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At Aurora Contractors, Inc., we are aware that property owners, developers and tenants have critical decisions to make regarding their construction projects, and that these decisions fall outside of the typical “bricks and mortar” choices. Aurora takes pride in assisting our clients in areas that many other construction managers and general contractors neglect.
Aurora’s stellar reputation as a General Contractor is a direct result of our approach during negotiations with the Owner and our submissions throughout the firm bid process. Aurora’s estimating department and project management team spend a significant amount of time and effort in the development of the scope of work for the project, utilizing all available construction documents. Providing the Owner with detailed information allows them to thoroughly compare competing bids and specifically identify each cost component of the project, thereby minimizing the effects of any unforeseen costs, scheduling items or construction methods.
Construction Management is a service intended to create a team environment from the commencement of the project through completion. Through the various delivery methods available, the Construction Manager is able to apply effective management techniques throughout the planning, design and construction phases of the project.
Ultimately, these techniques will control the time, cost and quality of the project. For example, the Construction Manager will offer advice on such critical items as:
- Budgeting of available funds;
- Development of the scope of work;
- Analysis of contract documents-including plans, specifications and contracts;
- Value engineering recommendations; and
- Project scheduling
The two most common delivery methods utilized for Construction Management projects are Agency and At Risk. In an Agency relationship, the Construction Manager is responsible exclusively to the Owner and acts in the Owner’s interest throughout every stage of the project. When the project is an At Risk project, the Construction Manager must deliver the project within a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). An At Risk project is equivalent to a General Contractor during the construction phase of a project.
Design / Build Services
Design/Build services are becoming more popular today, as this service allows the Owner to deal with a single entity that is responsible for all of the elements of the project. Aurora has partnered with architects, engineers of all disciplines, product manufacturers and specialty contractors, creating a dynamic team environment that provides the Owner with creative construction solutions.
Aside from the benefit of a single entity taking full responsibility of each aspect of the construction process, some additional benefits of Design/Build include:
- Conflict resolution is no longer the Owner's responsibility;
- Efficiency in communication;
- Time savings, due to the potential overlap of services;
- Faster, more efficient project progression
- More precise budgeting and cost estimation; and
- Better focused project vision, as all parties involved are brought together at the same time.
In addition to our core services, we also offer:
Estimating and Purchasing »
Aurora’s Estimating and Purchasing Department performs all of our Lump Sum bidding; Subcontract, Materials and Equipment Purchasing; and is an integral part of Aurora’s Construction Management, Pre-Construction and Value Engineering services.Read More »
Further information on each of the services provided by Aurora’s Estimating and Purchasing Department can be found below:
Preconstruction Phase of Construction Management Services
A project’s success is determined during the planning stage. Years of experience have demonstrated that preplanning is the key to cost and time savings, as well as to the solution of complex construction issues.
Several of the key aspects of the Preconstruction Phase are:
- Project organization meetings with all team members, including the Owner, architects and engineers, setting goals and confirming roles and responsibilities of all involved;
- Participating in design review meetings;
- Developing a logical and objective phasing plan and milestone dates for both design and construction;
- Early mobilization for site preparation and development of infrastructure;
- Anticipating and coordinating document review and approval with proper local government agencies. Assisting the Owner in expediting the permitting processes;
- Working with the Owner to understand their needs and how the final project result will meet those needs; developing a realistic schedule for turning over areas of the project prior to 100% completion to expedite the use of the new facility;
- Acting as a proactive member of the design team and serving as the Owner’s advocate in monitoring scope, program adherence, budget, and schedules;
- Anticipating problems and difficulties and seeking solutions that work in the Owner’s favor; and
- Working closely with the design consultants, providing input and design insight necessary to perform value engineering studies and recommendations.
