We have co-located with design and contractor partnerships during the design and construction phases on the following projects:
Kelly Butte Reservoir
We worked with Hoffman Construction and the Portland Water Bureau onsite from the beginning of the project (January 2013) through the completion of the project. Having our project management and field staff, plus Hoffman and the owner, onsite together allowed for timely decision-making related to potential project impacts and design changes.
Washington Park Reservoir
We worked with Hoffman, Aecom and Cornforth Consultants through design and budgeting of the Washington Park Reservoir Project. As a result of this collaboration, many potential problem areas were identified and mitigated prior to start of construction. This has allowed for true project budgeting from both time and cost standpoints.
Columbia River Power Constructor’s Port Westward Unit 2 Project
Similar principals were implemented on the design-build Columbia River Power Constructor’s Port Westward Unit 2 Project in Clatskanie, Oregon. In a joint venture between Harder Mechanical and Black & Veatch, our team members participated weekly on design build practices, costing and constructability reviews to provide Portland General Electric’s 220-megawatt natural gas-fired plant. The team identified methods in which subcontractors shared resources in order to complete specific task activities, allowing the project to be completed ahead of schedule and on budget under fixed price contracts.
Patient Parking Garage for the Portland VA Medical Center
Weitman Excavation and Dewitt Construction collaborated on a design build earth retention project, allowing a local General Contractor to construct the Patient Parking Garage for the Portland VA Medical Center on a vertical challenging OHSU campus site. Together the team constructed a unique foundation and earth retention system consisting of drilled piers, soil nail walls and hybrid tieback soldier pile walls. The largest risk was preparing the site for the structure to be built, which required two contractors to share resources, working in a confined space and with a tight budget. The strength of this was the relationships built to come together with resources and experience for a common goal. As Jim Weitman puts it, “we needed each other to make this project move forward”.
Early Project Involvement
Our team prefers to work as part of a larger team of contractor partnerships where we can provide not only our input on how to best build the project from the earthwork standpoint but also how to minimize cost impacts. Sometimes a client decides to spend more money on the work we do in order to reduce the scope of cost associated with others subcontractors. The result is a savings in project cost.
We look at the overall dollar package on projects, because it’s not all about us. It’s about the team with whom we are working side-by-side. Sometimes projects require us to sacrifice something in order for the betterment of the entire project.
When we are not the general contractor on a project, our team likes to get involved with general contractors early on in the project to help them establish their budgets with their clients.
We understand the importance of communication and coordination among multiple trades to get the job done. Doing our part to make the construction process go as smoothly as possible is a hallmark of our company.