Our design and build services are separated here for convenience sake, but in reality they comprise our seamless design/build delivery process. Managing the project delivery process is the core strength of MATERIA, something at which we excel beyond all our competition. This capability provides us consistent control over the vital requirements of schedule, quality and cost, and allows us to consistently deliver top quality economically and on time.
Each new project undertaken by MATERIA is treated as unique, with a custom delivery strategy developed in direct response to the singular set of considerations presented by the project. This custom strategy, however, is developed through a uniform process unique to MATERIA that embraces the spectrum of activities from pre-construction through design, engineering, procurement, fabrication, assembly and erection.
Project management is an empowered function at MATERIA, and key to our success. Personnel skilled and experienced in project management are vital to the success of any construction project. Our project management teams lead design development, production engineering, fabrication, assembly and field operations, bridging these various activities to form an organized, unified continuum of project development throughout the design and build process. MATERIA project management personnel receive extensive training and years of on-the-job experience before being appointed to the position and entrusted with the responsibility of running their own projects.
Our people understand the critical importance of a building project being delivered on-time and on-budget, a fact that our past clients can best attest to. We will happily provide you with such references.
The facade systems fabrication and assembly is a critically important part of the project development process. MATERIA maintains dedicated manufacturing operations in key geographic locations capable of providing fabrication services with different kind of materials for the most complex designs and the most challenging project schedules. These facilities incorporate state-of-the-art equipment and processes for curtainwall unit fabrication and assembly, also metallic facades, ceramic facades, GFRC facades and much more.
To provide adequate capacity for the fluctuating demands typical of the building marketplace, we have developed this network of outside fabrication sources. These partner fabricators and material suppliers have been rigorously trained and qualified in relevant aspects of curtainwall and facade systems of MATERIA.
Design or material supply problems surfacing in manufacturing are a frustrating and costly annoyance, while design or manufacturing problems surfacing on the building site are a disaster. There is far too much at stake in the building process to settle for anything less than top quality and the programs that consistently deliver it. Effective quality programs garner the participation of everyone in the organization from top to bottom while reaching throughout the web of company operations and activities. We have developed and refined our quality assurance and quality control programs over the span of many years. These programs are robust and all embracing, ranging from management systems and procedures to the minutia of in-line quality verification processes. In addition, we develop a specific quality plan for each new project based on an analysis that identifies and accounts for any unique aspect of the project whether it is material type, location, site condition, performance requirement or design detail.
We would be happy to provide you with a more detailed summary of our quality assurance program.
Everyone involved in the construction process knows the critical importance of the building site, the playing field for the contracting teams. This is where the myriad complexities of a construction project converge and coalesce into architecture. The building site must be a particular focus for systems such as the building skin, where a large part of the process takes place off site; design, engineering, fabrication and assembly all precede the delivery of material to the site and the commencement of field installation. Yet the site is where all must come together. These preceding activities must be accomplished with a keen eye to the site, anticipating unique site-specific requirements and developing effective installation strategy to assure optimum performance. Poor performance by a single contractor can disrupt an entire building site.
Our performance on the building site mitigates risk for both the design and build teams. This core strength has proven an effective tool in helping architects realize their design intent while staying within a determined budget, while assisting general contractors in controlling the building site and maintaining project schedules, and in providing owners a top quality building coupled with the economics of efficient delivery.
The MATERIA field operations teams manage our site operations across the country. They begin their project involvement in collaboration with the pre-sales design and estimating team, assisting in analyzing the site, determining installation strategy and preparing for the project bid. On new contracts they continue this involvement by coordinating installation requirements through all pre-installation activity: design, engineering, fabrication and delivery.
Our project managers and field supervisors undertake comprehensive installation planning and the development of a unique strategy carefully tuned to the specific requirements of each project and building site. They are in constant motion visiting active sites on a regular basis, monitoring progress and looking for opportunities to expedite work.
Our people understand the building site. Constrained urban sites with ambitious building programs present perhaps the biggest single challenge in the entire building process. Virtually every aspect of the facade design must be considered with respect to the building site, with many design decisions ultimately constrained by the realities to be encountered there.
The success of MATERIA as a provider of facade systems, results in large measure from the ability of the firm to design, engineer, fabricate, assemble and deliver a product in support of a superior installation strategy, a product that goes together faster and cheaper on the building site. This is not simply a matter of a good anchor detail; it is a function of advanced system design, delivery sequencing, material handling, crew rotations, equipment usage, and the minutia of planning and scheduling amidst the remarkable complexity of a demanding building site.
We have a comprehensive site safety plan that instigates and manages a project specific safety program for all of our employees and subcontractors. The program consists of training, weekly toolbox meetings and careful site evaluation prior to the commencement of work activities. Our safety program includes the following practices: