CANA's pre-construction services include planning, estimating and scheduling during the design development phases to ensure that projects are set up for success before a shovel even hits the ground.

How we Make the Right Decisions in the Best Interest of our Projects

CANA works with clients, consultants and key trades during the design phase to determine the most economical and efficient design and construction methods for our projects. Our understanding of market conditions, as well as construction strategies allows us to provide input on material selection and availability, schedule, budget and constructability efficiencies.

Making the right decisions at the right time during pre-construction allows for a more efficient approach on projects that can save both time and money. We have a qualified team that provides valuable input and planning, which helps to bolster the bottom line for projects; all before a shovel is placed in the ground.

Our strategies ensure best value and provide inherent benefits to clients including:

The Right Budget

  • Providing accurate quantity take-offs using state-of-the-art technology
  • Utilizing our in-house cost database for current unit rates
  • Offering valuable design interpretation by construction professionals
  • Enlisting key trades for input on price, availability and current market condition
  • Using Building Information Modeling (BIM) to confirm quantity accuracy

The Best Schedule

  • Providing a detailed sequencing plan to meet client needs
  • Using multiple software’s to develop computerized schedules and sequencing options
  • Evaluating optional sequential tendering packages and opportunities for fast-tracking
  • Establishing milestones and critical paths in order to effectively track and maintain the schedule

The Most Accurate Picture of the Building

  • Investigating all building elements and conditions
  • Incorporating existing conditions into the design
  • Using BIM point-cloud surveying and in-house surveyors for accurate confirmations
  • Providing the survey to our clients post-occupancy to assist with maintenance requirements

The Greatest Value for Dollars

  • Examining design alternatives for cost and schedule benefits
  • Using our market and construction expertise to ensure accurate costs
  • Committing to achieving the best value for our clients

The Lowest Risk

  • Reviewing of the drawings and specifications for conformance to the budget at each design stage
  • Promoting design and construction team collaboration
  • Offering constructability analyses to reduce errors or risks with tender packages for lower price tenders
  • Providing BIM capabilities to “build” in the virtual world first

The Best Price

  • Pre-qualifying required trades and utilizing only an approved and qualified list of bidders
  • Incorporating a scope of work clarification with tenders to reduce risk
  • Reviewing and analyzing trade packages to confirm compliance and best value
  • Conducting detailed review with trade proponents to insure a clear understanding of schedule and scope