The construction trade has run in the blood of the Prost family for eight generations. This extensive background in construction led Paul Prost to open Prost Builders business in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1949. His brother, Jay, later joined him in his dream to build a quality construction firm. In 1963, Paul and Jay had expanded the company enough to necessitate a satellite office in Columbia, Missouri. For several years now we have branched out, covering all of Missouri and the surrounding states.
A: Before selecting your architect/engineer, list the important considerations in your order of priority. Here is a sample priority list for a successful entrepreneur wanting to build a new office for his business:
A: Competitive Bidding a Contract:
Negotiating a Contract:
A: In the design/build approach, the owner contracts with one firm to provide both design and construction services. It is often called a TURN-KEY contract. The design/build approach replaces the traditional method of awarding separate contracts for design and for construction. On a design/build job the contractor and architect/engineer are allied and work together to serve the owner. The owner, contractor, and architect/engineer work as a TEAM to design and build a project that satisfies the needs of the owner. This TEAM approach eliminates the tendency to blame the other guy if a discrepancy occurs. Team members focus on solving problems rather than placing blame.
A: We are often tempted to choose a contractor based on a low bid. We will save money, we think. Resist the temptation. Change orders can substantially escalate an original bid. If your job is not completed on time, interest costs rise, and earnings from occupying the new facility fall.
Here is a checklist you can use for selecting your contractor:
A: The advantages of design/build are:
A: Here are some things you can do to reduce your building energy costs:
A: Yes! With very creative design and construction techniques, a net zero energy building is possible. If you are interested we can get into the details!