CAPABILITIES

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Bismark’s Construction Management services have been developed over many years based on our experience with a wide variety of projects. We are prepared to provide these services, as the Owner’s agent, in two phases: Pre-Construction and Construction. Immediately upon selection as your Construction Manager, Bismark Construction will undertake an in-depth review of all existing schematic designs and advise the Owner and Architect of potential high-cost areas, constructability issues, alternate materials and methods to maintain schedule deadlines, and potential problems relating to availability of labor and/or materials needed in the proposed design. In addition and concurrent with the design review, an itemized unit cost budget will be prepared for discussion, review and approval by the Architect and Owner. This itemized budget will be cross-checked with a parameter estimate prepared by Bismark based on recently constructed buildings of a similar type. As the development of design documents progresses, Bismark will commence with the creation of a detailed estimate. Our project baseline estimate will become a tool to create the team’s schedule that will build the project from Pre-Construction through Construction to Owner occupancy.

Construction Management Services:

  • Information systems and reports
  • Estimating, trend forecasting and cost control
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Procurement, expediting and inspection
  • Construction
  • Contract/administration
  • Liaison with client, user groups, public agencies and community-at-large
  • Start-up and commissioning

GENERAL CONTRACTING

As a construction firm, we are ready to offer our clients a full range of construction services. As builders, we are a true General Contractor first and foremost. Our staff has acquired their years of field experience from actually building, and not from merely watching.

Contracting Services:

  • Scope review/procedure
  • Safety/verify EMR rating
  • Quality control
  • Submittal review
  • Cost control
  • Job meetings
  • Progress payments
  • Project closeout
  • Commissioning
  • LEED certification
  • Minority goals

CONTRACTOR TRADE DIVISION

As a result of years of performing work with our own forces, Bismark Construction provides the following trade division services:

  • Site work, demolition, asbestos abatement
  • Concrete work
  • Masonry work
  • Carpentry/general trades

This important part of our knowledge is always brought to our clients, and even if it becomes unnoticed, it is still expected. We understand from hands-on experience how buildings go together. Our clients rely on us to build their buildings, but we are always building solutions for our future projects, and for tomorrow.

LEED CERTIFIED BUILDING

The concept of green building involves making conscious decisions to sustain a healthy living and working environment throughout a building’s lifecycle. Resource-efficient, environmentally responsible practices to support green building are applied in the following categories:

  • Site planning
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Water management
  • Material use
  • Energy management

The U.S. Green Building Council was established in 1993 to promote sustainability in the building and construction industry. In their mission to “transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life,” the USGBC has pioneered Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as part of its green building initiative. As a proud member of the USGBC, we wholeheartedly support the council’s goals. We share their vision that “buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.” Bismark Construction has built several properties according to LEED standards. We are currently working to meet LEED certification on our ongoing projects, and have applied reviews on other completed projects. Our experienced staff implements LEED and consultants as part of our Construction team. We bring that knowledge to every project, and like our peers in the USGBC, we strive to build better buildings.

DESIGN BUILD

Our Design Build approach is clear: under this venue we are our client’s lead to take control and ownership of the project. Our experienced design team oversees the project from start to finish, and the client’s design costs are reduced thanks to the selected mechanical and electrical contractors providing insight with design. This process is intended to improve the effectiveness of the final construction documents. With our construction expertise we are able to interpret the design intent early to avoid constructability issues later on. Our design review is a starting point as a transition to our building process.

Key Highlights

  • Design a building to a budget
  • Construction team leads project design
  • Detailed project scope review to meet Owner’s program
  • Detailed review of construction plans and specifications
  • Execution plan development and review
  • Detailed schedule to meet Owner’s need
  • Development of identified alternatives to control cost

Constructability reviews are then performed as a cross-check of construction documents for accuracy, completeness and systems design coordination issues. During the constructability review, the focus is on improving the following:

  • Consistency, clarity and completeness of construction documents
  • Consistency, applicability, enforceability and comprehensiveness of general conditions
  • Applicability of construction installation technology or materials
  • Consistency between plans and site conditions
  • Identification of project-specific issues

For additional divisions, we prepare detailed quantity surveys with applicable unit prices to forecast costs, including the following areas:

  • Metals
  • Thermal and moisture protection
  • Doors and windows
  • Finishes
  • Specialties
  • Equipment
  • Furnishings
  • Special construction
  • Conveying systems
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical

SYSTEMS/SOFTWARE

Bismark Construction offers state-of-the-art construction modeling software capabilities with all of our building methods. Our Prolog Converge software integrates with AutoCAD 3D/5D modeling software, establishing a project baseline by providing a detailed constructability review. The opportunity to expand the constructability with integrated information also optimizes all construction and coordination levels. We currently utilize the Building Information Modeling (BIM) system with our Design Build projects. This approach enables us to visualize the project in a 3D model to provide a constructability review of the building components prior to construction, limiting the loss of information between the Design and Construction teams and the Owner’s acceptance of the building. The BIM system reduces the project cost as we move through design into the construction phase, saving valuable funds and maintaining client schedules. Once final design, materials and schedules are agreed upon, we use the construction documents to prepare a final budget that, after agreement by the Owner and Architect, becomes the governing dollar parameters under which the project is constructed. Our staff will continue to monitor the final design, materials, suggested methods of construction, construction sequence and schedules to resolve any potential problem areas prior to commencement of construction.

HEALTHCARE CONSTRUCTION

Every healthcare project is unique and Bismark Construction’s services are as varied as our clients’ needs. Our extensive and well-tested processes in healthcare construction stem from the successful completion of many different types of hospital construction projects over the last 20 years. Unlike other construction companies that merely manage the process, our specialized hospital builders bring real solutions to the table, collaborating with hospital staff, design partners and industry specialists to make your project happen. Our specialties include:

  • Physicians’ office suites
  • Catheterization labs
  • Medical suites
  • MRI suites
  • Wound centers
  • Therapeutic pools
  • Special needs projects
  • Single-floor renovations
  • Complex seismic upgrades
  • Infection control protocols
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