Haselden is continually looking for ways to improve our processes and bring more value to our clients. In 2017, we blogged about a new team member, Frank Bartholomew, who came on board as our Quality Control Manager to help review projects for constructability. Frank’s work with the projects has proved extraordinarily successful and now we’re adding a new facet to our constructability/quality control measures: enter Bill Renz.
What About Bill?
Bill brings a unique perspective to constructability reviews, having a background in both architecture and construction. He received his undergrad degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Murray State University, and his Master’s in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His career path includes extensive periods in both the fields of construction and design, rendering him well-versed in both.
Originally earning his degree in construction, Bill began work as a project engineer and estimator after leaving Murray State. He worked on such projects as the Toyota plant addition near Cincinnati, working his way up to chief estimator. After nearly nine years in construction, he decided to return to school to earn his master’s in architecture.
Working in the field of architecture, he took part in projects such as McCormick Place in Chicago and One Steamboat Place in Steamboat Springs. It was while working for RNL Design (now Stantec) that Bill first collaborated with Haselden. He was the on-site representative for the architect and worked closely with our team. That experience made an impression on both Bill and Haselden.
Bill stayed in touch with our operations manager over the years after he left RNL, and in early 2019, he joined the Haselden Construction team.
Ideally, I’d like to be involved during the programming phase to be able to listen and learn, hear the owner’s needs, help with any estimating and scheduling, and answer any construction questions that may arise.
Upping Our Game on Constructability Reviews
Not to be confused with peer review, code review, or clash detection, a constructability review revolves around imparting construction knowledge and ensuring the building can be constructed as drawn. Our ultimate goal is to solve as many issues or questions as early as possible before the physical construction of the building begins. The review team is engaged in the project from the beginning of the design process through the end of construction, there to help with any questions that may arise along the way.
This dual approach to looking at projects and drawings provides distinct benefits to our review process. Bill is able to view drawings from multiple disciplines with the eye of a designer as well as a contractor. One example would be checking for discrepancies between architecture drawings and engineering drawings. By looking at the drawings from multiple occupational perspectives, Bill brings an entirely new viewpoint to the process.
Project & Client Benefits
Bill’s and Frank’s skill sets are taking our constructability reviews to the next level, but what advantage does this provide to our projects and clients? There are several clear benefits! Here are just a few of the things a good constructability review may do:
- Reduce change orders, schedule delays, and cost overruns
- Mitigate the potential for disputes
- Prevent errors and omissions
- Enhance on-site safety
- Detect impossible/impractical requirements
- Mitigate risk
- Find opportunities for prefabrication
- Assist with collaborative planning
- Create transparency
A constructability review brings the entire team together, from architects to engineers to general contractors and subcontractors. By harnessing the knowledge of the individuals on the team that possess it, the project can achieve its most successful outcome.