Watchdog Building Partners
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MANAGED CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
EXPERIENCE THE WATCHDOG DIFFERENCE

Todd A. LaBarr
"Our clients rely on us to protect their personal investments or the investments of the tax paying community. We have been able to succeed at this by applying a personal dedication as if we were making the investment ourselves. Understanding the processes and minimizing the risk gives us the edge for protecting that investment."

- Todd A. LaBarr, President

 

The name Watchdog Building Partners means:

Proactive representation in a partnership of Owner, Designers, and Contractors focused on the needs of our clients for the success of their Project.

Our services range from handling day-to-day construction administration to developing and implementing the most efficient delivery system.
 
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Watchdog strives to provide outstanding Construction Management services and is devoted to the successful planning, delivery and completion of our client's vision.

A Construction Manager utilizes knowledge and experience from past projects to plan and execute an efficient construction process. It is the responsibility of the Construction Manager to coordinate the role and responsibility of each project team member.

One of the elements that defines Watchdog is that each and every member of our team takes ownership for their role and responsibility on the Project. Our approach guides the development and coordination of every phase of a Project, leading them through close-out and ensuring that expectations and objectives are continually achieved.

Typically construction management services adhere to the contract language found in the latest edition of the AIA Document C132-2009 - Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager. (NOTE: C132-2009 replaces B801 CMa-1992 which expired 2010) http://www.aia.org/contractdocs/AIAS076696

 

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ENHANCED CLERKING

Enhanced Clerking is the median level service between Construction Management and Clerk of the Works. With this service, either the Owner and/or Architect take an active role in managing the Project financials and services are tailored to the specific needs of the Project.

As the Enhanced Clerk, our primary role is to serve as the Owner's on-site representative and coordinate with the Architect, Engineer, and Contractors in all matters relating to the construction of the Project. Every opportunity to cultivate a "partnering" relationship between the Consultant and Contractor is taken bearing in mind there is a common goal, the success of the Project.

Utilizing Watchdog to fulfill your Enhanced clerking needs will:

  • Represent the Owner's interest
  • Lead coordination efforts between all project participants
  • Lead scheduling activities
  • Maintain compliance and duration requirements
  • Serve as Owner's on-site representative
  • Observe materials, quality of work and Project progress
  • Monitor construction schedule
  • Attend Project meetings
  • Maintain daily logs
  • Review Applications for Payment
  • Administer change order process, as required
  • Manage/Track maintenance of Project records
  • Assist Architect with Project closeout

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CLERK OF THE WORKS SERVICES
Throughout the construction period, an experienced Clerk of the Works is a critical component in observing contract compliance. As a Clerk of the Works, the primary role is to represent the interests of the client, actively communicating the clients wishes to the contractors, and ensuring the quality of both workmanship and materials are in accordance with the Project specifications. A Watchdog Clerk of the Works will:
  • Serve as Owner's on-site representative
  • Observe materials, quality of work and Project progress
  • Monitor construction schedule
  • Attend Project meetings
  • Maintain daily logs
  • Review Applications for Payment
  • Administer change order process, as required
  • Manage/Track maintenance of Project records
  • Assist Architect with Project closeout

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OWNER'S REPRESENTATIVE
An Owner Representative is appropriate when management duties are primarily shared between the Architect and General Contractor. Full construction management services are not required, however the Owner wants to work with an unbiased construction professional to fully understand the Project and make appropriate decisions based on clear concise information. Watchdog is that construction professional, providing:
  • Contractor selection
  • Development of Project schedules
  • Constructability Reviews
  • Centralized communication among all project team members
  • Protection of Owner's interests during all phases of the Project
  • Assistance with bidding and award recommendations
  • Daily construction monitoring and record keeping
  • Assistance with punch lists and Project closeout
As an Owner's Representative, Watchdog will provide you, the Owner, assurance that your project is being constructed as intended.

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CONSTRUCTABILITY REVIEW
Watchdog takes pride in its Proactive management approach. A critical part of this process includes Constructability Reviews. Whether it be on a project we're serving as a Construction Manager, or as a third party consultant to an Architect or Engineer, the review process is key to identifying potential problem areas, and to the ultimate success of the Project.

Applying our knowledge and comprehension of buildings and their integrated systems in a proactive manner allows for a structured approach to anticipating problems and reducing risk to all Project participants.

Our process involves reviewing Contract Documents prior to release for bid. This review will identify:
  • Missing details
  • Potential problems that could cause time delay to the schedule
  • Potential liability issues
  • Physical limitations of the work site
  • Physical limitation of the construction equipment
  • Seasonal influence on the proposed schedule
  • Coordination of documents among various disciplines

If potential problem areas are not properly addressed, these issues could result in change orders, claims and costly time extensions. Upon identification of possible issues, written recommendations are made to the Architect / Engineer team. An integration of Value Engineering and Constructability Review techniques are continuous throughout the Project duration.

We are strong believers that thorough, intense Constructability Reviews performed early in the Project will directly result in fewer change orders, minimal schedule interruptions, and an overall smoother construction process. Our goal is to eliminate as many errors, omissions and ambiguities by applying our experience and knowledge prior to award of contracts. This approach has been proven time and time again and will be continued with every Project we are involved in. The ultimate value is to you, the Owner.

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COST ESTIMATING
Accurate and thorough estimates are crucial to keeping Project costs within budget.

Milestone estimates are typically completed during the Design Development phase and again during the Construction Document phase, targeting areas of potential cost overruns. Watchdog consistently tests against the defined budget throughout the design process.

In addition to years of historical data from previous Projects, Watchdog utilizes various Cost Estimating resources, as well as Sage Timberline software to produce accurate, complete estimates with current pricing. This database allows us to compare new estimates with other similar jobs to spot potential cost over runs before they happen.

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CONSTRUCTION EXPERTS
The team at Watchdog Building Partners possess years of experience in the construction industry as contractors, administrators and managers. This experience makes us prime candidates for supporting legal counsel and surety clientele through various phases of legal actions. Our comprehension of many construction processes allows us the necessary insight to evaluate construction claims, understand their origin, and provide documentation to support our findings.

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