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Comprehensive Construction
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Commercial Construction Services

Our experienced and talented construction professionals provide you with a wide range of support in the planning and construction of complex projects. We deliver projects using the Owners Representative, Construction Manager, Design-Build, or General Contractor methodology, depending on your preference. Click one of the links below to learn more about how we can help you Build Something Better!

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Construction Manager

AVB is a leading regional commercial construction firm.

Over 90% of our business is a Construction Management type of contract. We offer expertise in both new construction and renovation work. AVB’s approach to construction management services is divided into three phases; the pre-construction phase, the construction phase, and the post construction phase. AVB will manage your project from start to finish, including the competitive bidding of each category of work so you get the best value the marketplace has to offer.

Pre-Construction Services Include:

  • Accurate project estimating at all stages of design

  • Value management services to ensure maximum value

  • Bond Campaign assistance to help get your message out

  • Municipal approval and permit coordination assistance

  • Project scheduling

  • Site safety and logistics planning

  • Constructability reviews

Construction Phase Services Include:

  • Trade contractor bid package development and bid solicitation

  • Post-bid interviews and award recommendations

  • Contract and insurance documentation

  • Professional on-site supervision

  • Schedule control

  • Budget control

  • Quality control and quality assurance

  • Meeting coordination and management

  • Web-based document management via AVB Procore™ CloudShare

  • Professional project accounting and reporting

Post Construction Phase Services Include:

  • Building systems and equipment training

  • Owner furnishings and technology vendor coordination

  • Move-in coordination

  • Warranty coordination – for all components of the building

  • One year walk through inspections

  • Customer service after completion

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between a Construction Manager and a General Contractor?

Typically a construction manager works on a cost + a fee type of contract (sometimes with a guaranteed maximum price (GMP)). The construction manager is hired during the design process and works with the owner and architect to provide updated budget estimates and construction schedules as the design progresses. After the plans and specifications are complete, the construction manager will solicit subcontractor bids for all of the trade category work. A general contractor typically provides a lump sum bid on the project when the plans and specifications are full completed.

What is the advantage of hiring a Construction Manager instead of a General Contractor?

A construction manager becomes part of the project team at the early stages of design, providing expertise regarding the most cost effective materials and methods, and provides updated budgets and schedules as the design progresses. This helps ensure the project is being designed within the owner’s budget and schedule requirements. A general contractor does not provide any of this input and simply bids on the completed plans and specifications. This can result in a project being drastically over budget and require substantial additional cost and time to modify the design.

Georgia Heights  mixed-use student housing - Athens, GA

Georgia Heights mixed-use student housing - Athens, GA

Owner’s Representative

AVB is uniquely positioned to serve clients in need of an Owner’s Representative.

We feel that AVB is uniquely qualified to be your Owner Representative. We have been successfully developing and building projects for ourselves and our clients for over 37 years. We will bring a team approach to your project, as opposed to a one person consultant type approach. We have an expert in-house team of project executives, development managers, project managers, project estimators and project superintendents in order to provide you with “industry insider” level of advice and expertise for your project. Our team along with your architect and your construction manager or general contractor will partner together to create a very successful project.

Owner’s Representative Services include:

  • Feasibility planning

  • Project entitlement

  • Coordination with local municipalities

  • Developing project financial pro forma and cash flow analysis

  • Management of overall program budgets

  • Soliciting and negotiating design contracts

  • Soliciting and negotiating construction contracts

  • Managing GMP contract terms and contingency application

  • Reviewing and approving pay applications and change orders

  • Monitoring project schedule adherence

  • Occupancy coordination

Frequently Asked Questions:

What makes AVB the best partner as an Owner Representative?

The key advantage that AVB will bring to your project is that we develop and build projects that we own. This means that we understand exactly what owners want and need from their Construction Management (and Architectural and Engineering) team. We think that this perspective puts us in a unique position to step into your shoes and act as your expert project representative to protect your interests, accomplish all of your goals, and allow you to do your regular job while we take care of your project so you don’t have to worry about whether or not things are being done right. We will treat your project like it is our own, and act as if we are spending our own money.

As building owners ourselves, we understand the importance of meeting the project budget while providing the most value for your dollar. We believe that we are the most focused construction manager in the market when it comes to working towards a defined budget while still maintaining a high level of quality for our client’s projects.

Why would I need an Owner’s Representative?

