As a member of the project team, The Baldwin Group helps create and monitor the schedule for each project phase – from design through the grand opening. By providing objective third party input and schedule overview, TBG is able to see both the forest and the trees. TBG helps the team focus on the important schedule objectives.
A design schedule with the “buy-in” of all team members results in a project that is “ready to build” in the time frame that meets the owner’s financing and marketing requirements; government requirements; the contractor’s buyout deadlines; and the project’s grand opening date. The Design Schedule typically includes not only the Design Team’s commitments, but also commitments for contractor review and pricing; owner decisions; and dates for required government approvals.
Better known as the Overall Project Schedule, or by its nickname “the OPS,” the construction schedule is developed in a team format utilizing input from the general contractor and key subcontractors to establish the project’s construction logic and the order of construction activities. The OPS fully integrates remaining key materials buyouts and delivery data. If the project specifications require resource and/or cost loading, that data is collected during the initial input stages. TBG uses Primavera products to create the OPS.
Bi-Weekly Update Meetings
TBG believes that the OPS is dynamic and requires constant updating and evaluation to be an effective project management and tracking tool. Although design schedules are sometimes updated monthly, construction schedules need to be updated at least bi-weekly. TBG provides the team with near term schedules in a user-friendly graphic format.
TBG conducts the bi-weekly schedule update meetings on site. At each bi-weekly meeting, the team reviews near term schedule objectives versus present progress and if necessary, revises the near term objectives to align with the project’s requirements.
After each meeting, TBG publishes a report in PDF format to all team members. The bi-weekly schedule reports provide team members with TBG’s “up-to-the-minute” assessment of the project’s status versus the OPS, the updated near term schedule, a summary of team action items and a project status narrative.
Move-In, Start Up and FF&E Coordination
TBG can integrate the owner’s opening day requirements into the OPS. This includes items such as FF&E approval and purchasing; equipment start-up and commissioning; and moving into and occupying a new facility.
Delay Claims and Litigation Support
TBG provides its clients with a full array of delay claims analysis and litigation support services.