How does that saying go again? Time is…money! As an owner, you know that time truly is money and when you are thinking about beginning a construction project, you want to make certain that your project is going to be completed on time. In a world where everything around us seems to be delayed or experiencing shortages, this can become an even greater worry.
At Lakewood, we know time is a valuable resource that should be respected. That is why we have trusted and tested processes in place to ensure that when we give you a project completion date, we are able to uphold that date. It is no small feat to make sure that a project is completed on time in the current market conditions, so let’s talk through the 5 things that we have put in place to demonstrate that we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk as well.
1. Design-Build Integration
We provide a turnkey construction process through offering quality in-house design|build services. Whether you are using our architectural services, or you have already found your architectural partner, the architecture and construction components of your project will be combined as one well-oiled and collaborative team. Design|build adds an inherent efficiency and effectiveness to the process and greatly diminishes the chances of something being overlooked or getting lost in translation. When the two teams are combined as a single point of accountability, it keeps schedules and budgets on track and produces higher-quality results in less time.
2. Prioritize Early Planning
The most crucial part of every project is the pre-construction phase. In this phase, we invest time to understand everything from your operational wants, needs and goals, all the way to your current frustrations and your future growth goals. Throughout this phase we also analyze any risks or challenges that may come up in your project. By being pro-active we are able to mitigate those risks and avoid delays and costly changes later on in the project.
The truth about construction is that there are going to be unknown challenges that come up during a project, it is the nature of the industry. We work to anticipate the challenges before they happen and then innovate and manage through them when they do arise. We own the mindset of viewing these potential challenges as opportunities to innovate and create an excellent experience for our clients.
When supply chain shortages plagued the industry amidst a pandemic, our team worked diligently to get ahead of the shortages. We did not want to be faced with a project that couldn’t progress because we were waiting on a shipment. To combat that we contacted suppliers directly to find alternate products of the same quality and design to ensure our projects remained on schedule. If the delays were unavoidable, we worked closely with our own team and trade contractors to see where there were opportunities to accelerate or re-sequence the projects schedule. These pivots made up for any potential lost time, so we were still able to meet the desired end date. We innovated and put in the extra work to exceed clients’ expectations, even amidst challenges.
4. Strong Relationships
At Lakewood, we value strong relationships and work hard to create and maintain them with those we work with. These relationships are critical resources that ensure the success and timeliness of your project.
Our trade contractors are an essential part of any job, and we couldn’t do what we do without them. We continuously look to them as trusted partners in the industry and value their strong knowledge of their given trade. It is through these relationships that we can collaborate and problem-solve together to create the best solutions for our clients.
5. Prioritize Communication
Communication is key! Every commercial construction project has a long list of moving parts; lack of communication can lead to misunderstandings and disagreements between those parts. We eliminate potential misunderstandings by providing transparent communication on a weekly basis, ensuring everyone is on the same page from start to finish.
We are open and honest with our communication to clients, which means we may not always tell you the things you want to hear, but you can trust that we will always tell you what you need to hear.
Through intentionally integrating the above five things into our culture and day-to-day, we successfully collaborate to create an extremely accurate schedule and timeline for your build. For us, respecting your time is shown by delivering on what we say we are going to and continuing to build that foundation of trust with our clients. We want to ensure we are always walking the walk and exceeding your expectations at every turn.
If you are starting to think about a new build or capital project and want to discuss your options further, please give us a call at 616.392.6923, we would love the opportunity to work together!