Our Development process is a turn-key delivery method including site selection, land acquisition, entitlements, due diligence, and feasibility studies. From there we implement our Design/Build delivery method to complete the design and construction of the project.  


Site Selection & Feasibility Studies
We search out the client's preferred area for possible building expansion or relocation. This part of the process includes high level feasibility studies for zoning, entitlements, environment, traffic, utility, and geotechnical. We then deliver our recommendations based on our historical data of onsite costs to help narrow down to the most attractive sites.
 
Zoning & Entitlements
We inspect the potential site to see if it is permitted for the specific use, as well as, how large of a facility can be built on the selected property. We specialize in securing the maximum amount of entitlements for a parcel not just for the immediate need, but for any future expansions.
 
Land Acquisition & Due Diligence
We work hand-in-hand with attorneys, brokers and sellers to provide favorable cash management positions throughout the Due Diligence phase once the purchase contract is in effect. At this time, we manage all due diligence consultants for a deeper evaluation of the property, striving to find any potential deal killers.
 


Our Development process can include the following depending on each client needs.

Master Planning
Project Financing
Distribution and Planning Facility
 
Concurrently with the Development process, we start the Design-Build process.
Please click on Design Build General Contractor to find out more about the next step in the development cycle.

 Design-Build over the last few years has become a buzzword for a process where collaboration and value engineering provide a more sustainable building at a lower cost. But few developers or general contractors truly use this method.   

This method includes having input from all major trades from when the initial design plans are created by the Architect to the issuance of construction plans. By having input from the trades, value engineering suggestions across all divisions allow for a more cohesive building. A simple life cycle cost analysis of the building's mechanical system and roof insulation frequently results in a minor initial cost increase to which will significantly reduce operating costs for the life of the facility. Many of these type of suggestions can have a cost and schedule impact that is resolved early in the process to make the project fall within budget or be completed in a shorter period of time.

Element promotes the true Design-Build delivery method. The traditional construction method could have multiple re-designs because of design cost impacts. We believe getting all trades involved early in the process is the only way to ensure quality and value our client’s expectations.


Value Engineering/Budget Management
We look to efficiently design the building envelope to meet the client’s programmatic and aesthetic goals and desires. At this point in the design, we can provide alternate design options for different price points that would be adequate and help meet the over all budget.

The below Cost Influence Curve is a simple representation of the level of influence we can have on the overall project cost. Early in the Project Planning and Conceptual Design Phase is where we can have the most impact on the overall project budget and schedule.


Revit/3D Modeling
First, Revit modeling promotes clash detection to eliminate design interference among the design systems saving time and money during construction. This allows more of the main system components in the construction phase to be fabricated in a quality controlled environment and installed in the field without interference. This reduces material waste and additional time and labor cost for having to adjust the components to accommodate other system components, i.e. detecting if there is a clash in each of the mechanical, electrical, or plumbing plans.

Additionally, a 3D model helps a building owner or tenant to visualize the finished product early on in the design phase allowing them to make any aesthetic changes, look at spatial relationships, and assist with finish selections prior to contracting and ordering. This helps eliminate restocking costs or onsite changes.

Lastly, Quantity take offs allows the project management and design team access to accurate qualities early in the design process.This assists in validating the construction budget and procure proper material quantities.


LEED Design
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

We strive to institute LEED principles on all our project designs.


After the Design Phase, mobilization and actual construction starts.
Please click on Construction Management to find out more about the next step in the development cycle.

 

Construction Management can take on many forms from an open book solution to a guaranteed maximum price. Our construction Management process includes the below stages/sections:


Permitting
Obtaining permits can be a timely process. We understand the complexity of the approval process with multiple permitting agencies and proactively engage all authorities having jurisdiction concurrently so all permits are issued at the same time.

Buyout/Value Analysis
We can provide full value engineering solutions to help achieve the best design and construction for each dollar spent. We do this by having relationships with a large amount of subcontractors and vendors through out the State of Florida willing to partner with us to validate the right building solution.

Cost Management/Estimating
Our conceptual estimate is first based on historical data, then we engage our subcontractors for current market pricing. We then refine our estimate with subcontractor input during the Design Development phase and the continuously as the design finalizes. Element has a proven track record of delivering every project within the established budget.

Scheduling
We create detailed project schedules focusing on critical path activities with input from key stakeholders. This allows us to proactively manage the schedule daily ultimately completing projects on time, every time. At Element we regularly manage multiple critical paths to shorten the overall project duration

Site Management
Our experienced superintendents develop a detailed site logistic management plan to facilitate a safe, clean, and well-organized jobsite. We subcontract with qualified highly skilled contractors and hold construction meetings with all key subcontractor or vendors weekly as to review work plans and ensure quality of the work performed. All of our projects have weathered many hurricane seasons without a single issue. We also utilize third party testing agencies to ensure our quality and safety.


This could also include:

Equipment Procurement & Installation
Preventative Maintenance

 For many companies, the expansion or relocation of company facilities is a significant capital investment. Having an qualified consultant (expert) in the development and construction process puts all stakeholders minds at ease. This process is very complicated with a lot of decisions to be made that will impact the construction and operational cost. These decisions must be evaluated for each client's business model.  

As an owner's representative, we offer our clients to utilize our 30+ years’ experience to protect their interests. We do this by overseeing all aspects of development and construction processes. From site selection and purchase agreements to contractor selection and building turnover, the Element team supports our clients to navigate the complexities of the construction industry today.

Wouldn’t it be great to have an experienced professional on your team representing you?
Our goal is to save each of our client’s more money than our consulting fee.