The quality of work product depends heavily on our ability to listen and understand what will complement our Clients’ business. Communication is key.
Telios prides itself on developing concepts, plans, and specifications ahead of schedule to affirm what we have heard. In other words, “our heart is in the right place” and we strive to design the right system, the first time, both in life cycle value and complexity. Successful communication is validated, when we produce a work product early, with ample time for the Client to review. We hope the feedback is “yes, that is what we are looking for.” If done ahead of schedule, any miscommunication has time to adjust the work product and remain on the overall project schedule.
Progressive work product also gives more clarity to the market for pricing. If our designs are more developed than expected, the market has more information to provide a more accurate budget or offer ideas that may be incorporated into the balance of the design schedule. Either possibility provides value to the Client.
In short, Telios Quality is listening closely; utilizing our in-depth experience to produce quickly; and publish for Client-market feedback. This approach avoids surprises, and leads to successfully constructing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and low voltage systems.
Quality Control is also inherently found in our Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Building Information Modeling (“BIM”) has been in the market for over 10 years. Telios completed its first BIM-based project in 2008. Then the software was cumbersome for building systems designs, and design efforts heavily focused on software navigation.
Today, Telios has more than 3 million square feet of BIM-based MEP and Low Voltage System designs; the software has improved exponentially and thus design efforts are squarely focused on the project.
Currently, BIM implies a three-dimensional design effort, which in essence brings the field conditions into initial design effort. It brings the architectural and structural elements of a project front-and-center to the building systems design, and thus guides the constructability of MEP and Low Voltage Systems into the virtual world.
In addition, BIM inherently demands the design team to draw with more discipline. Each design discipline (e.g., architect, structural, civil, MEP and low voltage) rely on the information developed by its associate designers, to accurately document their work product. Such organic accountability during design, has consistently led to a better, more comprehensive work product for the entire project.
Project Delivery Methods
Telios has teamed in design-bid-build; design-assist; and design-build project delivery methods. Though design-bid-build may be considered the ‘classic approach, each method has its place and purpose in today’s market. Telios regularly counsels Clients during project development of the method most suitable for a given project endeavor.
The driving factors for selecting the appropriate delivery method is typically centered around: first cost versus lifecycle cost priorities; available time for project delivery; the complexity of the project; and market sophistication, and relationships.
Telios continues to stress our desire to complement our Clients’ business and it begins by being flexible, and nimble to the delivery method that is most suitable to the relationship, both in Telios-Client contract structures, and ultimately, delivering our work product.