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PFCS Building Rehabilitation Process


Investigative Expertise + Contracting Discipline = Savings

Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc. (PFCS) is unique. It's rare that a single firm has both deep technical expertise in building performance analysis AND professional construction estimating, contracting and management discipline. This combination of expertise in both inspection & testing and construction management was created by our being named as expert witnesses thousands of times over the last 20 years. And this building claims & litigation work profoundly informed our understanding of building performance and building economics.

So after spending a lifetime developing professional contracting, construction management, and estimating discipline, we then were blessed with 20 years as expert witnesses paid to investigate construction defects and create the most cost effective solutions. We got paid to refine a science-based investigation framework, and we proved time and again that it worked to figure out what needed to be fixed, what did not, and how to do it. Now we combine (1.) the investigation framework and (2.) the professional contracting discipline for building owners, managers, and receiverships to save money and get the closest thing to a guarantee of quality possible. Our Building Rehabilitation Process help clients make intelligent, fact-based decisions about building design, construction, maintenance, repair, and improvement, while considering the entire service-life and lifetime-costs of the property.

These services generally cost 5-15% of construction cost and they ALWAYS save more than they cost. Sometimes as much as 90% (Really… We have case studies to prove it.). 

How this saves

  • Only do necessary work

  • Competition

  • Accountability (The Golden Rule)

  • Change Management

  • Good construction specifications, executed competently, last longer

  • High quality construction lasts longer

  • Dramatic reduction of risks

  • Leverages the time value of money

  • Less drama

Phase 1. Evaluate Property

1A. Before Inspection

  • First 10 Things

  • Plans

    • Site Plan (From public records if possible, transferred to 11x17)

    • Roof Plan (Buy it online and transfer to 11x17)

    • Floor Plans (Footprint from having purchased the roof plan, transferred to 11x17)

  • Room Schedule (Printed 11x17)

  • Window & Door Schedule (Printed 11x17)

  • Budget Form (v. 1) (Printed 11x17)

1B. During Inspection

  • Photos & Notes

  • Interviews

  • Update Plans, Schedules & Budget

1C. After Inspection

  • Property Condition Assessment (PCA) / Property Condition Report (PCR)

  • Update all above from inspection documentation

  • Site Plan

  • Roof Plan

  • Floor Plans

  • Room Schedule

  • Window & Door Schedule

  • Budget Form (v. 2)

Phase 2. Define, Budget & Specify

2A. Scope - Budget - Schedule

  • Scope of Work

  • Budget (v. 3)

  • Progress Schedule (v. 1) Form

2B. Making Smart Decisions

  • Project Status Memo

  • Project Status Meeting

2C. Specifications Update, including

  • Plans

  • Schedules

Phase 3. Pre-Construction

3A. Package RFP

  • Invitation to Bid (memo)

  • Plans

  • Schedules

  • Scope & Specifications

  • Schedule of Values / Bid Form

  • Progress Schedule

  • Payment Application Form

  • Contract (form)

  • Quality Control Hold-Points

  • Subcontract Agreement Form and Requirements

3B. Tendering

  • Identify All Possible Qualified Bidders

  • Receive and Analyze Bids

  • Recommendations Memo

  • Budget (v. 4) Update

3C. Preparing for Takeoff

  • Project Status Memo

  • Project Status Meeting

3D. Contracting, including

  • Plans

  • Schedules

  • Scope & Specifications

  • Schedule of Values

  • Progress Schedule

  • Payment Application Forms

  • Compose and execute prime contract between Owner (or Receiver) and Contractor

  • Quality Control Hold-Points

  • Subcontract Agreement Form and Requirements

Phase 4. Construction & Project Close

4A. Project Kickoff

  • Coordinate Work

  • Project Meetings

  • Project Correspondence

4B. Verify Quality. Compare work to: 

  • Plans

  • Schedules

  • Scope of Work & Specifications

  • Industry & Trade Standards

4C. Construction Management

  • Change Management:

    • RFI and RFI Log

    • COs and CO Log

  • Payment Processing

    • Schedule of Values

    • Progress Schedule

    • Payment Application

  • Project Status Memos

4D. Project Close

  • Budget (v. 5) vs. Actual

  • Project Close Memo