Mercer Partners

Consulting

Mercer brings the highest level of professional service to commercial construction projects. Since our inception in 2000, we have managed a variety of complex projects in seven states including multi-family, hotel, restaurant, retail, office and industrial.

There are three fundamental elements of a project: cost, schedule and budget. Some say you can only optimize success in any two of these three components. We try to achieve the best we can in all three of these elements, depending on the specifics of the project. We manage and coordinate all members of the design and construction teams, yielding substantial cost savings. Our cross-disciplinary experience allows us to catch problems architects and contractors unintentionally cause, and avoid the costly remediation of those problems in advance. For unavoidable problems that arise, we work with the team to find the best path forward.

We are focused on the cost and schedule objectives—and the vision—of your project. When individual professional objectives seem at odds, third-party involvement is usually the best means to achieve value engineering. Every construction and development scenario is different, and managing diverse levels of expectation from all members of the team is part of what we do. We are not one of the big guys, which allows us to be hands-on and address the individual needs of a particular project. We leverage our existing relationships with contractors, vendors and designers to optimize schedule and budget.

Our Development and Owners Representation Experience Includes:

  • Asset management
  • Acquisitions: Underwriting, site identification, due diligence
  • A/E selection
  • Environmental cleanup
  • Transactions: Brokerage, contracts
  • Financial pro forma analysis
  • Planning and zoning, permitting, and expediter selection
  • Project planning and design
  • Pre-construction phase
  • Construction phase
  • LEED certification and commissioning
  • Punch list, closeout, and turnover
  • Sales and marketing, offering plan

Our Construction Management Experience Includes:

  • Contractor selection and contract negotiation
  • Bid packages and scopes of work
  • Organize team to build faster and better
  • Trade payment breakdowns and monthly requisitions
  • Change order evaluation and approval
  • Closely monitor cost and schedule
  • Union vs. non-union contractors
  • Requests for information
  • Submittal approval process
  • Punch lists
  • Site safety

Depending on the needs and in-house capacity of the owner, our services include:

Project Planning and Design Phase:

  • Coordinate initial site evaluation activities
  • Design assist
  • Establish overall project schedule, including milestones for design, construction, marketing and finance, and continually monitor schedule
  • Provide financial analysis, including hard and soft cost models
  • Assist in design team selection, RFP, comparative bid analyses, and negotiate design professional contracts
  • Manage design process and project design meetings
  • Manage filing and permitting activities on behalf of the owner

Pre-Construction Phase:

  • Prepare RFP for construction manager and evaluate proposals and proposed costs
  • Negotiate construction management contract
  • Initiate and manage value engineering process
  • Finalize construction management budget, schedule and GMP
  • Coordinate all documentation required by lenders
  • Scrutinize milestones in construction schedules
  • Assist in subcontractor selection and procurement
  • Conduct scope reviews and bid recommendation letters
  • Set protocol for document distribution and submittal review

Construction Phase:

  • Conduct regular job meetings and provide progress reports
  • Facilitate communication of design and construction teams
  • Review and approve monthly payment applications from contractor, subcontractors and design professionals
  • Stay ahead of managing cost and schedule
  • Manage change order process and approval
  • Keep costs in line with project pro forma
  • Make frequent site visits and monitor schedule and quality control
  • Maintain records of all project documents
  • Manage disputes to avoid claims and delays

Punch List, Closeout and Turnover:

  • Assure final project closeout documents and warranties are received
  • Assist in commissioning of mechanical systems, start-up, testing, turnover and acceptance
  • Assure LEED certification, if applicable, is complete
  • Assure quality criteria has been met, along with issuance and completion of punch lists
  • Act as liason with end-user tenant or owners
  • Confirm final issuance of Certificate of Occupancy and final sign-off from all regulatory authorities

Property Management:

  • Source, pay and supervise all personnel for all services
  • Tenant relations
  • Supervision of maintenance, repair and replacement of common areas
  • Determining and setting common charges
  • Supervision of capital improvement projects
  • Insurance management
  • Security services
  • Maintenance and service agreements
  • Building management systems
  • Accounts Receivable/Payable services
  • Monthly financials
  • Monthly property operations reports