How it benefits the Owner >

"I look forward to the start of projects with K&L for the opportunity to work with him. His strong and steady guidance of the preconstruction process gives everyone on the team a sense of comfort and confidence that the rest of the K&L team carries out throughout the duration of construction."

Chuck Rogers
Director of Design and ConstructionUniversity of Richmond

PRECONSTRUCTION

​Value Engineering, Budgeting, Cost Estimating + Cost Modeling

 

One of the primary missions of a professional Construction Manager is to monitor and control costs. Our estimating procedures are designed to ensure the project will be successfully completed within your budget and that all construction-related expenditures will be thoroughly reviewed and documented.

 

It should be emphasized that our budgets are developed by our team of professional estimators. They are experienced in every discipline of work, and they maintain a vast data system of past projects from which to draw reliable cost and constructability information. Additionally, our relationships with our vendors allow free and open communication relative to market shifts, impending shortages of either labor or material and new product information and review.

All of these things work together to lay the foundation for a successful transition to construction. These upfront efforts on behalf of our Preconstruction Team result in providing the Owner with the confidence they are getting the best value for every dollar spent.

How it benefits the project >

"K&L worked very closely with the Architect and the College to develop a phasing plan which allowed the building to be gutted, reconfigured, and renovated with new mechanical, electrical, and sprinkler systems while it was occupied.  The entire project was substantially completed and occupied 3 weeks before the contract completion date. "

Paul Sweet
Capital Outlay Program Manager
Virginia Community College System

VIRTUAL DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION

​Clash Detection, Minimize, Waste, Conflict Resolution, + Facility Management

 

​Participants in the building process are constantly challenged to deliver successful projects despite tight budgets, limited manpower, accelerated schedules, and limited or conflicting information. The BIM concept envisions the virtual construction of a facility prior to its actual physical construction, in order to reduce uncertainty, improve safety, work out problems, and simulate and analyze potential impacts. Sub-contractors from every trade can input critical information into the model before beginning construction, with opportunities to pre-fabricate or pre-assemble some systems off-site. All of these factors support the established schedule, which in turn provides substantial cost savings for the Owner.

How it benefits all stakeholders>

"It’s Kjellstrom and Lee’s continual ability to exceed expectations that has earned them the trust and respect of the various project stakeholders.  
 We value our partnership with Kjellstrom and Lee and look forward to our continued working relationship in the delivery of quality projects."

Thomas M. Kalasky
Director Design & Construction
Washington & Lee University

 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Working With Our Project Partners To Take an Intangible Desire and Turn It Into a "Brick and Mortar" Reality.

 

Critical to Construction Management and transitioning from intangible to tangible, is determining from the outset how each member of the project team defines success. What are the project goals and how do we, as a team, ensure that the work we are doing ultimately supports meeting those end goals?

Communication truly is the key. By engaging the CM early in the process, we are able to offer valuable input on design, constructability, and cost. Meeting early and often can result in a great deal of savings of both time and money. A total win/win for all.

Construction can be incredibly fluid. Needs may change, existing conditions of a 100 year old historical structure may present unique challenges, or perhaps fundraising efforts have fallen short of the goal.

As the Construction Manager, we are able to leverage our expertise and relationships with the Subcontractor community to quickly and effectively navigate these sorts of changes. At Kjellstrom +Lee our Estimating and Operations teams work in tandem, and in partnership with the Owner and Designers, to determine how best to proceed while still meeting scheduling, budgetary, and program needs.