Design Phase

Posted on: February 28th, 2012 by HillCo5 No Comments

Working closely with the Architect, Owner and Design Professionals during this phase of construction project management, the team will:

  • Advise on site improvements
  • Provide recommendations on construction feasibility
  • Update on the availability of labor and materials, as well as time requirements for installation and construction
  • Inform stakeholders about factors related to costs of alternate designs or materials, preliminary budgets, and possible cost savings


Utilizing Microsoft Project, the project management team will develop a schedule that integrates design efforts with construction operations in order to obtain deadlines and a completion date that meets the needs of the client. Scheduling in this manner means the inclusion of factors such as: design tasks, construction operations, realistic activity sequences and durations, allocation of labor and materials, processing of shop drawings and samples, delivery of long lead-time duration items, and occupancy requirements.

Cost Control

We know money matters. That is why we have controls in place that help ensure our clients’ construction budgets are continuously observed and all our projects continue to finish at or under projected cost. To this end, you can expect the following steps to be taken by your construction project management team:

  1. The Architect is equipped with the systems and material costs of every project so all design efforts can remain within the desired economic parameters.
  2. A preliminary budget is then developed, which is broken down by categories of work and/or CSI format.
  3. The estimate becomes the benchmark against which costs are monitored throughout the entire design phase.
  4. The budget is updated, refined and then presented to the Owner for approval at each major phase of the design process.
  5. Any line item deviations are immediately brought to the attention of team members so that alternative recommendations or corrections can be made.

* If contract documents contain detail on obtaining bids from major subcontractors, The Hill Companies will provide the final project price.

Value Engineering

Cost controls aren’t the only way we help our clients get the very best value. Our clients receive the added bonus of value engineering when they work with The Hill Companies. Utilizing this approach allows us to evaluate factors for the type of construction, equipment, and materials in the design and make recommendations on alternatives that can save money up-front, or in long-term maintenance costs.

Coordination of Contract Documents

By reviewing all contract documents with the Architect on a continual basis, we are more likely to avoid issues with construction feasibility, scheduling, costs, and material availability.

Subcontractor and Material Bidding

Upon completion of contract documents, we obtain bids from subcontractors using bonding capabilities and financial security as decision-making tools. Once a complete list of bids is compiled, it is compared with bids received on similar construction projects and then submitted to the Owner along with our recommendations. All team members are encouraged to evaluate and choose the best-qualified subcontractors.