From Concept to Closeout As every project is unique, so are each client’s needs. We tailor our services to address such needs accordingly, whether it is management of a multi-project program, a standalone project, a specific task in the project life-cycle (e.g. managing solicitations), or augmenting a client’s staff to address a short-term workload increase.
Construction and Project Management We are of the opinion that hiring a project manager (like Meridian) as the first step in a capital project is a best management practice. When this is done, we can discuss scope, schedule and budget constraints from the very beginning and make recommendations on the best project delivery method. Often, the selection of the project delivery method is one of the largest determinants of project success. Project delivery methods include design-bid-build, DBOM, design-build, P3, multi-prime, IPD and construction manager at risk (CMAR/CM@Risk/CM-GC).
Within the context of the delivery strategy, Meridian will work with the owner to procure the project team through solicitations and/or negotiations, and develop contracts that establish specific project deliverables and requirements. We will work with the owner to develop project budgets and contingency and mitigation strategies to address risk.
During the critical planning phases, in addition to identification of the delivery method, Meridian will work with the owner to develop additional plans such as communication and reporting, procurement of long-lead and potentially owner-furnished materials, bonding/insurance requirements, cost accounting processes, FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment), commissioning, any specialty owner-furnished services (e.g. artists), change control, stakeholder management (including operations and maintenance) and closeout planning.
Meridian frequently develops and maintains master project schedules. Depending on the owner’s standard, we use either Primavera (P6 compatible) or Microsoft Office software. During construction we track the contractor’s schedule against their baseline, and on larger projects, administer a scheduling specification that has additional requirements.
During construction, Meridian project managers apply a hands-on approach by working closely with the project team to resolve issues at the lowest possible level. We prefer frequent, if not full-time, on-site project management depending on the scale and complexity of the project. We understand there is a balance between budget and value when it comes to on-site project management, and we also understand the potential negative impacts of infrequent on-site inspections.
Closeout and commissioning are often under-planned tasks. Commissioning needs to be planned in the beginning of a project to establish pre-functional and functional testing requirements and establish the level of effort by each project team member prior to the solicitation of their services. Closeout documentation needs to be scrutinized for completeness including as-builts, O&M manuals, warranty documentation, etc.
Program Management Meridian can manage multiple, concurrent projects in a comprehensive approach. When such program management is properly applied, projects can be coordinated to obtain benefits not available from managing each one individually. This requires thoughtful planning and investigation to maximize the benefits of shared resources and to realize time and cost savings. Equally important is scheduling the projects appropriately to minimize disruption to the owner’s operations.
Technology Meridian is committed to using the most current industry applications available based on the client’s and project’s needs. Various web-based applications are utilized to create efficiencies and improve communication.
SECTORS WE SERVE
Meridian Management has been an integral part of our team on the TERRA project from its inception. Their level of professionalism, team based approach and expertise were, in part, what allowed such a large and complex project with an aggressive schedule to be delivered successfully. Throughout our various project phases Meridian has continually stepped up to the plate and been both team players and team leaders.
— Rebecca Markley, Director or Rural Initiatives, GCI
“Meridian anticipated complex issues during our 7-month renovation project that we could have never foreseen and did an absolutely outstanding job relocating 17 floors of employees.”
— John Lawson, Conoco Phillips
“I hired Meridian for project management on a 1 1/2 year redesign project and what immediately stood out was the quality of their employees. Meridian employees always deliver what they promise, are easily accessible and do an amazing job tracking and scheduling every aspect of the project.”
— Sandy Dunn, Bureau of Land Management Alaska
“RIM has worked with Meridian on numerous projects as a member of our team, and on other occasions they’ve represented our clients. They’re an absolute asset to us when our time and resources are stretched. Meridian can battle through a mountain of paper in short order to ensure we meet deadlines. From construction administration at the UAA/APU Consortium Library to ‘clerk of the works’ for various Anchorage Fire Stations, they’ve become an extension of our company. We’re always looking for an opportunity to work with them again.”
– Scott Bohne, A.I.A., NCARB CCS, Principal/Vice President, RIM Architects
“Our building committee was comprised of volunteers, so we needed someone who could manage the details and communicate on our behalf on a day to day basis. Meridian was like an extension of the committee. They helped set priorities, select contractors and guide the parish with contracts. They were a real force multiplier; they made smart decisions and saved us money.”
– Bill Kontess, A.I.A., Building Committee Chair for St. Andrews Parish expansion and Project Manager, kpb architects
“We’ve been working with Meridian as a part of our team for eight years. They’ve provided a considerable amount of excellent professional engineering support to the team. Meridian is a great company and an excellent firm to work with.”
– John Faunce, PB Americas Principal Project Manager, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport terminal renovation project
“Meridian has helped and continues to help us accomplish numerous large scale hospital renovation projects without disrupting vital hospital operations. Their project planning and coordination efforts have been crucial in ensuring that our patients continued to receive the highest quality health care as the various hospital areas were upgraded to better serve current needs of healthcare. We have successfully accomplished these objectives with Meridian by our side.”
– Robert L. Wilson, P.E., Director of Hospital Engineering, Providence Alaska Medical Center