Maloney & Bell serves commercial clients at every phase of a project from design and permitting to notice of completion.
At Maloney & Bell, we prefer to “over emphasize” our pre-construction services. By performing cost estimating, value engineering and a constructability review up-front, during the design process as a member of the owner/architect/contractor team, Maloney & Bell enables a problem-free design for the owner, which is within the owner’s budget.
Implementing our pre-construction services results in lower owner risk and delivers projects on time and on budget.
To ensure that final design and project costs are consistent with the owner’s objective, pre- construction services involve team interaction (Maloney & Bell / Owner / Architect) from conceptual planning, design development and working drawing preparation, through working drawing completion.
Maloney & Bell’s pre-construction services include three primary elements:
- Project pre-construction/master schedule for the overall pre-construction process
- Preliminary critical path schedule as a tool to determine/verify project completion date
- Procurement schedule to identify long lead materials
Design Evaluation and Review
- Existing-conditions review of project site
- Proposed structural systems review
- Cost and availability evaluation for alternative methods and systems
- Constructability review of architectural design on a trade-by-trade basis
- Prepare preliminary cost estimates at initial stages of planning and schematic design.
- Definitive budget estimates as construction documents develop
- Guaranteed maximum cost estimate preparation when plans & specs sufficiently complete for subcontractor bidding and definitive estimating.
Please call our offices for more detailed information regarding our pre-construction services and how they might apply to your commercial construction project.
In addition to the standard construction process, Maloney & Bell provides design/build services to meet the needs of clients whose projects will benefit the most from this construction approach.
Design-build construction is a detailed management process of an owner/developer selecting a general contractor to design and build from conceptual (minimal) information a facility or space for an intended use or purpose. This requires the general contractor/architect to:
- Prepare for the owner a design from the conceptual information
- Get owner design approval
- Get owner-approved budgets
- Get governmental and regulatory agency approvals
- Procure subcontracts
- Procure equipment
- Coordinate utilities
- Provide the owner with construction services throughout the project to owner occupancy and prime contract completion
This type of construction contracting is very detail-oriented in most, if not all situations. It demands that the project team initiate and maintain prudent project controls at all levels of project management within various means of prime contract development.
Three Types of Design/Build Contracts
A contract with a stipulated or lump sum amount for the scope of work described in the contract. Typically no backup for billing is required by the owner.
Cost Plus Fee
A contract that is reimbursed for the actual cost of labor and material plus an additional fee for overhead and profit. This type of agreement may also include shared savings or other incentives for early competition.
Guaranteed Maximum Price
A form of cost plus fee where uncertainty exists. The contractor guarantees a maximum price to the contract, which will not be exceeded unless there is a change of scope by the owner.
Please call our offices for more detailed information regarding our design-build/design-assist services and how they might apply to your commercial construction project.
Maloney & Bell sees its primary function as the management of commercial construction projects from estimating to project completion. Each component of the entire construction process is crucial to the success of the whole. The construction phase of the project includes but is not limited to the following:
- Establish onsite organization and lines of authority in order to carry out the overall plans of the project on a totally coordinated basis.
- Establish procedures for and implement coordination of the owner, architect, contractor and subcontractors.
- Maintain a competent full-time field staff to provide field supervision and management in connection with the performance of self-performed work and the work of the various subcontractors.
- Work with each subcontractor to develop detailed operating schedules for their portion of the work and monitor, update and report on this schedule during the construction period.
- Maintain on a current basis, a record of all subcontracts, including shop drawings, samples, purchases, materials equipment, applicable handbooks, federal, commercial and technical standards, specifications and any other related documents and revisions that arise out of the contract for the construction work.
- Make recommendations to the owner for changes in the work that may be desirable or necessary due to the field conditions, cost, quality or progress of the work.
- Maintain accurate, up-to-date construction cost accounting.
- Monitor the interpretation of construction documents.
Please call our offices for more detailed information regarding our project management services and how they might apply to your commercial construction project.
Maloney & Bell has long recognized the importance of maintaining close control of all job cost and project documents. In order to be effective, a system of controls is necessary at all phases of the project. Towards that end, Maloney & Bell uses the a computerized cost system.
This system is a fully integrated, computerized system that provides a management tool to track documents, monitor and forecast costs, summarize information, and provide current and accurate reports. The system is controlled by project management personnel and accounting personnel.
With our system, we can input and fully track:
- Job costs
- Labor control
- Purchase orders
- Requests for information
- Change management
- Individual punch list items
- Accounts payable
- Accounts receivable
This system also allows us to input and track:
- All items that may affect job costs and commitments
- Identification of items that may be a change in scope
- Complete tracking of all contract and purchase order commitments
- Information to forecast costs that affect every line item
The cost control reports provide a variety of options that allow us to document information by authorization or trade, and provide usable summaries to fit both Maloney & Bell’s and the owner’s needs.
