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Each design project has seven phases, outlined in each contract; programming, conceptual design, design development, construction document packages, construction administration and post-occupancy documentation.
The amount of time spent in each phase depends on the size and complexity of the project.
This is when we buy your stuff! We specify, quote and purchase commercial grade furniture and appliances directly from local and international manufacturers. We arrange shipping, receiving, unpacking, assembly and installation with our suppliers and trade colleagues. We’ve maintained successful purchasing relationships for the last 30 years and continue to nurture them. We connect with our suppliers and manufacturers every week to ensure you have access to the most appropriate, cost effective and technologically advanced options on the market.
While the design and procurement phases are typically well understood by clients, the construction phase can be more complex, and thus intimidating. In continued service to our clients, following our accreditation as Registered Interior Designers, we have also undergone education, licensing, and insurance as General Contractors and Construction Management professionals. This means that we can continue to serve clients after design and procurement, through construction and occupancy. To provide clarity and reassurance, we want to outline for you the various ways the construction phase can roll out, after design is substantially complete. There are three basic styles of interior construction and renovation agreements between the client and the contractor:
1. DESIGN+BUILD: GENERAL CONTRACTOR
Western acts as the General Contractor.
We provide the client with a single value of the total upset cost based on the approved design, agreed upon scope and budget parameters.
2. DESIGN+BUILD: COST PLUS
Western acts as the General Contractor, in partnership with the client.
We take the approved design package and gets multiple bids from suppliers and sub-trades.
The client is privy to all costs. The client cost is based on the selected bid from the suppliers and subcontractor(s) PLUS a transparent margin.
3. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Western acts as the Construction Manager, contracted as an advisor to the client.
After completion of the design phase, the client contracts Western to act as their advisor, going out to tender inviting large scale General Contractors to provide a full package for the construction work to be done.
The client contracts Western Design+Build in a management capacity to write and issue the RFP (Request for Proposal), assess the bid documents and engage as the client’s advocate throughout the construction process.