Spire’s consultants assisted Texas A&M University with its preproject planning process by providing cost analysis and estimating services, and schedule risk assessments for the $128 Million Health Science Center in Bryan, Texas. The facility is 391,000 square feet and includes two main buildings, a central plant and associated paved access drives, circulation lanes, and parking areas. Texas A&M University experienced issues during design of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. While working on this project, Spire was required to leverage its knowledge of both industry and institutional processes and procedures. The architect’s and preconstruction contractor’s initial estimates had both come in over budget and varied significantly. These issues could have resulted in the owner not being able to obtain some or all of its funding for the project.

Spire was brought in to analyze the varying estimates, identify and explain the variances, and provide an independent assessment of the probable costs for the project. In addition, Spire performed value engineering, schedule impact, and design alternate analysis to further identify opportunities for cost savings. To accomplish these objectives, Spire relied on its proactive communication methods to bring all the necessary information and participants together to resolve the issues. Spire worked with the client to identify the most appropriate standards to apply; and then, modified those standards to meet the client’s requirements. Standards were selected based on input from multiple team members; and then, Spire executed its work to those standards while documenting modifications.

Spire’s project controls experts bring a comprehensive suite of skills and extensive field experience to the job site. We help project teams and management determine how far a project has progressed at any given time regarding schedule, cost, productivity, and risk and compare against contractual expectations, scope, performance criteria, and milestones. Controls can be applied to all phases of a project, from preconstruction to closeout.

Here are just some of the services our construction project controls consultants can bring to your next project:

Project controls are essential to keep complex construction projects on budget and on time. They help teams and stakeholders identify emerging risks early, before they become expensive, time-consuming problems. With advance warning, these issues can be mitigated or avoided altogether. Project controls also give leadership the data they need to set realistic expectations, manage subcontractors, and plan with confidence.

During the course of a project, program and project managers use controls to monitor time and cost expenditures and compare them to project lifecycle forecasts. They also rely on them to coordinate onsite execution with the milestones established during the design, procurement, entitlement, and pre-construction stages.