As our industry continues to see the creative use of exterior materials, experienced building envelope contractors have become increasingly valuable to your building project team.
The expertise SGH brings to your project as a design-assist partner is critical to ensure the architectural design intent is achievable. While reducing RFI’s, change orders, and ensuring building code issues are dealt with before construction commences.
A collaborative design-assist approach with experienced building envelope contractors increases the quality and efficiency of your project.
We know it’s critical to be involved at the start of your project. SGH is at its best when we’re working closely with you to develop a complete and functional design. In our experience, we’ve found this partnership eliminates many common issues, helping you to complete the project on time and within budget.
We can partner with you to develop a system that fits your design intent, while meeting the functional needs and any other requirements (like sustainability). Our network of SGH regional representatives can provide you with support from design through construction. SGH also has an in-house design and engineering department, as well as LEED APs on staff.
We can help you define the scope of work, assess alternative value options, or manage design intent. Our experienced design assist professionals will provide you with cost-effective solutions to meet the desires of the owner and the dream of the architect.
For Design-Build Teams
SGH offers design consultation – including structural design. If you have a design-build project, our proposal can include mock-up testing and review, approval drawings, engineering calculations, stamps and certifications.
We’ll share calculations with your structural engineer of record once a system and budget have been determined. This is the final integration step in validating the system and structure’s compatibility.
We can also provide you with the specifications that explain the system reflected in the design.
How SGH Defines Design-Assist
In a perfect design-assist project, we start early in the design process, working with your project team – the owner, architects, and construction managers – to clarify the project’s intent and establish criteria for performance, system type and aesthetics.
But we realize not every project can start out like that.
Wherever you happen to be in your project’s development, there is a way we can help. The following is a list of beneficial design-assist services SGH can bring to your current or future projects:
- Developing a constructability review of your specified system to ensure it’s cost effective and energy efficient
- Providing component concepts to maintain or enhance the architectural design and performance
- Preparing accurate cost comparisons of exterior façade systems and architectural materials
- Assisting with value management options (panel type, material, gauge, finish and attachment methods)
- Producing shop drawings with Autodesk software with 3D modelling and building information modeling (BIM) capabilities
- Conducting a thorough project site review to provide you with a complete means and methods plan, including equipment access and any loading imposed on the project
- Providing a complete project schedule, including sequence of work and critical path items
Why Partner Early in Design?
We’re committed to quality on every project SGH is involved in. Our team can help you successfully apply your specified system, or help you find similar systems during the design phase to meet your project’s budget. The key is to identify the right system early in your process -- to help you be as efficient as possible and save you design time.
Throughout our process, we’ll help you find opportunities to simplify backup systems or attachment methods, identify similar materials, always with the goal to avoid sacrificing quality.
Partnering with us at the earliest stages of your project, is your best opportunity to leverage our knowledge and understanding of the design process.
The bottom line: We’ll help you achieve the highest quality and most efficient design possible. How can we help you today?