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Pre-Construction Services

CD Barnes’ pre-construction services team is led by Mr. Mike Balke. With over thirty years in the construction industry, Mr. Balke is knowledgeable in the discernment and delivery of client needs. As the leader of our pre-construction services team, his job is to plan, coordinate, and manage the project from conception to the start of construction in a way that not only meets the needs of the project owner, but does so functionally and financially.

CD Barnes Construction’s main objective during the pre-construction phase is risk mitigation for the project. Our goal is to eliminate any unpleasant surprises that could otherwise come to light during the construction process. Like the old adage states, “measure twice, cut once—the more thorough we are in planning, the smoother the construction process will be.

By using a detailed pre-construction services plan, CD Barnes Construction is able to provide better documents, fewer cost changes, a better understanding of construction schedule and sequencing, and fewer “headaches” for all involved.

A systematic pre-construction services plan entails:

Review of Drawings and Project Specifications: The pre-construction process will begin with Mike reviewing the drawings and specifications; this will be an opportunity for him to assist the team with design decisions and evaluate the drawings for constructability and feasibility.

Master Schedule Development: Mike will guide the team in creating a realistic timeline with critical path deadlines and identification of long lead time items to ensure the project’s on-time delivery. Part of his job will be to determine the availability of staff, materials, supplies, and other resources needed to complete the project.

Estimating and Value Analysis: A detailed estimate of the project will be developed. Mike will review the documents for value engineering opportunities and assist the owner in making informed decisions regarding building materials, upfront costs, and life-cycle costs.

Pre-Qualification of Subcontractors: Drawing on over thirty years of personal experience, Mike will determine the best list of subcontractors to solicit for the project. Selection will be based on relevant experience, ability to staff the project and maintain schedules, financial strength, and safety record.