FROM FEASIBILITY TO FINAL CLOSE-OUT
Since 2012, Nations Group has been bringing our specialized skill set to facility development for higher education institutions, K-12 schools, sports and entertainment projects and municipalities across the country. Because each member of our team offers a specific type of experience, we have the unique ability to examine a project and provide a realistic, viable and comprehensive plan of action that helps our clients achieve the results they need.
What takes a project from good to great? Let's be honest – almost anyone can build a good building. A good design team can design it. A good general contractor can construct it. A good project manager can oversee it.
A great project begins and ends with creating a sustainable, positive, engaging experience for its end users. It goes beyond site selection, square footage, materials and numbers. It's more than the data a feasibility study can provide. A great project merges the practicality of logistics and budgets with the energy of innovation and creativity.
It's not about building a building. It's about creating an experience.
So why hire an owner's rep?
An owner's rep is at the center of a collaborative project team. We're there to ask the right questions and change the perception that there's only one way to get a project done. We're there to seek out cost savings without sacrificing scope, quality or time. We're there to help lead, analyze, strategize, problem-solve, push, pull, communicate, champion, inspire – and ultimately, ensure that in all the details, we never lose sight of the goal.
If you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.
Strategy: a plan of action, with a vision, goals, supporting tactics, and expected results. It lays out the who, what, when, where, why and how of getting a project done on time and on budget.
A vision without strategy remains an illusion.
Doing a facilities project without having a project management strategy and team in place is like going on a road trip in a car with two flat tires – you might eventually get to where you need to be, but it'll take longer and there's a lot of risk involved along the way. An experienced owner's representative does the preventive work before you even get started, monitors what's going on, makes any necessary adjustments along the way and makes sure you avoid any upcoming potholes.
What does a true owner's rep offer that a traditional construction project manager doesn't? Decisions are made based on what we would want done if we were the project owner: save money, get the best quality possible, finish on time and have constant, honest, two-way communication. Having a project management strategy developed with no hidden agenda or bias involved means budgets and deadlines are met, quality assurance is consistently maintained, and fees do not increase.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
The gap between available public resources and the costs for much-needed infrastructure and facilities has grown significantly wider. Our experience providing feasible project delivery and financing options will help you bridge that gap.
Whether you have a set budget for a facility project, need to know what's realistic based on the market and current construction costs, or if you're in the exploratory phase of starting to set fundraising goals or creating budgets based on bond amounts, we will show you what's truly possible.
Identifying the actual project cost, the cost of financing, your design guidelines, procurement policies and any internal fees means we can create a finance solution to get you where you need to be and manage your costs along the way.
We look for viable ways to help expedite the project schedule, save money, create flexibility around procurement systems and present alternative finance options - all with the knowledge of what it takes to deliver a specialty product on time and on budget.
People who say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
As President of Nations Group, Chris is the strategy behind planning, financing, constructing and managing complex facilities projects. He launched his career over 20 years ago, serving in university administrator roles, responsible for overseeing and managing the construction of some of the most prestigious athletic facilities in the country.
"It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen."
With over 30 years of experience, Vice President of Construction Services Steve Bauer is who you want on your side during a construction project. He manages every detail, knows every cost, and tracks every change order request. Want your project delivered on time and on budget? Steve and his team will get you there with no surprises.
"Mindset is what separates the best from the rest."
Jessica began her communications career in the residential and commercial construction industry more than 20 years ago. As Vice President of Strategic Communications and Marketing, she is responsible for internal and external communications, strategic engagement strategy, marketing activities, strategic planning and messaging and data analytics.
"Make it simple, but significant."