mentorship program with multiple partners.
CPPI has an in-house MEP/FP Coordinator who provides support to all of our projects. He is responsible for the coordination of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. This coordination includes performing constructability review, submittal review and working closely with Project Management and Supervisory staff for the duration of the project to assure that all systems are complete and finished to specification and on schedule.
Additionally, our MEP/FP Coordinator performs value engineering and conflict avoidance for MEP/FP systems as applicable throughout the project. He is responsible for facilitating systems start-up, commissioning, and owner training.
The services performed during pre-construction will have the most impact on the ultimate success of this project.
Below is an overview of services that are involved in this extremely important initial phase of the project.
REVIEWING PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS
Reviewing plans and specifications as they are produced is essential for enhancing efficiency and managing quality. By providing careful analysis of the architectural, structural, civil and MEP designs, we are assisting the design team in coordinating disciplines as well as alleviate errors or misinformation. This process ultimately results in a better set of project documents, which in turn will provide the client with better trade contractor pricing and a higher quality project.
INITIATE VALUE ENGINEERING/ANALYSIS
During plan review and budget estimating, our team initiates our value analysis of the project design and MEP systems. Our approach is a creative effort concerned with the elimination or modification of anything that adds cost to an item without adding to its function or aesthetics. Specific attention is given to the MEP systems which have a large first cost value and can have a dramatic effect on operational costs and the comfort of patients and staff for the life of the building.
Charles Perry Partners, Inc., through a combination of experience, creative techniques, trade contractor input, and the latest technical information concerning new materials and methods, develops alternate solutions to be discussed and vetted out by the entire team.
Detailed estimates will be provided at appropriate intervals during schematic design, design development, and construction document phases of design. Our estimators develop detailed quantity take-offs and unit pricing, which are included in Project Cost Reports submitted to the Owner. All subsequent estimate reviews are submitted to the owner in similar detail with comparisons of previous quantity/unit pricing to current quantity/unit pricing.
The primary cost control services performed during the preconstruction design phase are carried out by our full service preconstruction and estimating group of professionals led by our Director of Preconstruction.
We understand that the decisions made during design effect the ultimate outcome of your project and we strive to make sure that the systems documented on the plans are the most efficient and cost effective for the desired quality and esthetics. We do this by having senior construction professionals within our organization review the construction documents at the appropriate time.
From the very first meeting, CPPI’s project manager, along with our in-house corporate scheduler, will develop a project master schedule, including all design, preconstruction and construction activity sequences. This will be derived with input from the architect and engineers. Specific milestone dates, review periods and a list of deliverables with due dates will be included. This schedule will be updated at each meeting and distributed to all team members.
The schedule will also be used to analyze potential phased construction activities so that we can fast track the project. This will lead to a greater overall efficiency and allow the team to deliver the project faster.
IDENTIFY LONG LEAD MATERIALS
During the budgeting and value analysis portion of preconstruction services, it is essential to confirm material lead times with trade contractors and suppliers. With this information, the team will be able to select which materials need to be procured early so that the schedule is not impacted. During this phase the preconstruction team will also investigate systems that can be prefabricated off site that may enhance the schedule or reduce costs. This is particularly important in a fast track delivery method.
CPPI is committed to an aggressive, results oriented safety program based on strong management support and effective job site implementation and enforcement. A safe job site has proven to be a productive job site.
JOB SITE SAFETY MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT
CPPI’s Safety Manager is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the project’s job specific safety plan. The Safety Manager will provide on-site staff with expertise and support in the overall safety effort. The major components of the Job Site Safety Program Include:
- Safety issues are addressed and documented in all Job Site meetings
- Weekly Job Site safety meetings for all employees
- Monthly Job Site safety inspections by the CPPI Safety Manager requiring response from the Job Site Superintendent regarding correction of noted deficiencies
- Weekly informal Job Site visits by the CPPI Safety Director with an emphasis on subcontractor safety coaching and compliance
- Subcontractor safety program compliance documentation
- Strong daily emphasis by Job Site supervision on overall Job Site compliance with all applicable safety, health and environmental standards and regulations
(OSHA, EPA, State, etc.)
- Accident investigation and prompt remediation of accident causes
TRAINING & EDUCATION
Job Site personnel receive the following safety training:
- First Aid
- OSHA 10 Hour Construction Training
- Weekly safety meetings addressing OSHA mandated safety training topics
- Specialty safety training as required by work exposures
The CPPI Job Site Superintendent and field supervisory staff are responsible for the strong enforcement of the Job Site Safety Program. They work through the subcontractor supervision to ensure prompt and effective correction of all safety compliance issues. All compliance issues are documented with continued violations resulting in subcontractor employee and/or supervision removal and replacement.