The value engineering process examines and quantifies the areas where significant contributions can be made to reduce cost, speed construction and enhance a project’s value. Aurora does not view value engineering as a process to eliminate scope, but rather as an opportunity to develop innovative approaches to achieve the design intent. Value engineering is successful because of the abilities, experience and expertise our technical services support staff brings to the process throughout the Preconstruction Phase. Aurora’s knowledge of the marketplace and sensitivity to our clients’ needs and wishes are taken into account when developing value engineering items.
Our value engineering group includes professionals in the mechanical, electrical, communications, structural and architectural disciplines, as well as cost estimators, scheduling professionals and logistics planners. These professionals work as an essential part of the Aurora project team.
Supported by state-of-the-art computer systems and programs, they provide such services as:
- Detailed analysis of the project’s programming requirements, including existing conditions, trade schedules and target budget;
- Accurate cost estimating, which depends on having experienced professionals who know building construction and the contracting business;
- Utilizing various computer-based systems to assist in quickly and accurately performing tasks;
- Estimates - comprehensive quantity takeoffs, including detailed cost items by trade and alternatives that provide a basis for cost control throughout all phases of the project; and
- Value Engineering – a thorough evaluation of construction alternatives to identify possible project enhancements, as well as possible cost reductions.
Lump Sum Bidding
Competitive bidding for building construction and site development projects is undertaken by Aurora’s Estimating Department on a continual basis.
Successful competitive bidding provides a consistent source of contracts for construction services and demands the Estimating Department remain updated on current pricing, means, methods and the latest advances in construction and information technology.
Aurora’s Estimating and Purchasing Department also provides centralized purchasing in coordination with the Owner/Management and our own Project Management team. This practice assures all project team members have input in the many variables that make up a subcontract purchase.
Criteria for subcontract awards are based upon pricing and which subcontractor is best suited for the particular project. Additionally, it is Aurora’s policy not to award too many subcontracts in a particular trade to the same subcontractor.
LEED and "Green Building" Practices »
Aurora has embraced LEED and green building early and enthusiastically. Our in-house LEED division has several LEED GA’s and AP’s on staff, and several of our employees are heavily involved with the USGBC. To date, Aurora has built the largest LEED certified project on long island – The Arches in Deer Park; which is LEED Silver Certified.Read More »
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a set of principles for environmentally sustainable construction. LEED is an open process, where the technical standards proposed by the committees are publicly reviewed for approval by the membership organizations that comprise the USGBC. There are 4 levels of LEED Certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
LEED was created to accomplish several objectives; among them are:
- To define “Green building” by instituting a common criterion of measurement
- To acknowledge environmental leadership in the building industry
- To encourage green competition
- To transform the building market
- To promote integrated, whole-building design practices
- To raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
The LEED rating system addresses six major areas:
- Sustainable sites
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials and resources
- Indoor environmental quality
- Innovation and design process
It is clear that the main goals of LEED and Green Building practices are to protect and preserve our environment. However, with careful analysis of the various methods used in constructing “Green”, they may also provide immediate and long-term economic benefits for developers, building owners and occupants. The USGBC states that benefits of building Green include energy cost savings, increased employee productivity, decreased absenteeism and increased property value. Aurora is careful to present not only the costs associated with LEED but the potential benefits as well.
Tenant Coordination »
Aurora Contractors, Inc. is pleased to offer our clients Tenant Coordination services, either as part of an overall Construction Management contract or as a consultant. Aurora Contractors’ team of experienced professionals is available to act as an advocate for the landlord, providing all-inclusive tenant coordination services to property owners, developers and retail clients. Our tenant coordination services offer solutions that effectively bring together ownership goals and retailer objectives.Read More »
Some of the advantages to hiring an outside Tenant Coordinator are:
- Reduction in overhead costs to the Owner. You will not need to have a Tenant Coordination Department and incur the costs of the extra personnel;
- The cost of the Tenant Coordination can be passed through as a project expense; and
- We act as your liaison with the tenants, handling all phone calls and issues, removing that burden from you.
