Design Assist

Bringing Value to the Design Process

When design challenges arise, DSI is well-equipped to provide assistance. With a proven track record of success in numerous design assist projects, we have honed our expertise and developed detailed solutions for recurring issues. Our capabilities encompass a wide range of services, including:

  • Assisting in the development of initial M&P (Mechanical and Plumbing) design criteria.
  • Specification development to ensure compliance with project requirements and standards.
  • Sizing of ductwork and piping systems to optimize performance and efficiency.
  • Expediting the creation of construction drawings to meet project deadlines.
  • Providing continuous cost feedback throughout the entire design and construction process to maintain budgetary alignment.

Our team of design assist professionals brings extensive industry experience and knowledge to the table, enabling us to effectively lead projects through critical decision-making processes. By collaborating closely with all design disciplines, we work to define project parameters, identify cost elements, and address key challenges, ensuring that each project is set up for success from inception to completion.

Integrating Preconstruction Services

Due to our strong emphasis on preconstruction services, we possess a unique expertise in the design-assist project approach. Our team’s early integration with the design process ensures timely input on critical decisions, allowing for optimal delivery of design elements.

We employ a fast-track method in developing detailed documents, starting from flow diagrams and P & IDs (Process and Instrumentation Diagrams). As the engineering process progresses, we refine and incorporate these elements into the detailed design. This approach enables us to efficiently adapt to evolving project requirements while maintaining a high level of accuracy and quality in our deliverables.

By leveraging our expertise in design assist and preconstruction services, we are well-positioned to collaborate effectively with project stakeholders and contribute to the success of complex construction projects.

GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) Development

Recognizing the criticality of establishing precise cost estimates that accurately reflect the entirety of a project’s scope, we prioritize the development of a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). This GMP serves as a foundational tool, aiding us in delineating the requisite project resources and facilitating our early construction planning efforts. The GMP is refined throughout various stages of project development, as outlined below:

  • 100% Programming: Initial Budget – At the inception of the project, we create an initial budget based on comprehensive programming, laying the groundwork for subsequent cost estimations.
  • 50% Design Development Documents: Initial GMP – As the design development progresses to the halfway mark, we utilize the gathered insights to formulate the Initial GMP, reflecting the evolving project requirements and specifications.
  • 50% Construction Documents: Final GMP – At the culmination of the design development phase, as construction documents reach the halfway completion milestone, we finalize the GMP. This Final GMP embodies the culmination of meticulous planning, design refinement, and cost analysis, ensuring alignment with the project’s objectives and constraints.

By adhering to this structured approach in GMP development, we ensure transparency, accuracy, and accountability throughout the project lifecycle, thereby fostering successful outcomes for all stakeholders involved.