Construction - the Four Pillars of Success

Schedule, Safety, Quality, Budget

Schedule

We understand that for most of our clients schedule is extremely important so operations and cash flow can start as soon as possible. When Griffin Construction commits to an aggressive preliminary baseline schedule we strive to beat it! Here is how we develop and control our schedule throughout construction:

  •  Preliminary Baseline Schedule –during preconstruction we will create a true CPM schedule and include with the bidding documents.
  •  Baseline Schedule Creation –Once subcontractors are procured we go one step further and “baseline” the schedule. This is done through work sessions with all major players to gain their input on durations, logic and manpower which is then plugged into the CPM schedule.
  •  Use of intermediate milestones –it is very important to hit major milestones throughout construction and track them. If you can’t hit the intermediate milestones how could you expect to finish?
  •  Monthly Updating and daily tracking –without updating the schedule monthly and tracking manpower daily, the schedule becomes useless. We will continue to use the baseline schedule as a tool for control throughout construction and give praise to those who adhere to it.

Safety

Griffin Construction has had zero recordable injuries, both with subcontractors and its own personnel (our current EMR is .75). We have also had zero civilian injuries on our projects. We self perform an extensive amount of work, so we are very proud of sending all of our workers home save every night. Some of the practices that Griffin Construction will use to ensure a safe project for everyone includes:

  • Full time supervision
  • Subcontractor Orientation
  • Weekly Toolbox talks
  • Phasing Communication for public
  • Temporary partitions/barriers as needed
  • Overhead protection for multi-story applications 
  • Safe access routes 
  • Rebar Caps 
  •  Personnel Protective Gear.

Quality 

At Griffin Construction we truly believe in doing things right the first time. We feel that this is a good business plan, especially for a self perform GC, since doing things right the first time around produces better yields. Secondly, it enables us to consistently meet our clients expectations. Having an excellent quality control plan also helps a project to stay on schedule. We have noticed that subcontractors would rather do business and be associated with a GC who consistently strives to do things right, as it helps their quality and bottom line as well. Quality control just makes sense. Here is how we do this consistently:

  •  Subcontractor quality control plans (job specific) 
  •  Quality time outs 
  •  1st install verification  
  • Paying attention to all submittals (no rubber stamping!) 5) Water intrusion prevention plan 6) Follow up verification (pre-punching)

Budget

As an owner you have a few ways to select a general contractor, hard bid being the most traditional and widely used by public and some private entities. We are very competitive with the hard bid approach as our finger is always on the pulse of the market and we self perform many work categories. 

As an alternative approach, Griffin Construction can offer a CM/GC with preconstruction services style of procurement. This style of procurement should have no change orders for the owner as long as the client doesn’t add more scope after the GMP is established. This is not an easy task, especially when still going after the low bid subcontractors. Here is how we do it:

  • Huge preconstruction efforts to bring enlightenment to any and all unforeseen conditions.
  • Working with subcontractors before bid time
  • Constructability Reviews 
  • Value Engineering/means and methods
  • Front end conditions/general requirements 
  • Allowances for items that cannot be bid at a reasonable price (there are different reasons for this like a fluctuating market condition) 
  • Contingency in place to handle unknowns
  • Be competitive on a much self perform work as possible! We gain control the more we have.