Before Breaking Ground

Early involvement in a project by the general contractor is one key to successful construction. Initial stage participation allows us to completely understand a project’s challenges and client needs and expectations. This means working with business partners (architects, owners, engineers) immediately to establish time frames, goals and responsibilities. Specifically, it includes cost effective design, conceptual estimating, permit coordination, detailed scheduling, and setting performance baselines around procedures and logistics.

We identify the best sub-contractors for the project through initial pre-qualification and then a careful, open review of their proposals according to scope, accuracy and pricing. During this process, we’ll seek out potential cost savings in all areas, as well as specific scheduling and material solutions.

The main goal of pre-construction is to eliminate surprises after breaking ground and to build as cost effectively as possible. This happens best through close communication and collaboration among business partners, as accountability is established and quality control begins.

Our services are versatile based on the needs of our clients and each project:

  • Site Evaluation
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Constructability Review
  • Schedule Development
  • Development of Logistics Planning
  • Development of Project Safety Plan
  • Budget Development
  • Value Engineering
  • Responsibility Matrix
  • Consultant Selection Assistance
  • Subcontractor and Consultant Coordination
  • Identify and Procure Long Lead Items

Delivery Methods: There are several roles W. L. Butler can fulfill as general contractor in order to deliver construction services that bring a project in on time and on budget.

  • Design-Assist
  • Design-Build
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Lean