Please call our offices for more detailed information regarding our cost control services and how they might apply to your commercial construction project.
Project quality control is taken very seriously at Maloney & Bell. It is our policy and objective to continuously review our operations and to document and maintain an effective quality system to ensure and demonstrate control of our construction projects. We focus on the reduction, elimination and prevention of quality deficiencies.
Maloney & Bell fully recognizes its accountability and acknowledges that all of its employees are both individually and collectively responsible for quality. The achievement of a high level of quality is related to the planned and efficient utilization of the technological, human and material resources available to the company, including the selection of qualified subcontractors.
The individuals with primary responsibility for the quality control process are:
Project Manager – Ensures the progression of the project while adhering to the recognized standards of quality and safety.
Project Superintendent – Ensures that all aspects of the fabrication, assembly, testing and labor resources are managed in a proper manner according to the plan while adhering to approved standards, good housekeeping, site management, industrial relations and safety.
Quality Control of Subcontractors Work – Subcontractors are responsible for the quality of the work they perform.
Maloney & Bell encourages subcontractors to prepare and submit their own inspection and testing plans for review by the owner, design consultants and project manager. The subcontractor’s proposed quality control plans are checked with requirements in the project specifications and the owner’s outside testing agency are consulted to ensure that proper industry standards are included in the guidelines.
Please call our offices for more detailed information regarding our quality control services and how they might apply to your commercial construction project.
The management of Maloney & Bell is committed to ensuring the safety of all its employees. Construction is recognized as one of the high hazard industries requiring the employer’s every effort and duty to provide and maintain a healthful and safe workplace.
Goals to Achieve a Strong Safety Culture
- Training at all levels on hazard recognition and elimination
- Attitude adjustment to meld productivity and safety in order to achieve a true safety culture
- Establish responsibility and accountability
- Eliminate injury and human suffering
- Prevent accidents, thereby controlling losses from property and equipment damage, lost productivity and reputation
- Investigate all accidents and incidents in order to prevent recurrence
- Monitor subcontractor safety and assure compliance with good “safe practices”
- Plan safety and productivity
- Maloney & Bell monitors subcontractor safety performance and safety meetings in the following areas:
- Compliance with all applicable codes and safe practices
- Conduct safety meetings with subcontractor supervisors on a monthly basis
- Document enforcement of safety violations by issuing “safety violations”
- Monitor subcontractor tool box safety meetings
Hazardous Material Management
Maloney & Bell has a moral and legal commitment to protect the safety and health of its employees and those working on and around its construction sites. It is with this commitment in mind that Maloney & Bell requires the acquisition of material safety data sheets for all materials brought to the site by vendors, subcontractors and/or our client’s suppliers.
The Benefits of a Strong Safety Culture
No real price can be set on the benefits of protecting the life and health of our employees. However, the benefits derived from a strong safety culture include reduction in insurance costs while raising employees’ productivity and morale.
Please call our offices for more detailed information regarding our safety services and how they might apply to your commercial construction project.
Maloney & Bell maintains experienced personnel and the most updated communication and record-keeping methods as primary elements to assure effective supervision of construction projects.
Maloney & Bell hires, and is always on the lookout for, the most qualified people available for its staff and field positions. In an industry that is accustomed to frequent turnover in personnel (especially field personnel) our company has been able to keep its employees for an unusually long time. For example, one of our project superintendents has been with Maloney & Bell since it first opened in 1981. Others have been here for as many as 15 years.
Through years of experience staffing simultaneous construction projects, we have developed the skills necessary to utilize our employees efficiently – to meet the needs of our clients, and fulfill the needs of the project.
Communication and Other Capabilities
It is the policy of our firm to utilize and incorporate the most updated technology, methods of construction and methods of communication available for the time. Our capabilities include but are not limited to:
- CADD capabilities
- E-mail communications
- Digital cameras at each job site
- Laptop computers at each job site
- Relationships with quality architectural and engineering firms
- Networked accounting and project management software systems
Please call our offices for more detailed information regarding our supervision services and how they might apply to your commercial construction project.
Maloney & Bell schedules and monitors all of its projects with current scheduling software and hardware. Our project schedules are prepared with the input of experienced project professionals such as superintendents, project managers and trade specialists. We also utilize our subcontractors as an important source of scheduling data.
Maloney & Bell’s scheduling system is designed to assist on-site construction staff and update project principals representing Maloney & Bell as well as the owner.
The Maloney & Bell scheduling system includes the following:
- Milestone summary schedules
- Detail construction schedules
- Short interval scheduling
- On-site project status and review
- Cash flow projections
- Project updating and custom reporting
- Coordination of schedules and budgets
Please call our offices for more detailed information regarding our scheduling services and how they might apply to your commercial construction project.