Our Process

At J. Davis we’re a team of experienced builders, project managers, designers and beyond. We have expertise in several project delivery methods, from Design/Bid/Build and Design/Build to Construction Management at Risk. Also available with all of our delivery methods, and especially with our Design/Build method, are our site planning services. At J. Davis we can help scout location, plan a site, or design new plans to expand an existing building. Whatever your project entails, we have the delivery method that will ensure success.


Project Delivery Methods
design/build

design-build-infographic-thumbHere at J. Davis we pride ourselves on our effectiveness, competitive pricing, and our ability to streamline the timeframe of your project.

In simplest terms, the Design/Build method is a form of project delivery in which one entity – the DesignBuild (J. Davis) team – works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. One entity, one contract, one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion. Design/Build is an alternative to the traditional Design/Bid/Build project delivery method. Under the latter approach, design and construction services are split into separate entities, separate contracts, separate work. Across the country and around the world, Design/Build successfully delivers both horizontal and vertical construction projects with superior results – no matter what the project type.

Advantages

  • Owner has a single contract for design and construction
  • GMP is established early and owner risk is controlled
  • Except for Owner changes, no change orders
  • Project schedule can be accelerated/ “fast-tracked” if necessary
  • Owner involvement in the process is limited
  • Construction budget control
  • Owner is not issue resolution agent
  • Opportunity for cost sharing

Disadvantages

  • Design is complete at GMP
  • Owner must trust the Design and Build team
  • Quality control is responsibility of D/B team

design/bid/build

Characterized by the Architect being hired by the Owner. The Owner and Architect then develop a program and complete documents. The Architect is fully responsible for estimates, constructability and design. After the project documents are complete and designed, they are put out for bid.

 

Advantages

  • Allows more firms to bid
  • Most Traditional Method
  • Fixed Price Contract
  • Architect works for Owner

Disadvantages

  • No “fast-tracking” process available
  • Low bidder may not understand project goals, objectives and criteria
  • Owner has no control or input on subcontractors
  • Process puts Owner as issue resolution agent if architectural documents and construction conflict
  • High potential for change orders and conflict
  •  No cost savings sharing

construction management

A Construction Management At Risk project is driven by an owner contracting directly with an Architecture firm and with the Construction Management firm, prior to the design being completed. A competitive bid for subcontractors is then put in place.

Advantages

  • Projects can be delivered at accelerated/ “fast-tracked” schedule
  • Owner selects construction management team members
  • Early CM involvement helps control budget and schedule
  • Owner has ability to be involved with Sub Contractor Selection

Disadvantages

  • Final price not established until bids are received
  • Owner must manage multiple contracts
  • High level of Owner involvement

Safety Protocol

J Davis Construction is committed to providing a safe work environment for our employees, clients, and general public in the execution of all projects.  We have a comprehensive safety program which has been audited and approved through a rigorous process by Avetta (formerly PICS), of which we have been a member since 2011.

J Davis Construction office and field performance executed 250,000 self-perform work hours in 2013-2015. During that time, the company experienced a significant decrease in the EMR rating from a high of 1.16 to a 0.79, representing a thirty-two percent improvement.

J Davis Construction has also maintained a 0.00 Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), Lost Workday Case Rate (LWCR), and Days Away Restricted or Transfer rate (DART). Successfully managing health and safety issues to the lowest possible risk levels is an essential component of strategy and is integral to the way J Davis Construction does business. At J Davis, we continue to strive to be one of the safest contractors in the industry, and we thoroughly evaluate any cases that occur to immediately identify areas for improvement.

J Davis Construction has built a culture of safety in which all employees, ranging from upper management to crew members, are involved in safety decisions and improvements, and are consistently empowered to make decisions that will improve our safety practices.


Total Quality Management

J. Davis Construction has developed a Total Quality Management Plan that focuses on three goals for each project: zero defects, complete client satisfaction, and continuous improvement. Each project also utilizes four phases for every TQM plan including, define, control, analyze, and improve.

For each project a customized TQM plan is established (define) based upon the needs of the project and any special conditions. These needs always include an analysis of the design documents with an emphasis on water intrusion and coordination of materials and building components. These documents may also include long term durability, specific aesthetic requirements, schedule constraints, construction around ongoing operations, and other additional factors.

Once the needs are defined, the TQM plan develops a process (control) by which the project will be monitored to ensure all goals of the project are met every time. This phase includes pre-placement meetings for critical work, internal inspections, third party inspections, and expert consultants as needed.

Throughout the construction process the TQM plan is reviewed (analyze) for its effectiveness. The TQM plan is consistently reviewed through the project and any changes made are necessary and immediately instituted (improve).

J. Davis Construction’s Total Quality Management Plan also extends to a continuous investment in its employee’s development and improvement.  J. Davis Construction has implemented an apprenticeship program through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) in which every employee participates. With a standardized curriculum for each craft area, some requiring more than 250 individual hours of training and education, J Davis Construction can provide highly educated and skilled craft workers and managers for any project.