Project Management

Among the myriad of Project Management services we at The Mermaid Group offer clients are:

Pre Construction Services:

Some of the most crucial work on any construction project happens long before you break ground. The Mermaid Group’s Pre-Construction Services include planning, estimating and scheduling during the conceptual and design development phase to ensure your project is completed on time and on budget.

The Mermaid Group provides cost analysis and value engineering services by assessing economical and efficient design and construction methods, systems and materials when necessary.  We also provide scheduling services by developing a realistic, economical schedule for the shortest construction time possible. Budgets and schedules are updated to coincide with the design development and approval process; incorporating the owner’s requirements at all times.

Providing knowledgeable construction input early in the design phase enables the Owner to make informed decisions. The right decisions at the right time bolster the bottom line at the end of the project.

Pre-Construction Services consists of 6 major elements:

  1. Budgeting
  2. Planning and Scheduling
  3. Value Engineering
  4. Tendering
  5. Design Coordination
  6. As-Built Surveys

Elements include:


Compile data from:

  1. Quantity Takeoffs
  2. Assumed Designs
  3. Trade Input
  4. Reflect Current Market Conditions

Consists of:

  1. Trade Contracts
  2. General Requirements
  3. Management Fee
  4. Cash Allowances
  5. Owner Costs


  1. Overall planning to meet client objections
  2. Computerized Scheduling
  3. Sequential tender packages
  4. Milestone dates for preorder/tender/award/start


  1. Examine design alternatives and relative costs/benefits
  2. Draws upon The Mermaid Group and our outstanding group of sub contractors and trades expertise in the marketplace and construction
  3. Owner receives maximum value for Pre-Construction Services performed

TENDERING (when necessary or requested)

  1. Approved list of bidders
  2. Tender invitation/form/scope of work clarifications
  3. Receipt/review/award – all subject to review and award by Owner/Architect


  1. Constant review of working drawings/specifications conformity to budget
  2. Interplay with team
  3. Eliminates errors, omissions, risk, questions in tender packages for lower tender dollar amounts


  1. Applies to renovation type project
  2. Confirms/establishes existing building elements and conditions
  3. Help eliminate revisions by incorporating existing conditions into the design

Design Build:

Design Build Service allows the owner to provide a program outlining a conceptual scope of work with our Design Build team submitting an all-inclusive price for the complete design and construction of the facility.

Design Build service minimizes the project risk for the owner and reduces the project schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase. The Mermaid Group works with design professionals directly for its customers.

The Project Team delivers the product at a fixed price to the owner’s specification. The Design Build defined parameters include scope of work, materials, products and schedule.

Contract Types:

Construction Contracts

a. Lump Sum. A lump sum contract is the most basic form of agreement. After the design is complete, the contractor agrees to provide specified services for a specific price after the design is complete. This traditionally takes the longest delivery method. In developing a lump sum bid, the contractor and it’s subcontractors will estimate the costs of labor and materials including overhead, profit, and any risk it may foresee and add to it to their price.

b. Guaranteed Maximum Price. Prior to the design being complete, a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) contract is often used whereas the contractor estimates the cost. In this arrangement, contingencies are established and carried as part of the cost. In the event that actual costs are vary from the estimates, the contractor bears the risk or reward. The GMP can be converted to a Lump Sum at a mutually agreed upon point in time during construction if requested.

c. Cost Plus. In a cost plus contract the contractor’s profit is set at a fixed amount. If actual costs are lower than the estimate, the owner keeps the savings. If actual costs are higher than the estimate, the owner must pay the additional amount.

Construction Delivery Methods

Construction delivery refers to the relationships between the owner, the contractor, and the designer. There are four primary methods used which include:

a. Design-Bid-Build. The traditional method of building is to have the work designed by a team of architects and engineers and then solicit bids from construction firms. The winning firm becomes the Contractor, responsible for overall completion of the project using a combination of the contractors own forces and its sub-contractors. The design and construction phases of the project are clear and distinct. A complete set of design documents is finished before the contractor becomes involved.

b. Construction Management. The Construction Manager works with the design team (who is contracted directly by the owner) to help ensure that the design is something that can in fact be built for a budget and on schedule. Qualified Subcontractors can be engaged to participate in the design process to ensure the most cost effective method is designed. This can result in a reduction of the total design effort similar to what occurs in Design-Build.

c. Design-Build. In this process the owner selects one contractor to both design and build the project. Design-Build is primarily intended to have a single point of contact for the owner and to save time. Because the designers and contractors work together from the beginning, the design effort can be substantially reduced. It is not necessary to prepare drawings in great detail if the contractor already understands what needs to be done. Time is saved by using a sequentially tendered strategy where the contractor begins working on each phase of the construction as soon as the design for that phase is complete.

d. Project Management/Design Build. This is similar to the Design Build scenario, however the Contractor on behalf of the owner is engaged to mange the entire project. This would include direct liaison with the major stakeholders to ensure the program and scope is properly defined and understood and translating that information to the design and construction team to meet the budget and schedule.

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