One of the primary benefits of the Preconstruction Phase is to create a comprehensive understanding of the design requirements for all members of the Team, including design intent as well as technical requirements. A clear understanding of the project creates clarity, eliminates inefficiencies during the construction process, and positions the Team for success. Throughout the process we are mindful of alternative solutions, the sustainability of the design, and the life cycle costs for the project.
Engineering and Design Assist
AWS’ services include working with the design team to find the best system solutions for the building envelope. Interacting early during project development allows our team to provide system options and pricing alternatives that meet the performance and price objectives of the project.
Understanding the design intent and the budget parameters allows our team of engineers to work through the interface of the various products that have a dramatic impact on issues such as thermal capacity, moisture management and life cycle performance.
With a team of system designers on staff, we provide BIM based solutions, systems detailing and interface engineering. Having these resources in-house allows us to provide solutions quickly so your team can move forward with a full understanding of available options.
As the project progresses through the design phase, AWS is able to develop estimates for both materials, manufacturing and installation. Our estimating department sources products from around the globe that meet performance objectives, LEED requirements, and cost parameters.
AWS’ awareness and accuracy in the cost analysis process comes from years of manufacturing custom systems as well as installing them. We have a clear understanding of the costs and lead times associated with material transport, material production, project layout and erection, as well as all aspects of project management.
In order for your project to be a success, the primary objectives must be defined and broken down into detailed components. Each component must be analyzed for cost and schedule. AWS contributes to your efforts in the design phase by clearly outlining the options available for each objective.
New technology in engineering and manufacturing is allowing custom systems to become standard. AWS has tested several systems at independent laboratories. This process provides vital information about the tolerances of the system as well as the interface of various products. It is where we erect, dissect, and test the system in order to build it correctly. Similar to automobile testing, we don’t leave the lab until the system meets or exceeds the safety and performance requirements. For more information about which tests we have done, feel free to contact us.