CPPI’s approach to scheduling consists of, not only creating the optimal schedule, but monitoring and managing the schedule throughout the duration of a project to ensure that it is adhered to. The Project Manager, along with the Corporate Scheduler, develops the schedule with the project team and utilizes scheduling software to project duration times. In addition, meetings will be held to forecast any upcoming schedule impact, and how it will be accounted for. To maintain the schedule during construction, we take the following steps:
- Daily on-site activity and communication with trade contractors is recorded and documented
- CPPI monitors areas in which each trade contractor is working, the number of workers on site, the quantity of work put in place, and the site conditions
- Utilize Primavera, or Phoenix Scheduling software, as well as Spreadsheets, to track information that will be used consistently for reviews with team members
- Formal reviews including evaluation of performance, a preview of upcoming work and critical items according to the most current construction plan, and a review of potential changes
- Two week “look ahead” schedules and coordination of this schedule with all contractors active on the site during CPPI’s weekly progress and coordination meetings
In the unlikely event that on-site schedule conditions do not meet the Owner’s and CPPI’s schedule, CPPI will take the following steps:
- CPPI will set up a meeting with the key subcontractors to develop and implement a “work around” recovery schedule to get back on track
- Extra work hours, additional crews and work sequencing are all assessed, modified and included in the new ‘recover schedule’ as needed, to make up schedule slippage
Prospective trade contractors are utilized to review and validate our construction schedule. Their input and feedback is invaluable to ensure that the construction duration’s and feasibility are realistic. Specialty systems and critical path contractors are solicited to determine if there are more economical and faster methods of completing the work. We also rely on subcontractors and suppliers when considering long lead items and their relationship to the overall project schedule.
Prior to award, schedules are reviewed with potential trade contractors to ensure they “buy-in” to the plan presented at GMP. Actual subcontractors are involved in providing detailed scheduling information such as necessary manpower and resources required to develop and update schedules, allowing CPPI to effectively monitor and adjust to daily on-site progress.
Our accredited professionals have worked together closely with architects and engineers of record as well as independent consultants to ensure that all project goals are met. Our experience has shown the following to be keys to success:
- Clearly define the sustainability goals early in the project.
- Make a thorough cost/benefit analysis of sustainability options.
- Communicate clearly and often to the project team and user groups.
- Incorporate sustainability measures into the project’s quality control procedures.
At CPPI, we firmly believe in giving back to the communities we serve. One of our core values is stewardship and the employees of CPPI participate regularly in events throughout all of the communities that we live and work in. We take pride in partnering with our clients beyond financial support (i.e., sponsorships and other monetary contributions) to support you in your community endeavors when the opportunity arises. We truly value the opportunity to serve and support those in need.
CPPI’s athletic facility experience includes new construction and renovation projects for men’s and women’s NCAA Division I programs, including baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, and many others. This collegiate project experience includes facilities for national championship programs as well as the first LEED Platinum athletic facility in the country.
CPPI has provided construction services for commercial clients ranging from office renovations to state-of-the-art facilities for publicly-traded international companies. Commercial projects have included automobile dealerships, biomedical manufacturing, retail, food service, distribution centers, religious facilities, and corporate office buildings. Many of our commercial clients have utilized CPPI’s services to build multiple facilities on their campuses as their companies have expanded.
CPPI’s government experience has included projects for local, state, and federal entities. Facilities have included justice centers, government agency offices, emergency operations centers, libraries, non-profits, and community support service providers.
CPPI has delivered hundreds of higher education projects for both college and universities. Our experience includes new construction and renovation projects completed with minimal disruption to heavily occupied campuses, often with minimal area for staging and laydown. Our higher education work has included classrooms, administrative areas, teaching laboratories, medical simulators, auditoriums, infrastructure, counseling, retail, food service, and training facilities.
CPPI’s housing and mixed-use facility project experience includes senior living, student residence halls, apartments, luxury condominiums, multi-use developments, and hospitality facilities. Our clients for this market include national brands, regional developers, healthcare providers and private owners.
CPPI has completed hundreds of millions of square feet of healthcare construction for over 50 different entities in multiple states. Our experience includes phased campus expansion, emergency departments, vertical expansion, free standing facilities, cancer centers, acute care, and many other specialized areas of health services. We have worked extensively with regulatory agencies such as AHCA and have infection control programs specific to working in healthcare facilities. CPPI has many dedicated management and supervisory staff members who work solely on healthcare construction projects.
CPPI has provided construction services for more than 23 different school districts in the Southeast. Our K-12 experience includes new construction as well as additions and renovations to occupied facilities. Our safety program for K-12 projects includes background checks, badging and adherence to all Jessica Lunsford Act requirements. Additionally, our staff carefully coordinates with each school to minimize any impact to the daily lives of students, parents, and the facility’s staff.
CPPI has been on the forefront of the construction of innovation, research, and life sciences facilities. Our project experience includes facilities that house technology incubators, biomedical development and production, research labs, teaching labs, veterinary clinics, and medical simulators.
CPPI’s Diversified Projects Division is dedicated to the completion of projects with budgets under $2,000,000 that are delivered under continuing service contracts. CPPI currently holds continuing service contracts with a variety of clients in many different markets, including K-12 education, higher education, government, and healthcare.