We define Owner’s Representation services as the ability to collaborate with and coordinate the work of many individual project team members, all the while evaluating each step in the process and every decision made solely with the best interests of the Owner in mind.  This approach is critical, whether the project is a large ground-up new development, renovation of an existing building, or individual tenant build-out.

Norton & Schmidt will provide any or all of the services listed below tailored to exactly fit an Owner’s needs for a given project. We provide comprehensive services that will bring the most value to your project.

Master Project Scheduling:  work with the Owner to develop an overall project road map which includes time for land acquisition, zoning, entitlements, financing, leasing, design and construction, incorporating the contractor’s detailed construction schedule into the master project schedule;

Site Selection & Evaluation:  assess existing/proposed road and utility infrastructure, potential to achieve a balanced site in terms of earth moving requirements, access & visibility issues, identify unusual building foundation requirements;

Evaluate Project Delivery Methods:

o Traditional design, bid and build;

o Fast track options including multiple bid packages;

o Design / Build applicability;

o Early GMP – pricing based on partially complete documents.

Design / Construction Team Selection & Contract Negotiation: evaluate designer and contractor proposals, assist in negotiating clear, effective contract terms;

Value Engineering:   to allow the design to adapt before team members are too “invested” in an item/system to be able to make changes efficiently and cost effectively;

Coordinate With Applicable Governmental Jurisdictions: expedite zoning, permitting and inspection processes;

Construction Progress Reporting: not just reporting what already happened, but anticipating the impact of events, decisions and changes on the overall schedule;

Change Management: minimizing impact of design and construction changes on the overall project proforma, evaluation of A/E and contractor requested change orders;

Project Closeout: Assist w/ final City inspections, closing out of contracts, warranty negotiations;

Tenant Coordination: evaluate and manage impact of tenant lease inducements and subsequent build-outs on overall project schedule and cost, coordinate efforts of individual tenant and shell building contractors;

For more information, contact R. Grant Russell, P.E., MSCE