Successful projects are achieved through blending quality design and engineering solutions with strict cost, quality and schedule control.

Our people have been trained to participate as members of a team of professionals with open lines of communication between the architect, structural engineer, mechanical and electrical engineers, and other design consultants.

We offer complete prime contracting services including the following areas of expertise:

Construction Services
Pre-Construction Services
Seismic Upgrades
Renovation – Retrofit
Leed Certification
Entitlement and Permit Support
Design-Build Delivery
Development Management

The project director is responsible for overall coordination of the programming, design, contract negotiations and administration efforts. An early pre-development/pre-construction schedule of all team deliverables including design documents and permitting is compiled, reviewed and distributed to the entire team. Team meetings are held including ownership to define scope against budgets and to confirm design and materials. WEST provides estimating expertise to the design team through its own knowledge and readily available staff support and selective early bidding. Decisions made during the design process should reflect joint design, cost and constructability considerations, thereby becoming the "team's solution".

From early in the design, WEST’s project director, project managers and project engineers in consultation with the owner, principal architect, and all consultants, work to produce the most cost and time effective construction solutions. This yields a project of maximum efficiency and quality within ownership’s budget and schedule goals.

Life cycle cost analysis is employed and includes the cost implications of operations, maintenance and replacement of all systems and materials. Intense scrutiny is placed upon coordination of the drawings for completeness and constructability from the very outset of the design process. This insures that critical conceptual design decisions, which in large measure dictate cost and time, are rationally made and conform with ownership’s functional needs, budget and schedule goals.

Design-Build

Design-build is the backbone of WEST Builders' corporate culture. Our long belief in design-build project delivery and dedication to this process motivates us to maintain a highly proactive and solutions driven organization with strong management who are backed by the company's own assets.. Design-build at WEST is viewed as more than the assumption of risk It is our conduit for innovation and progress.

For our design-build projects, our clients contract directly with WEST Builders as a single entity to provide both design and construction services.  Design/build services provide our clients with a number of advantages including planning, design, engineering and construction responsibilities that are integrated under a single source, thereby streamlining the overall construction process and insuring that all parties’ goals and interests are aligned.  In most instances cost overruns, change orders and delays are completely eliminated using design/build project delivery.  At WEST Builders, we stongly believe that this approach to project delivery can best ensure our shared goal of providing an on-time completion and a quality project at a guaranteed and competitive price.


Design-Build Benefits

• Single Source Contracts: From design through warranty, WEST’s design-build approach avoids controversy by making its profit incentive parallel with the owner and the design-build team.

• Early Pricing Commitments: WEST can guarantee cost and schedule based upon as little as design development drawings accompanied by a thorough written outline specification. Customers are protected from costly redesign.

• Early Coordination: Construction documents are better coordinated with improved constructability, code compliance and cost effectiveness.

• Quality: single source responsibility motivates high quality design, construction and system performance since the design-builder warrants its solutions. Poor quality cannot be put off on others and costly revisions are squarely placed upon the design-builder.

• Cost Savings: Vertically integrated design and construction across multiple disciplines explores and achieves the most efficient solutions, systems selections and price before the execution of working drawings by those who will build and guarantee results.

• Time Savings: Design-build allows confident fast-tracking because West Builders assumes hard cost risk for gaps in scope of its design. Construction can begin in advance of completed drawings without client risk. Interim financing cost is reduced through earlier occupancy and project cash flows.

• No Change Orders: Once scope, schedule and price are accepted, WEST warrants its solution, built to code and free of WEST generated change order requests to the customer. Clients are responsible only for cost impacts stemming from customer induced scope changes or schedule delays caused by work outside of our control. 

 

Design-Assist

WEST Builders design-build culture spills over into our design-assist project deliveries as well, providing similar benefits for clients. While contractually the customer contracts for design and construction independently, our design-assist project teams use their design-build experience to proactively reduce gaps in scope and assist in coordination of our work with that of others. This approach has benefited our clients immensely on time-sensitive projects using a traditional delivery system. On design-assist projects, WEST’s role often involves completing progress concept designs as working or shop drawings in order to help projects meet their “fast-tracked” schedules.


Design-Assist Benefits:

• Systems Selection: WEST customers receive early options on materials and systems with subcontractor input and their associated first costs and operating costs as well as their performance and schedule impacts.

• Early Coordination: Construction documents are better coordinated with improved constructability, code compliance and cost effectiveness due to systems being right-Sized and the facilitation of maximum fabrication and field production.

• Cost Savings: Systems and equipment are analyzed and priced prior to commitment to their use in the project ensuring stronger purchasing power for equipment selections.

• Time Savings: Improved coordination and project knowledge through early WEST involvement allows construction efforts and mobilization to comfortably begin sooner with less risk of complications to cost and schedule.

• Quality: Early team involvement motivates high quality design, construction and system performance. The benefits of WEST’s design-build commitments to system performance and decades of “at-risk lessons learned” assure that proper quality is designed in early.

 

During the construction phase, the project director serves as WEST’s primary contact for overall management functions; from commencement through warranty. This gives customers direct access to the person responsible for all issues relative to the project and provides communication continuity.

The project director is responsible for design coordination with the design team and for seeing that all issues are being resolved in a timely manner to facilitate the construction process. He is also responsible for subcontract buy-out and subcontract administration.

The project manager is responsible for executing the work in the field. He supervises the on-site engineering staff to assure that information is being provided to the work force for proper execution of the work. The project manager is responsible for the project schedule and for seeing that work is performed in accordance with that schedule; utilizing the prescribed processes and the proper tools and equipment. He also chairs weekly subcontractor coordination meetings at the jobsite office. These meetings are attended by all subcontractors presently working on the Site or scheduled to begin work on the Site in the near future. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss and coordinate the current three (3) week schedule and any items that relate to execution of the work.

The project engineer is responsible for coordinating subcontractor work as it relates to shop drawings, submittals and execution of the work. The project engineer assists the project manager in scheduling the work and maintains the project's critical path schedule.

Project engineers are also responsible for administering the Quality Control Program for the project. Major areas of responsibility during the construction phase are shop drawing review, verification of materials and methods being used in the field and verification that the project is being executed in accordance with the plans and specifications. They meet with subcontractors prior to commencement of critical items of work to insure that the needs and requirements of the work items are understood and they provide instruction and information when required.

Accounting support is provided in our main office in Point Richmond, California. All payroll accounts payable and accounts receivable are processed in Point Richmond utilizing Timberline accounting software. All subcontractor payments are sent directly from the main office accounting department. This central control of accounting assures that all subcontractor payments are processed in accordance with the terms and requirements of the subcontract agreement.