Since 2012, Nations Group has been bringing our specialized owner's representation 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?
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 owner's representation?
An owner's rep is the center of a collaborative project team. We ask the right questions and change the perception that there's only one way to get a project done. We seek out cost savings without sacrificing scope, quality or time. We 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 and construction 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. Experienced owner's representation means the preventive work is done before starting out, the project is closely monitored, any necessary adjustments are made appropriately along the way and any upcoming potholes are avoided.
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, mitigate risk, get the best quality possible, finish on time and have constant, honest, two-way communication. 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.
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.
Nations Group 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 a variety of facilities and capital projects roles for various universities across the country, where he was responsible for the daily oversight and construction management 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 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 – they're experts in the construction management component of owner's representation services.
"Mindset is what separates the best from the rest."
Jessica began her communications career in the construction management 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 for owner's representation clients.
"Make it simple, but significant."