Each construction project is different, and the project delivery system should be tailored to the individual needs of that project. Selection of a delivery method is typically based upon how your organization operates, internal resources available, level of involvement, and level of expertise/knowledge or capability, funding challenges, and overall schedule for delivery, and complexity of the project. Riley provides expertise in every aspect of the construction project delivery including:
Successful project management begins with the control of project scope, schedule, budget, resources and materials availability. The combination of several software systems allow for accurate project cost management supported by detailed backup. Riley works with several web-based project management software systems, and our staff manages the entire process from document management, meeting minutes, change orders and so on.
Riley uses an industry leading software scheduling system throughout the design and construction phases. The network diagram is developed by identifying all major project activities, defining the basic logic and precedence to establish the interrelationship of all project activities. The field experience of our engineers provides the scheduling information gathered from every separate contractor, subcontractor, and supplier, and realistically establish commitments for manpower and sequencing of the work to meet established schedules. Lean initiatives such as Last Planner and 3-week look ahead schedules are produced at the jobsite office allowing for efficient and timely input and evaluation of the contractor’s schedules.
The philosophy at Riley is to conduct the accounting procedures on all projects on a totally “open book” approach. This permits Owners, at any time, to review all costs and records associated with their project. Additionally, Riley provides a comprehensive Cost Status Report monthly, that illustrates for each specification section the actual costs experienced on the project to date as compared to the budgeted account. The report includes the amount of each contract awarded, approved and anticipated change orders, and all other anticipated costs for the project.
The purpose of Document Control is to ensure that everyone involved in the project uses the correct and most current document of plans and specifications, and has secure and easy access when needed. Document control, filing and storage is done through the use of specific software that allows sharing all documents at a specified location. For example, contract documents, drawings, submittals, inspections, RFI’s, correspondence, etc., are controlled through this process.
Risk management is the process where we identify the project risks, analyze them, and determine the actions to prevent dangerous situations on any project. Each step in the risk management process should be counted-in to manage all risk:
Collaborate with the project team including owners, contractors, architects, engineers and others to promote safety and risk management to meet project goals
Plan and implement safety policies and procedures in compliance with local, state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations
Select appropriate techniques and implement programs to minimize loss
Develop materials to warn of potential safety hazards and to prevent access to hazardous conditions
Inspect job sites and offices/trailers to detect potential accident and health hazards, establishing corrective measures and ensuring implementation
Provide assistance and guidance to project teams regarding liability, risk issues and contract administration
Plan and implement programs to train managers, employees and subcontractors on work site safety practices
Educate and train employees as to the risk management program and their respective responsibilities
Additionally, Riley Construction has implemented a sophisticated subcontractor prequalification process to protect ourselves and our clients from financially unstable subcontractors. Aside from working with subcontractors we know and have long-term relationships with, we have taken the extra step to introduce our own financial “stress test” to assure a company’s solvency. This includes a prequalification process that includes review of audited financial reports, and confirmation of its insurance and bonding capacity.
Riley has extensive experience drafting and implementing successful change management and change order procedure plans. Working with the Design Team, we develop and implement a formal change management process specifically for each project. This system is customized to the requirements of the Owner procedures and includes a thorough tracking system for field and change orders.
In close cooperation with the Owner, Design Team, and public inspectors, Riley provides management and coordination of the testing and commissioning of the mechanical, electrical and life safety systems as performed by the contractors on the project to ensure proper functioning and to secure a Certificate of Occupancy in accordance with the schedule.
Riley prepares written procedures for use in the commissioning process with the contractors. These written procedures outline specific project requirements in complete compliance with design documents for installation coordination, shop drawings, start-up, commissioning, testing procedures, owner training of all systems, and the occupancy preparation of life safety systems.
LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. Our LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and
principles and the LEED Rating System. They are responsible for preparing the waste management and tracking plan, construction indoor air quality plan, and all appropriate LEED submission materials. During construction, they participate in LEED focused meetings to ensure proper, effective communication which bring progress updates and discussions on potential innovations and opportunities for further LEED credits; a crucial activity to the value-added service we provide in the LEED certification process. Finally, they compile all materials required from all subcontractors and tailor it to LEED submission standards.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. All certified projects receive a LEED plaque, which is the nationally-recognized symbol demonstrating that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.
Lower operating costs and increased asset value
Reduce waste sent to landfills
Conserve energy and water
Healthier and safer for occupants
Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities
Demonstrate an owner’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility
In energy savings alone, the USGBC has demonstrated that a LEED certified building saves 25% over traditional building operations, LEED Silver earns 35% savings and LEED Gold and Platinum earn as much as 45% savings.
The integrated project delivery process allows builders to contribute their expertise in construction techniques early in the design process resulting in improved project quality and financial performance during the construction phase. There are several phases involved with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), but the promised result is project optimization, increased owner value, and reduction of waste in the project. These are achieved through the alliance of key team participants involved in the project to join their abilities, experience and visions, and contribute knowledge, decision making and expertise with information openly shared. The focus is on collectively achieve shared goals rather than meeting individual expectations.
