A strong pre-construction effort will lead to a project’s overall success. When creating a pre-construction plan, Hunter Roberts’ strategy is to identify options; assist the Owner with making informed, educated decisions; develop an efficient project management system to address everyday challenges; and achieve schedule, quality and cost goals – all while minimizing Owner risk.  Successful pre-construction, like most other phases, is accomplished when there is frank, open communication between all parties involved in the project. This begins with the Owner, designers, engineers, and the construction manager/general contractor, but also includes the Owner’s staff and other building occupants, project subcontractors and consultants, oversight agencies, community boards, and the general public.

During the early stages of a project the plan for field implementation can be generated, tested, and confirmed, all before the shovel is put into the ground. Our most successful projects are those assembled in this manner. At a minimum, this will require the discussion of, and planning for, design and constructability review, existing conditions surveys (when applicable), building material recommendations and selection, project site logistics plans, permitting, coordination with local utilities and public transportation (when applicable), confirmation of plans to meet MWLBE staffing and LEED Certification goals, the review and hiring of subcontractors, and identification and solicitation of early bid and pre-purchasing opportunities.

Hunter Roberts successfully delivered the Hudson Greene project – a $390 million, 900-unit, condominium and rental residential development for K. Hovnanian and Equity Residential – in the summer of 2010.  While finishing the twin 50-story towers on schedule and returning over $8 million back to the Owners from the GMP, the Hudson Greene project was viewed as a great success on all levels.  Hunter Roberts spent over 20 months in pre-construction in early 2007 during the rise of the construction markets. Our pre-construction team was able to successfully budget and procure the over 50 trades utilizing our local buying power, subcontractor relationships from both New York City and New Jersey. Our expertise managing subcontractors on both sides of the river played a pivotal role in achieving cost certainty and buying the project aggressively during the GMP.

Our three-part GMP allowed for both Owners to assess and monitor their individual towers from a cost and schedule perspective.  Each tower, although uniform from an exterior prospective, contained different finish selections for the condominiums and the rental tower.  Two real-time examples of our proven pre-construction track record are showcased below:  concrete superstructure and exterior wall.

The concrete superstructure contract, costing nearly $100 million, was bid in early 2007.  Following a comprehensive subcontracting pre-qualification and underwriting process, concrete subcontractors from both New Jersey and New York were invited to bid.  The preeminent concrete firms in New Jersey were saturated with work resulting in above-market pricing, potentially jeopardizing the project.  Knowing the budget constraints, Hunter Roberts was tasked to substantially drive and correct the concrete market, while achieving quality, safety, and schedule milestones.  Utilizing our New York subcontracting relationships, we awarded an $85 million subcontract not more than a few months later, successfully keeping the project on track.

The exterior wall design was another challenge.  With the building design entirely covered in glass to take advantage of the breathtaking views of Manhattan, drastically altering the wall materials was not an option.  Our extensive evaluation of window wall and curtain wall manufacturers and installers led to the SOTA Wall Hybrid System.  Never done before in New Jersey in terms of overall square foot of contact area, roughly 366,000 SFCA, Hunter Roberts was again tasked with driving and correcting the exterior wall market, while demanding quality, safety, and schedule goals.  Adding to that challenge, the SOTA Wall Hybrid System is paired with a sole source installer in New Jersey, creating a unique challenge during our buy-out strategy.