At the beginning of your project, every decision you make has a great impact on the final results. Mistakes made in pre-construction can result in delays, cost over-runs, construction defects and other claims. At Rimkus Building Consultants, we work together with the project team during the design and pre-construction phase of a project to identify potential construction risks and eliminate costly impacts.

Our consultants work side-by-side with the designers, owners, developers and contractors at the conceptual design phase to evaluate the interrelationship of the building systems and components. Through our objective third party analysis of the project design, we minimize risks and help achieve the highest level of quality assurance.

Our professionals address issues that can affect performance and compatibility with the design by evaluating:

  • Building envelopes
  • Vapor barriers
  • Insulation systems
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems

Using dynamic hygrothermal computer modeling, we can test various wall assembly-concepts and offer recommendations for enhancing sustainable performance over time. Our experts can also evaluate waterproofing systems, grading and drainage systems, and geotechnical conditions at the site to assure adequate surface and groundwater drainage and control.

Complete Evaluations and Recommendations

As the project progresses into detailed design, we evaluate the actual execution of the established concepts. We review the overall quality of the systems and their compliance with codes and standards as well as design documents for constructability, thoroughness and completeness. Our team can offer recommendations for alternative materials to meet the design criteria and provide cost-savings and assist in weighing the cost impacts of design options relative to performance risks. Our approach can assist the construction team in selecting the most cost effective structural systems based on maintainability and life cycle costs.

Quality Control Procedures

To ensure that final construction is completed in accordance with project requirements, we assist our clients in the development of quality control procedures. We can also provide bid support to make certain that selected contractors and subcontractors are providing bids in accordance with the project requirements. We evaluate bid estimates for consistency with the scope and the contractors and subcontractors to confirm they have the necessary experience to complete the project.

Vibration Condition Assessments

To mitigate future vibration damage claims, and to determine the effects of the proposed construction on existing surrounding structures, we provide pre-construction vibration condition assessments. We also can deliver alternative means and methods for minimizing the risks of construction induced ground vibrations and property damages.

Our pre-construction services include:

  • Due diligence support
  • Land acquisition support
  • Design program analysis
  • Third party design review
  • Scheduling
  • Cost estimates
  • Life cycle cost analysis
  • Value engineering and cost reduction analysis
  • Constructability reviews
  • Code reviews
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Pre-construction condition assessments of existing structures

Better insights, better performance and better outcomes for the built environment

Optimize the quality, value and performance of your projects and your facilities with Rimkus Building Consultants.

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