To have a successful project, the owner needs someone on their team who not only has project experience and expertise, but who can also dedicate a substantial amount of time to managing and coordinating all of the owner’s stakeholders and decision makers, as well as interacting with and managing the architect and construction manager or general contractor.

Even if you’ve already hired an architect and a construction manager, an Owner’s Representative could still be a huge benefit to your project. This is because the architect and construction manager or general contractor are both focused on managing and performing their own contract obligations, versus the success of the entire project as whole. For example, there are numerous other costs on a project besides the cost of design and construction. There will be land costs, furniture costs, move costs, construction finance costs, IT, security, and AV costs, just to name a few. We call this the entire program budget and we will keep track of those costs, so that you know what your total project cost will be.

Why is a team approach an advantage over a single consultant?

Instead of just using a one person consultant type approach, your AVB project executive who will be be responsible for your project, will have an entire project team as a resource to support him. This means that we will use the knowledge and experience of our entire project team including our project estimator, project manager, and field superintendent to insure that you have a successful project. We are certain that our team, along with your team, your architect, and your construction manager or general contractor will partner well together to create a very successful project.

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Design-Builder

Some owners prefer to have a single source of responsibility for the design and construction of their projects, and AVB is very experienced at doing these types of projects. We select and work with the most highly qualified and most experienced architect for your type of project, to provide you a cost efficient, highly functional, and great looking project that meets all of your goals.

Design and Pre-Construction Services Include:

  • Project Programming and Design

  • Accurate project estimating at all stages of design

  • Value management services to ensure maximum value

  • Bond Campaign assistance to help get your message out

  • Municipal approval and permit coordination assistance

  • Project scheduling

  • Site safety and logistics planning

  • Constructability reviews

Construction Phase Services Include:

  • Trade contractor bid package development and bid solicitation

  • Post-bid interviews and award recommendations

  • Contract and insurance documentation

  • Professional on-site supervision

  • Schedule control

  • Budget control

  • Quality control and quality assurance

  • Meeting coordination and management

  • Web-based document management via AVB Procore™ CloudShare

  • Professional project accounting and reporting

Post Construction Phase Services Include:

  • Building systems and equipment training

  • Owner furnishings and technology vendor coordination

  • Move-in coordination

  • Warranty coordination – for all components of the building

  • One year walk through inspections

  • Customer service after completion

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between a Design Build project and a project where the owner hires the architect directly?

For a design build project the construction manager hires the architect directly and is responsible for both the design and construction.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Design Build project?

The advantage of a design build project is from an owner’s standpoint there is one source of responsibility for the success of your project. The disadvantage of this is the architect works directly for the construction manager, not the owner, which could result in the architect being somewhat more biased toward the construction managers interests.

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General Contractor

Some owners prefer to solicit competitive bids from general contractors. AVB is very competitive and will provide you with a high level of service that is unique among general contractors. We are very owner focused, and will continue to look out for you interests throughout the project.

Construction Phase Services Include:

  • Contract and insurance documentation

  • Professional on-site supervision

  • Schedule control

  • Budget control

  • Quality control and quality assurance

  • Meeting coordination and management

  • Web-based document management via AVB Procore™ CloudShare

  • Professional project accounting and reporting

Post Construction Phase Services Include:

  • Building systems and equipment training

  • Owner furnishings and technology vendor coordination

  • Move-in coordination

  • Warranty coordination – for all components of the building

  • One year walk through inspections

  • Customer service after completion

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between a General Contractor and a Construction Manager?

A general contractor typically provides a lump sum bid on the project when construction plans and specifications are fully completed. A construction manager is hired during the design process and works with the owner and architect to provide updated budget estimates and construction schedules as the design progresses.

What is the advantage of hiring a General Contractor instead of a Construction Manager?

Some owners feel that getting competitive lump sum bids by multiple general contractors ensures they are getting the lowest price possible. There are some drawbacks to this approach. For example, an owner will be completely through the design process before they know if their project is within budget or not. This is a huge drawback because if the general contractors bids come in over budget, the result for the owner is a costly re-design process to get back in budget as well as significant scheduling delays. By selecting a qualified Construction Manager, this example situation can be avoided. A Construction Manager will work with the owner and architect design team to provide updated estimates during the design process, ensuring the owner is always informed as to what the current estimated cost is.

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Dependable, honest and committed, AVB team members are focused on ensuring all of your goals are met and exceeded both during construction and thereafter.

Jack Michael
President