We are a firm believer in partnering and the motivating force partnering can have on a project. Developing trust with a team where each member looks for ways to help the other, promotes the best kind of collaboration and each member benefits.

The construction staffing consists of an experienced team integrated into their projects during design and prior to construction commencing. We believe this up front staffing, more than pays for itself with the planning, coordination and thorough understanding of the projects before a single spade of dirt is turned. Subcontractor submittals, shop drawings, RFI’s and coordination questions are prioritized and are scheduled utilizing lean construction techniques and reverse planning scenarios. We require the subcontrac­tors to think out further than they are used to, get their buy in and hold them accountable for sequence, sched­ule, production and quality and memorialize these commitments with the subcontractor ownership, all before the start of construction.

We have weekly project foreman’s meetings and specialty subcontractor coordination meetings (as needed) and include the subcontractors PM’s to confirm the commitment of resources to the proj­ect. Realistic schedules are provided at a 6 week look ahead level coordinated by area, item and duration and all tying back to the master project schedule. Harper strongly encourages a relationship based team approach to commitments and believes that face time is the best way to get intended results. Our Superintendents and PM’s are highly skilled in the art of getting the most of a team member and genuinely consider their success. This is achieved by prudent planning, interaction, experience and respect.

Cost Control

Budget accountability is the responsibility of the Project Managers. They manage the budget & work with the owners staff to review and control costs on a monthly basis or at shorter intervals as required. Our in house accounting department provides all cost reporting for our Project Managers and owner at all monthly reviews, make payments to subcontractors, as well as formalize request for payment to the University.

Quality of the Project

Quality control represents a mindset that is the responsibility of all members of the team. It is each individual’s duty to fully understand their area of responsibility and to be accountable for achieving the highest level of quality from the initial design to the final installation. We use a six-step construction quality control 

QA-QC 2 Procurement Phase Bid packages Verify scope Check references Make subcontractor recommendations Estimators Estimators 1) Buy-Out Subcontractors commitment on: Adherence to QC process Submittal dates Check reference Verify scope Check Risk Assessment Database Endure testing requirements Update Quality Process Log (QPL) Estimators Project Manager Project Superintendent Estimators Principal Contract Issuance Document commitment Review rough draft subcontracts Estimators Project Manager Principal 2) Pre-Mobilization Meeting made during buy-in meeting Obtain submittals Explain process to subcontrac- tor Project Managers Explain requirements to be Phase Communicate QC Process Outline requirements for Preparatory Meeting Update QPL Shop visits Submittal review to develop agenda for Preparatory Meeting, Inspection Checklist QC Engineer Project Engineer Superintendents Designer Project Manager Project Engineer Superintendents 3) Preparatory Meeting Ensure subcontractor Foreman understands contract documents, RFI’s & Quality Expectations Establish scope & schedules for initial inspection Coordination with other trades Testing requirements Lead & documents inspection checklist Update QPL Designer Superintendents Superintendents Foremen 4) Initial Inspection In-Place Mockup Check materials for conformance Check installation for conformance with plans & specs Establish standard for craftsmanship Train the crew & installer Train the Field Engineers on inspection procedures Lead & documents inspection checklist Update QPL Designer Field Engineer Superintendents Superintendents Foremen Crew Leads QC Engineer 5) Follow Up Inspection Check materials for conformance Check installation for conformance with plans & specs Establish standard for craftsmanship Train the crew & installer Train the Field Engineers on inspection procedure Lead & documents inspection Ensure required testing is performed Update QPL Field Engineer Foremen Crew Leads QC Engineer 6) Final Inspection In-house punch list Final Inspection Lead & documents inspection inspection Update QPL CQC Inspector Field Engineer Superintendents Foremen Crew Leads QC Engineer Review & finalize inspection Office Engineer Office Engineer Office Engineer Review & finalize inspection Verify work is ready for final Pre-final inspection satisfied prior to Preparatory 6-Step Quality Process Flow Chart Quality Assurance/Quality Control Activities by Process Step QC Activities Team Involvement SubcontractorInvolvement

Project Safety

Dedicated certified safety officers, competent in the aspects of construction for which they will oversee are assigned to every project. Harper Safety personnel conduct job site orientations, activity hazard analysis reviews, safety audits, OSHA compliance, training and safety management. Every worker on the site is processed through the safety officer inspection team. These officers have the authority to stop any work at any time, write citations and remove personnel from the project as applicable for safety infractions.

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