Having a 3D rendering of the project design is a fantastic way to establish expectations of what the final product will look like.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
ParsCo Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings -Pensacola, Navarre, Milton, Pace, Gulf Breeze, Ft. Walton Beach, Shalimar, Destin Panama City
Having a 3D rendering of the project design is a fantastic way to establish expectations of what the final product will look like.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
ParsCo Construction’s residential division only focuses on high-end custom homes, and our work across the Florida Panhandle shows that we only choose to work on a few select projects at a time so we can focus our time and energy into providing the highest level of customer service.
Figure 1ParsCo Construction High-End Residential Project - 30A Walton County
ParsCo Design Build Process
When we are engaged to work on a new residential project from conception, we begin the design process by sitting down with you to discuss your lifestyle and how you will live in your new home. For instance, do you do a lot of entertaining? Do you enjoy theater sitting for movie watching? Are the outdoor living spaces a high priority?
As drawings proceed, we will then begin meeting with you to discuss preliminary selections and finishes for your home. Our interior designer will prepare a comprehensive package for your review, inclusive of all selections such as hardware, plumbing, tile, appliances and lighting. We will include color photos of all selections to best convey the essence of our design direction, including vignettes of individual rooms with selections juxtaposed to help you visualize final results.Once we understand what your needs are, we will begin the preliminary design process. First, we will create a preliminary floor plan and site plan for your consideration and feedback. This preliminary process represents a large portion of the creative design time to create a customized, thoughtful plan and may require as much as 8-10 weeks. Once the preliminary plans are tweaked, based on your feedback, we move on to CAD drawings and design development.
An important aspect of construction documents are the specifications, which detail the "bricks and sticks" methods of construction. A complete set of specifications, inclusive of all selections, will be prepared and presented with each design revision. These specifications are particularly complete because of the additional design time dedicated to selection specificity prior to construction. Only larger scope areas of improvement, such as landscaping or audio/visual, may be reflected as allowances. Even so, our company will lead the conversation with consultants and follow thru with management during construction.
Together with the plans and selections and specifications, we will also prepare an estimate of cost. Since we are the builder, the pricing estimate we provide you is a real estimate. Not a guess or hopeful shot-in-the-dark to keep the process going. We want to make you aware of what the true construction cost will be at the early stages so if we are over budget we can continue to modify the design to keep the project within your budget. This cost estimate will be a well studied estimate, based first on preliminary plans and specifications, and updated with each presentation of revised drawings and selections. Unless there are major changes to the overall scope of the project, we can expect that the preliminary cost that we provide at the beginning of design will be very consistent with the final cost at the completion of construction documents.
The entire creative process requires anywhere from 6 to 8 months, depending on how extensive the level of customization and the scope of project.
Upon acceptance of the Pre-Construction Agreement, we will begin the process of design. Over a period of approximately 6 months, our architecture team will schedule periodic design meetings with you to review the plan in progress and receive additional feedback. Long distance communication is not a problem; electronic files and overnight mailings work great.
In addition to visiting with the architects, you will also be meeting with the interior designer at intervals to determine selections and finishes for costing purposes. We will prepare periodic cost updates during the design process.
As design development continues and is completed, we will prepare final Construction Drawings, Specifications with Selections, and Final Cost. These Construction Documents are very comprehensive and detailed, and represent our construction commitment to you for improvements. These documents will be attached as exhibits to our construction contract along with contract price. We will be ready for a quick construction start without delays of re-design due to cost overruns.
ParsCo Construction Building Process
The ParsCo construction process actually begins well before the construction contract is signed. During the design phase, our project manager will work closely with our design team and estimating, becoming well informed of plans and specifications. Construction start is therefore efficient and timely. The Project Architect and interior designers remain involved during construction, insuring design integrity.
ParsCo will assign both a Project Manager and Project Superintendent to your project, sharing management roles during construction and serving as main points of contact to the client. The Project Superintendent's priority is work progress on site. He is responsible for insuring the high quality performance of our tradesmen, daily and critical path scheduling, cleanliness of site, scheduling and timeliness of work. Often times, the Project Superintendent will put his expert skills to work as well, by completing intricate tasks in finish carpentry, and other scopes of work to make sure our client’s vision is accomplished and meets every expectation. Each Project Supertintendent is charged with documenting job progress via daily/weekly photos, enabling team members to respond quickly to any questions or issues. We setup a custom web-page for our client so they can view progress and share with their family and friends. This is also extremely useful for our out-of-town clients in tracking the progress.
The position of Project Manager (PM) is just one of many distinguishing facets to ParsCo. Amir personally works on every project as the Project Manager, and his team of assistants make sure that nothing falls through the cracks. Central to the efficacy of project management, Amir is responsible for coordinating purchases, documenting all changes and serves generally as the go-to person for project information.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Column bases are the foundations for the columnar components of your steel structure. The column base transfers loads to the building foundation and act as a support for the structural loads the columns must meet. Bases come in many sizes and designs but there are two key methods of connecting the column base to the foundation. The foundation must be designed with the specific connection type in mind.
The base plate of the column transfers all column loads to a supporting member, the structural frame as a whole or to the foundation. This includes:
- Axial/gravity loads
- Moment loads
- Shear loads
- And axial/uplift loads
Base plates turn the column into a vertical cantilever eliminating the need for guy wires for additional support.
While base plate design is relatively open as far as size, shape and aesthetics, there are manufacturing issues that come into play. Some base plate designs are difficult to fabricate or call for materials that are expensive or rare. Others may not be available in the size requested. All these issues can raise the price of the base plate.
Some base plate designs are not stable enough to support the column without the extra support of guying.
