Most owners don’t have the time or knowledge of construction to oversee building a new building. Our expertise is not only in construction but the expertise in selecting anarchitect and contractor and more importantly – negotiating a contract.
Most contracts are more complicated than a quoted fee and it’s our job to represent and protect the owner. In addition to fees for overhead and profits there are costs for general conditions, insurance & bonds, project requirements, etc. We negotiate all variables prior to recommending the owner proceed with the project.
Stonebridge’s co-owner, Reed Woods, previously owned a large construction company and has over 40 years' experience in construction. We solely represent the owner’s interest independent of the design professionals and general contractor. Many times owners will select an architect to manage a project which basically means the architect is managing themselves!
One of the most important things that we do for our owners is careful scrutinization of pay applications and invoices. Most architects do a cursory review of pay applications and okay them for payment. We go over each and every invoice and backup on a monthly basis (sometimes as large as 2000 pages for a single pay application on large projects) looking for errors and duplication.
It is not unusual to find mistakes totaling tens of thousands of dollars. Although an owner may have the staff to oversee this process, it is unlikely that they would have the construction background necessary to assess the accuracy of the invoices. We view this as an important part of our job to save our clients money.