During Planning Stages - The best assurance of quality and financial feasibility for a project comes from the owner's assigning a responsible group of designers and contractors to work on a team basis from the earliest preliminary design stages.
The team consists of the owner's representatives, architects, engineers, the general contractor, mechanical and electrical subcontractors. Everyone works on a cooperative basis with the owner's best interest in mind. The design expertise of the architects and engineers is supplemented by the cost and technical expertise of the contractors.
With Wattie Wolfe Company working before plans and specifications are finalized, the owner is free to consider all alternatives based upon factual information rather than guesswork. Design questions can be worked out before they become problems
Final plans and specifications are prepared only once without the prospect of time consuming and costly redesign. The owner receives a guaranteed construction cost within his overall budget.
Wattie Wolfe Company is an active proponent of the negotiated contract concept. Utilizing the wealth of capabilities available to you under this system can mean returning many of those budget dollars back into your own pocket. Certainly, the negotiated "design/construct, cost control, team effort: is the most feasible and flexible approach for an owner or developer to adopt. This is especially true in today's highly fluctuating construction market if one is to assure the quality and financial success of the project.
The idea of negotiating is basically simple and extremely logical. The architect, design engineer, general contractor, electrical and mechanical contractors all work together as a cohesive unit. The team effort prevails from the earliest conceptual stage of the project to the final touch-up. You as an architect, general contractor or owner, receive the best efforts of each team member working in your interest- and you maintain absolute control over the team's progress.
This concept eliminates both the problem of totally unrelated open bidder contractors working separately with very little communication; and the ever present possibility of suppliers furnishing varying prices to different contractors. So you simply gain the best of cooperative effort and financial planning.
Wattie Wolfe Company is qualified and well equipped to make a significant contribution to this kind of negotiated design/construct team operation