A fixed base column is often compared to a flagpole; the entire moment, or bending, load is carried by the supporting foundation. Fixed-base columns are relatively inexpensive but require a much thicker and stronger foundation. This column base type must be specified before the foundation is designed; otherwise the savings from the base type will be eaten up by the expense of reworking the foundation or the columns after installation.
Pinned-base columns are fastened to the foundation with anchor bolts and transfer different loads to the foundation than fixed-base columns. Pinned-base columns transfer only transfer vertical and horizontal loads to the foundation. The steel structure carries the other loads.
There is no need for specific foundation design for a pinned-base column building. In fact, a pinned-base column is often assumed when foundations are built. Unfortunately, the column fastening is generally unknown until the bids for steel construction are complete. By this time the foundation is already in. You can imagine what happens if the resulting building type calls for fixed-base columns in this case. The foundation will not have been designed to support fixed column requiring extra support for the columns during erection and the hope that the foundation will not crack under the additional load.
To save money and time, you must specify, before the foundation is designed and installed, what column type will be used. With all in agreement from the beginning, time, money, and aggravation can be saved.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Fluid Metalworks, Inc. and ParsCo made a great team when tackling this large scale project and meeting their strict completion deadline.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Pensacola Commercial Construction
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Stuff costs money. Construction is stuff. Design is stuff. Clients want stuff. Building costs money. Clients have money. Designers and Contractors need to be upfront about costs and have candid discussions throughout the life of the project. Costs change, selections change, issues come up, revisions are made, etc... All of these budget issues need to be continually addressed and it can often be a moving a target.
We're not going to discuss specific costs; there are far too many variables- project location, quality, schedule, materials, design, type of project, etc. The budget pricing items below are not all inclusive, but rather a general listing of the typical items to be included in the budgets.
It is important to note the difference between the Construction Budget and the Project Budget.
The Construction Budget typically includes:
• Providing utilities to the site if not currently present
• Site Preparation (clearing away trees, stabilizing soil, cutting and filling to grade the site, etc.)
• Demolition as may be required
• Construction costs, including foundation, framing, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, interior finishes, exterior finishes, lighting, cabinetry, appliances, etc.
• Construction Management Fees and Site Superintendant Fees
• Sales tax, permitting, and insurance costs
• Hardscape (exterior built items i.e. sidewalks, driveways, patio's pools, etc.)
The Project Budget typically includes all of the above in addition to the following:
• Architect fees
• Professional Services fees (interior designer, structural engineer, landscape architect, etc.)
• Land Costs
• Financing Costs
• Water + sewer tap fees
• Construction Costs
• Contingency monies
Often when working with a customer, it is difficult to find out what the "Project Budget" is and or the "Construction Budget". It is normal to be apprehensive and not want to share this information because the client may feel that they want to save as much as possible and divulging that info will give the contractor or architect every opportunity to use the money up. This is not the case though when you work with ParsCo. When the client shares the "Project and Construction" budget information with ParsCo, we are able to immediately determine how to best utilize the money to accomplish the client's goal. This is a team approach and if ParsCo is hired early on, we work with the client to hire the design team and develop an accurate budget for each item to make the project a reality.
For more information please contact us at 850-696-7656 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 2, 2014
ParsCo Disaster Response Services
Call us now at 850-695-7656 to setup your property with pre-loss services or emergency disaster response!
How prepared are you for a natural disaster? Is your business ready to rebound quickly and get back to work? Most companies and organizations find that they are not prepared in the event of a natural disaster. Emergencies strike quickly and unexpectedly, so having peace of mind that a company knowledgable in dealing with insurance claims and re-constructing your place of business is priceless. Lucky for you, the price is very resasonable to have that peace of mind.
ParsCo firmly believes that we will not only meet your needs, but exceed your expectations. Once we are selected for a project, ParsCo makes a commitment that runs far deeper than its contractual obligations. It's a deeply personal commitment that goes above and beyond ordinary expectations.
ParsCo has had a very successful history with Developers, Insurance Firms, and Design Consultants as it relates to Hurricanes, Tornados, Fire, Flood, and other Insurance Claims. The ParsCo Disaster Response Team Members have been involved in over $30 million dollars worth of disaster related claims and re-construction projects. ParsCo understands the needs of our clients, especially when they have been affected by a natural disaster. ParsCo addresses those times with a sense of urgency, providing our clients with lots of attention and the utmost responsiveness. Time is of the essence, and a short delay in response can mean all the difference in construction costs, and the client's ability to function as a business.
We have highlighted and summarized some of the key factors that you should carefully consider when evaluating the ParsCo Disaster Response Team:
- ParsCo, LLC regularly self performs the following disciplines: Site work, site utilities, demolition, framing, drywall, wood trim, painting and plumbing. Self performing some or all of these disciplines has repeatedly allowed us to control project specific issues related to design, schedule, quality control, and cost. This ability to address emergency situations with our own forces is a tremendous advantage in times of emergency or disasters. There is no need to find a subcontractor to perform the work, because we complete these scopes ourselves.
- ParsCo owns property within the SouthEast with materials and storage available for bulk materials that may be required in time of a disaster. Having the ability to stockpile these materials means no matter what the material shortage may be in the area, we will be ready to address the re-construction effort without delay.
- ParsCo has personally managed single projects as small as $1,000 and as large as $185,000,000. You will get the experience of larger construction firms while maintaining a small company feel. The Owner of ParsCo is personally involved in every project we build.
The combined experience, knowledge, and in-house capabilities of our company make us an excellent choice. We look forward to the opportunity to assist in your needs.
ParsCo offers pre-loss service along with site survey assessments so we are ready before disaster strikes. Call us at 850-696-7656 to learn more.