Cost-Management-InitiativesRiley maintains a detailed cost history of every project we build so we are able to draw from that historical data to develop estimates for a full functioning facility even though design is in the very early stages. This proves valuable in identifying aberrations, validating the estimate against cost models, as well as identifying any special qualities of the project that demand special consideration.

Constructability Analysis

This process engages key Riley Construction preconstruction phase personnel and takes advantage of their substantial construction knowledge.  From their experience and knowledge of the construction market and previous experience they work with the design team in analyzing the various building systems and components from several perspectives, including: labor and material availability, procurement and installation time requirements, installation means and methods, and system and material selections.  Our goal is to provide the design team with the information needed for the selection and coordination of materials and systems in the context of the entire procurement and construction process.

Value Engineering

Value engineering services identifies hidden costs, reduces schedule, increases value, and improves teamwork to achieve the customer’s budget.  It’s an organized process to analyze and find better ways to approach the project and identify essential functions, design opportunities, and alternate procedures to meet the project’s budget and schedule.  Riley Construction works closely with our clients, project managers and designers; we evaluate design, construction materials, and operational systems to determine if there are more cost-effective options that will achieve the same result.


In cooperation with the design team, Riley Construction will prepare a “design phase schedule” at the inception of our involvement in the project (typically at the same time that the initial budget estimate is prepared).  The schedule will identify all the significant activities of each member of the project team contributing to the overall design effort and will involve the relationship and interdependencies of each activity.  Consistent with design time requirements, the schedule will be structured to provide the earliest practical start date for construction and to identify the individual bid packages required for bidding and construction.  The design phase schedule is an invaluable tool for the control of the project from the early phases to the completion of the design phase, and for the integration of early construction phases with the ongoing design activities.


Riley manages the process of all project requirements for permits and approvals, and incorporates these into the project schedule.  It is critical that all permitting requirements are identified as early as possible to allow sufficient lead-time for regulatory approvals and acquisition of all permits, without adversely impacting the schedule of the project.

Site Analysis

Riley produces detailed site utilization and project logistics plans for all projects.  These plans, developed by our construction planning team, are used to illustrate project sequencing, phasing, MEP systems distribution, staging of materials, hoisting and materials handling, site access and other site use restrictions.  Considerations such as traffic flow, safety, occupied/active surroundings, noise, dust and maintaining public spaces are included in Riley’s site analysis.


During the design development phase, Riley recommends the segregation of work into various bid packages and conducts a pre-bid conference to arrange for solicitation of bids.  Standard practice to ensure that we secure on behalf of the client as many competitive bids as possible from qualified sources.  As a major builder in the Northern Illinois/Southeastern Wisconsin area, Riley has long term established relationships with qualified trade contractors and material suppliers.  Riley projects always receive significant attention and interest from prospective bidders and attract substantial bidding interest.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling is much more than creating a building model.  This technology detects unpredicted errors and possible conflicts before they occur, delivers detailed system evaluations and constructability reviews, and a more comprehensive cost analysis, as well as other benefits.  It’s a tool of great value in the construction industry for field and schedule coordination, and installation sequences.  As an estimating tool, Riley takes the A/E REVIT drawings to create the model, then exports this  information into material and labor schedules for most accurate pricing.  This allows Riley estimating software to make quantity take offs, and helps owners visualize the project.


  • Accurate budgets and schedule
  • Avoids estimating errors and improves understanding
  • Detects design flaws
  • Owner can visualize spaces better and refine their functional requirements at an early design phase
  • Dimensional discrepancy issues on drawings are detected early-saves time and money on field layout
  • Clash detection enabled
  • No additional cost to owner

Through this computerized system of developing estimates, accuracy, speed and flexibility benefit the team to achieve better designs with greatest value and reduction of time and cost.

3D Laser Scanning – Point Cloud

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.

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

Collaboratively apply the right expertise at the right time for the right application and the right project. That’s the core of Riley Construction’s philosophy on integrated project delivery (IPD).  Bringing in the owner team, design team, construction team, authorities having jurisdiction, and other specialty consultants early on, and throughout the project, is key to firming up project goals and establishing project delivery team expectations.

  • Establish an interactive and collaborative Project Delivery Team (PDT)
  • Develop a process that capitalizes on early contributions and key expertise
  • Establish project goals and team expectations
  • Focus on planning
  • Implement a system for continuous quality management to control quality and maintain lean design and construction principles
  • Execute design-assist modeling (BIM process) from the start — identify issues early in the design process to do a timely, truly coordinated and more accurate set of bid documents.

LEED Consultation and Evaluation

As a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and constructor of several major LEED-certified projects, Riley takes the time to think outside of the box when it comes to green and sustainable construction.

As active participants on the environmentally-friendly construction front, our project management staff are all required to earn LEED Accredited Professional status through the USGBC and incorporate sustainability initiatives in each of the projects – LEED-bound or not. Our staff are actively engaged in the green building world, including one of our team members earning the prestigious appointment to the University of Wisconsin System Sustainability Degree Advisory Board.

With Riley Construction as your partner, we can help you find ways to earn LEED credits without extra costs. We are also experienced with identifying ways to offset certain expenses to gain savings in other areas and align opportunities from the design to the built environment to help you achieve your LEED certification and/or green building goals.