Builders are heeding the callfrom developers to find ways to reduce construction costs through amore systemized approach. The collaborative design-build model hashelped to reduce costs by bringing designers and builders to thetable in the pre-construction phase to reduce changes and expediteprocesses. Now, contractor Suffolk is building on that trend withits plan-and-control model, which brings together more stakeholdersearly in the process to, as the name implies, plan and control theconstruction process.

"Suffolk's plan and control process is a response toburgeoning standards in the industry to blend boundaries of designand construction. It addresses the need to bringforward more constructability aspects into the designprocess and is broken upinto four components," SteveTetens, project executive at Suffolk San Diego,tells "Our process builds uponthe industry's Collaborative Design-Buildapproach, which helps streamline procurement and increases ownerinput over the design process. It's complementary to our plan andcontrol process as both approaches are rooted in collaboration withseveral partners aligning on the same goal."

The process starts with aligning expectations anddesign collaboration. "This component employs amethod of pull planning by identifying a needs list so thateveryone is involved. Pull planning applies to designitself," says Tetens. "It takes away the subjectivity of the levelof completeness of design as it objectively defines the level ofdevelopment at any given stage of design. What waspreviously a subjective area now becomes objective and gets a levelof development (LoD) value assigned to it so that everyone is onthe same page."

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.