Your project will receive the undivided attention of a Tenant Coordinator - from commencement through close-out. Aurora’s tenant coordination services include:
- Construction and/or review of all lease documents and exhibits;
- Coordination and review of owner’s construction plans and tenant’s improvement plans (including signage);
- Review of the tenant’s schedule, design and technical criteria;
- Preparation of marketing materials (i.e., phasing plans, elevations, site plans, etc.) to aid the client in it’s negotiations with tenants;
- Coordination of Tenant utility services;
- Management of Tenant's change order processing;
- Management of Tenant's Contractors deposits and fess;
- Tenant's Contractor construction rules and regulations;
- Tenant L.O.D. production and management;
- Oversight of tenants’ construction to ensure all tenant obligations are met;
- Progress reporting and tracking; and
- Punch list and close-out documentation, to ensure a smooth transition between construction and property management.
Claim Prevention, Claims Assistance and Dispute Resolution »
Aurora Contractors, Inc. offers a wide range of claims prevention and risk management techniques. Our personnel have years of experience in all aspects of construction, making them uniquely qualified to assist our clients in recognizing potential claim areas, as well as allowing them to present, examine and defend claims when necessary.Read More »
Aurora can also provide the following claims analysis:
- Damage Determination: No matter the type of claim, Aurora’s expert staff can assess the claim, aid in the preparation of corroborative documentation, and gauge liability, accountability and entitlement.
- Project Delay Evaluation: Project delays can have a huge impact on a project, with far-reaching consequences. Aurora’s scheduling and claims professionals not only have the ability to aid in the evaluation and/or preparation of project delay, they can also provide a thorough report of the cost of such a delay.
- Schedule Acceleration Visualization: Every construction professional is aware that schedule acceleration brings with it a host of issues – costs, methods, the time actually obtained versus the original schedule. Aurora’s scheduling professionals are available to assist with the evaluation and preparation.
Litigation Support and Expert Services »
No matter how diligent a company may be in its performance, there are occasions where an issue leads to arbitration, litigation or mediation. When this happens, Aurora Contractors is available to provide litigation support and expert reporting and testimony.
Construction claims generally involve technical and difficult issues. As the claim approaches the litigation or mediation phase, expert personnel become an essential part of the process.
Aurora’s team of accomplished professionals is adept at working with attorneys to establish a course of action and aid in the decision-making process for dispute litigation. Our professionals can also advise on construction and contract standards and assist with the discovery phase of a case, the preparation of interrogatory questions and the responses thereto.
Owner Controlled Insurance Programs »
An Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) or “Wrap-Up” program is a risk management technique that provides insurance coverage for the owner, the contractors and lower tiered subcontractors. By consolidating the insurance purchasing power of the entire project, the owner can obtain the insurance for potentially a great cost savings. Other advantages include expanded coverage, higher limits, greater control, a centralized safety program and more efficient claims management. In certain circumstances, these benefits might be outweighed by the detriments associated with this type of program, such as, the administrative burden taken on by the owner or the potential cost savings being eroded by losses on the project. Aurora has worked very closely with owners and their insurance professionals to provide projections, gather contractor data and administer project safety programs, ultimately resulting in successful implementation of the program.
Cost Segregation Studies »
A Cost Segregation Study (CSS) is a valuable strategy utilized by property owners to improve cash flow and their bottom-line. The goal of the CSS is to identify assets within a building so the owner can take advantage of more favorable depreciation terms. It is critical that the costs of these various assets are tracked properly in order for the owner to achieve the largest benefit from the CSS. Aurora’s in-house CPA, estimating department and project managers have, on numerous occasions, created controls to assure that throughout the design, value engineering, purchasing and change order phases of the project, costs are properly segregated to allow the owner to effortlessly gather all of the necessary information to complete the CSS.
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Aurora Contractors, Inc., a second-generation, family owned and operated Construction Management, General Contracting, and Design/Build firm. At Aurora, we have always maintained that integrity and trust are essential to the success of any company. The same values and beliefs that guided the company at its inception are still Aurora’s philosophy today.
100 Raynor Avenue,
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779