Similar to the design-build delivery methodology often used by owners, design-assist procedures offer key benefits which can save a significant amount of time, money and changes on a project. As a design-assist partner, TEG specializes in working with precaster’s at the earliest stages of the design process to help provide the most efficient methods, sizes, aesthetics, etc. to maximize efficiency throughout the project and meet the owner’s goals and financial requirements.
Early involvement in the design process provides an opportunity to value-engineer aspects of the structure and allows us to make recommendations toward a design that may reduce risk, reduce lead times, and ultimately reduce costs. Using BIM to provide 3D project models, TEG can coordinate with precaster’s and use their expertise and efficiencies to conduct constructability reviews and give advice for component design, fabrication, erection, lifting and handling as needed.
Through collaboration with the precaster, TEG will serve as the specialty precast engineer and provide assistance to the owner’s A/E design team in the form of preliminary drawings, connection details, erection logistics and other specific project information, based on the A/E’s building concepts and structural system. TEG will participate in regular communication with the A/E design team during the design development and throughout the completion of 100% Construction Documents. This process improves the flow of information and drawing approval once shop drawings begin.