Our approach brings together a team of professionals who are experts in their fields of endeavor. Wehr Constructors is committed to listening, planning, and keeping our client’s goals foremost, so that cost-effective and innovative methods are developed to meet the project objectives. Wehr’s pre-construction team, comprised of project executives, project managers, superintendents, and estimators, is the same team assigned to the construction phases, providing accountability and continuity to our clients. Wehr’s success with this approach is one of the many reasons we regularly rank as a leader among construction companies.
Wehr Constructors’ team produces a comprehensive construction schedule to maximize the control of the project during pre-construction, including design team deliverables and tasks of the client. An officer of our company works directly with the project manager and superintendent on scheduling, phasing and managing subcontractors on each project. This results in a realistic total project schedule, not just a construction schedule. Review and updating of the schedule is performed weekly, or more frequently as needed, and the schedule status is analyzed during each project meeting. These schedules are a roadmap for all project participants and guide us to a successfully completed project. Wehr’s managment team approach is one reason owners repeatedly come back to us for additional projects.
Value Engineering is a process to ensure that our clients realize the most value for each dollar spent. At Wehr Constructors, value engineering is engaged as a continuing, participatory process to provide our clients and the design team with detailed information allowing the best decision to be made for each project.
Budgeting and Estimating
Wehr Constructors is acutely aware that the construction estimate is a key element of our client’s total budget. Wehr compares our in-house estimates to national estimating databases such as RS Means and D4C. This comparison ensures the estimate’s accuracy. Knowing that the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work can represent as much as 55% of the total construction cost, Wehr has a team that prepares a detailed estimate for this work to verify the accuracy of subcontractors’ bids and scope allocation. Most of our client/Construction Manager agreements are Guaranteed Maximum Price. On each of these assignments, 100% of the savings are returned to the client.
Tax Exempt Purchase Management
Many of our clients are not-for-profit, tax exempt entities. Our staff works with our clients’ accounting staff to ensure compliance with all regulatory procedures and controls, and eliminates sales tax on major construction material and equipment purchases, thus saving monies entitled to not-for-profit organizations. This alleviates the tax exempt purchase management burden from our client’s accounting staff. Wehr Constructors’ procedures have been adopted as a model by the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.
Project Quality Control begins with the project team clearly understanding the expectations for each of the various elements that define the goals for the project. Wehr Constructors understands that our clients have a great deal at stake in their projects and want to work with a construction firm that has both personal and corporate commitment to excel in all areas of construction services. Wehr supports our clients with far more than just construction services. Our firm understands the exacting detail, accountability, and follow-through required of all projects. Our philosophy toward quality is evidenced by a variety of practices and procedures, including the company personnel assigned to each project. The following is an overview of how our corporate philosophy translates itself into action on our clients’ projects:
- Total Quality Management (TQM)
- In-House Quality Control Inspections
- Construction Sequence Control
- Final Inspections and System Check
The project team conducts pre-installation meetings, reviews mock-ups and submittals, implements quality control meetings, reviews work in place for conformance, and ensures that any non-conforming items are corrected. This team also works with testing firms, inspection agencies and authorities having jurisdiction. In addition, Wehr develops a custom training and maintenance program for our client’s facility management team. This ensures that the client has a new or renovated facility, and also has an intimate knowledge of the building components.
The successful completion of a construction project is highly dependent on continuity during the closeout process. This success is not simply whether we have done our job, but also whether we have met and surpassed our clients’ goals. Therefore, we maintain all of our key team members on-site until the building is properly occupied.
At Wehr, we are committed to sustainability and believe it will ensure a higher quality facility, lower operating cost, and provide a best-in-class environment for our clients. Recently, a Wehr client was rated as one of the greenest schools in the nation, receiving an Energy Star rating of 99 out of a possible 100. Wehr has significant experience with geothermal solutions as a method of energy use reduction. We explore a variety of ways to minimize the environmental impact including reuse of building material and incorporation of local and regional material. Wehr is an advocate, as well as an advisor, on renewable energy sources and waste management solutions. In addition we provide an air quality protocol during and post-construction.
Building Information Modeling
Building Information Modeling (BIM) serves as a communication platform for the client, design, and construction team. The use of BIM allows all parties involved to visually communicate design options and cost information, as well as schedule. An intelligent model of the facility is produced which eliminates rework due to interferences, promotes lean construction practices, mitigates risk, and saves time and money for all stakeholders. At the end of each project, the intelligent construction model is delivered to the client for use in future projects or for integration with the his/her facility management system.
Environment of Care/Infection Control
As a leader in healthcare construction, our core mission as a construction manger is to provide all of our construction projects with an environment of care equal to that of the patient care environment. All members of the Wehr team are well-versed, trained and experienced in Indoor Air Quality Control, Interim Life Safety, and Infection Control measures. The Environment of Care program is implemented and reviewed daily by site supervisors, field engineers, and project managers. This program integrates infection control techniques of each facility; with our proven measures of airborne contaminate control and best practice methods of infection control.