During the Construction Phase Riley will provide:
Continuous cost feedback using information extracted from the model
Verify that cost is all-inclusive and accurate
Verify prefabrication decisions
Verify construction schedule
Coordinate alternative options for presentation to Owner
Coordinate and track team’s performance
Coordination of building systems, including MEPS
Ensure compliance with project requirements
Provide input for coordination and conflict resolution
Provide detail-level models for applicable scope of work, adjust models to coordinate with other systems
Riley Construction utilizes Lean construction practices for all of its projects. Establishing and maintaining supplier relationships, managing costs collaboratively by driving out all forms of unnecessary costs through the more effective utilization of labor and materials, developing continuous improvement though the use of in-house roundtables and developing people with expert and relevant coaching, training and support are key lean initiatives.
As a company standard, Riley projects are required to have a 3 week look ahead schedule. The team is forced to think about what should be completed each day. There is a much better understanding of causes for not completing activities and the effect on future activities for the next several days. All tradesmen bought into the collaboration and know what was expected. There are instant/daily results of production and they are able to change and adjust the plan for rest of week and future weeks.
It’s common to encounter incomplete or inaccurate as-built drawings for an existing building. 3D laser scanning can accurately document existing conditions of facilities, assist with developing accurate 3D models of the interior and exterior, minimize conflicts between new and existing components during planning, designing or upgrading additions and renovations.
Point cloud based as-built drawings and 3D models can improve design by analyzing clashes between newly designed elements and existing conditions or by evaluating alternative designs prior to construction. The accurateness of dimensions obtained from laser scans can also help improve planning by providing exact measurements for demolition and removal of components, as well as for prefabricated materials, minimizing waste and changes in the field.
3D laser scanning technology captures digitally dimensions and spatial relationship of objects using laser light. The scanner outputs a point cloud image, which accurately replicates the scanned objects. When an object is too large to be captured in a single scan, multiple scans from different lines of sight can be linked together to complete the point cloud image. Once the 3D point cloud is generated, the data is exported to CAD, modeling and BIM programs to generate 2D CAD drawings or a 3D model.
At Riley Construction we use Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a construction planning and management tool that utilizes computer software programs to create virtual 3D models of a project simulating the construction of a building. The BIM process benefits project planning and management by allowing critical data to be extracted from the model which can then be analyzed to help make project decisions, and coordinate construction sequencing. We also take our 3D models on site though our mobile technologies so that we can collaborate in real time with all project stakeholders.
Riley Construction actively solicits a diverse workforce, and are committed to involve minority, women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises participation on our construction projects. We prequalify all subcontractors based on their ability to perform and financial stability. All firms, including MWDBEs, that meet these criteria are then encouraged to participate in the bidding process, which is focused on providing the greatest value at least cost to the owner.
We have had great success in meeting or exceeding MWDBE participation requirements on many projects.
Riley self-performs masonry, concrete, carpentry, drywall, and demolition, which translates into better schedule, quality & production control by keeping this tradework in-house.
Riley Construction employs one of the largest trade workforce in the Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. By having all of these trades in-house, we can expedite the project schedule and deliver higher quality at a more competitive cost. Together, with a network of subcontractors that are highly competitive and quality conscious, we consistently obtain some of the best pricing on our projects.
Every construction firm talks about the importance of safety, but how many can back that up with proven results? Here are just some of Riley Construction’s safety statistics:
EMR consistently below national average of 1.0. Our 2016 rate was .52, and currently stands at .55
Zero OSHA citations since 2009
Full-time safety staff, led by a Safety & Risk Manager with nearly 30 years of industry experience
At Riley , we believe that every accident is preventable, and we embed that philosophy into every project through a combination of field procedures and ongoing safety training. We also expect our subcontractors and partners to adopt our commitment to safety. Riley’s goal is for all employees, subcontractors and clients to return home to their families safely every evening.
Riley has a formal Safety and Health Program in place to provide policy and guidelines that will help us eliminate serious accidents and injuries. The prevention of accidents and injuries is the first and primary consideration of the Program. We also encourage safe behavior in an employee’s personal life as well as at work. Human injury is of equal gravity regardless of where it occurs, and safe personal habits and attitudes should continue whether on or off the job.
Riley Construction firmly believes in the importance of total quality control and employs a full-time quality control manager to ensure that specific methods and procedures are followed to consistently meet our clients’ needs and maintain each projects’ specified quality level, as well as, our corporate quality standards. Our program utilizes the following key methods:
Early Detection Drawings and specifications are reviewed by our QC manager for errors, omissions, value enhancements, constructability, and beneficial modifications, then he informs his findings to the team. Specific focus is given to inspections, testing, and special submittal requirements. These items are thoroughly reviewed by the project team to identify quality issues, alternative value-added methods, etc.
Qualified Performers During the procurement phase, trade contractors and material suppliers are put through a rigorous screening process for their experience and reputation for providing quality product and installations.
Progress Inspections Timely and detailed quality inspections are performed to monitor expected standards. Our QC manager reviews the work on a regular basis, prepares written reports of his findings and recommendations for the team’s use to ensure that the appropriate level of quality work is provided. Our goal is total quality control.
Recognition for Quality Performance During regular construction meetings, contractors will be recognized for their quality performance on specific examples of construction installations. The regular construction meetings will also be utilized to define acceptable methods, reinforce quality standards, and continually keep the team focused on commitment to quality.
Continuous Training Monthly, project managers and superintendents meet to discuss productivity, quality management and safety issues. Each training session focuses on a specific element of the construction process. We provide on-going training for all supervisory staff.