National Construction advocates for contractor-architect collaboration early on, knowing it will lead to the most efficient use of your funds. This process begins with the end in mind when you, the owner, choose one firm for both design and construction services; we, as general contractor, subcontract the architect. Here, the construction contract is negotiated as together we define plans and specifications that meet your needs and budget.
- The Duluth Trading Company headquarters in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, is an example of National Construction’s design-build option
An alternative to design-build is the team approach, where you, the owner, negotiate separate contracts with National Construction and the architecture firm of your choice, and we work as a team to design and budget the project. Once plans and specifications are established, we as general contractor lead the subcontractor bidding process to develop our fixed contract with you.
- National Construction collaborated with Mobius Holdings and CaS4 Architecture to construct the Academy of Little Vikings
The design-build and team approaches promote financial and operational transparency from the construction and design teams.
This traditional process begins with you, the owner, negotiating a contract with an architectural firm to design your project. National Construction then submits a fixed bid to complete the work based on the architect’s plans and specifications. Other commercial general contractors do the same, and you select one – most often based on the lowest bid. National Construction’s in-house, experienced carpenters make this an ideal process for interior remodel projects in particular. But regardless of the type of project, our balanced overhead and capacity make us a competitive option. You can request a proposal here on our website and upload your RFP; we also appreciate the opportunity to be on your bid list in the future.
- Alpha Xi Delta selected National Construction’s bid for their women’s fraternity on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus
In this building and design process, National Construction can serve as a construction manager, or as a subcontractor for a construction manager. Here, the owner negotiates separately with a construction manager and architect. The construction manager bids work by division, and the owner enters into separate contracts with each subcontractor and supplier.
- National Construction served as construction manager for Glen Wood Heights Condominium Homes in Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Owner’s Representative and Program Management
National Construction can serve as your advocate throughout the building design and construction process. You, the owner, contract solely with us. We recommend a process for architect selection and contractor selection and bidding, and coordinate all activities that follow. This is a particularly beneficial arrangement if you’re lacking in-house construction expertise, or your staff doesn’t have time to manage additional projects.
- National Construction served as owner’s representative for Midwestern BioAg as they constructed a new office and manufacturing facility in Milledgville, Illinios
Don’t See What You Need?
Our commitment to personalized service means we’re willing to work with you to meet your needs, whether or not they’re specified within the options listed above. Some examples include:
- Developing a guaranteed maximum price contract, and refunding any savings to you, the owner
- Purchasing materials through your purchase order system to save sales tax
- Through the design-build option, directing mechanical and electrical design by subcontractors