Our process is project specific and is customized to suit each client’s specific requirements
We can offer valuable services for every stage of your project – from inception to the end of its useful life. We believe the only way a company in our industry can eliminate client risk and virtually guarantee project success is to be part of your team throughout. Once you try it, we think you will agree that it is the future of construction.
We have the skills and experience necessary to lead your project from the feasibility analysis, through to detailed design, securing approvals and construction – all the way through to the on-going maintenance of your structure to ensure that your investment is protected.
An outline of our process is listed below:
The most difficult task is getting a project off the ground. We can help with everything from project financing, to development and design management, and providing constructibility and facilities management input into design.
Phase 1: Feasibility Study
Our feasibility process is designed to objectively and rationally uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed venture, opportunities and threats present, the resources required to carry through, and ultimately the prospects for success. Steps in the feasibility process include:
- site visits / client meetings to determine the underlying needs and desires to be fulfilled
- development of a conceptual design and site layout
- zoning compliance review
- environmental / conservation authority review
- other applicable regulatory review
- planning / timelines / scheduling
- initial budgeting
Only upon selection of an initial site layout & draft design that meets regulatory requirements, as well as budget, financing & scheduling constraints do we proceed to the next phase.
Phase 2: Detailed Design
Based upon the initial site layout & draft design developed in the feasibility study, we will assemble the best team of specialists for the scope of work required on the project including, as needed: Designers / Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Planners, Legal, Financial, etc.
We will then manage the design team to ensure a co-ordinated approach is used to develop the design. At various milestones along the design process, we will review the design with the client to ensure the needs and desires continue to be fulfilled by the chosen design. This is the part of the process where clients often get excited – seeing their vision laid out, having to choose the colours, finishes, trims, etc.
Upon completion of the detailed design we will prepare a preliminary construction budget and schedule. We can also offer value engineering services by recommending alternate systems and finishes to align the design with budget exceptions.
Phase 3: Approvals
During the feasibility and design stages, the client will be informed of the approval process, and the anticipated minimum standards required. As/when needed pre-consultations with government agencies will be held to gather feedback required to ensure the complete detailed design meets the various codes, regulations, acts, etc. the project requires.
Upon completion of a satisfactory design we will prepare the necessary documentation to allow the client to submit the design to the various approving agencies. We will continue to assist the client in obtaining the required approvals in a timely fashion.
Phase 4: Construction Documents
Upon completion of the detailed design and the subsequent agency approvals, we will then prepare the construction documents. These documents will detail the construction specifications, methods and procedures to be used. At the same time we will prepare a detailed construction schedule, including timing limitations imposed by the regulatory agencies as well as a detailed construction budget. We will also facilitate shop drawing procurement and working drawings.
In the end it matters not what you plan or design, but only what you actually build! We believe the construction phase is the most critical as this will determine the structure you live, play or work in, and ultimately maintain. We have developed a highly organized and transparent system for managing our construction projects from our first meeting with you to the project’s completion.
Typically most new construction follows similar paths and we are ready to complete as many or as few steps as your project requires.
- Site Preparation: Installation of driveway or dock, clearing of vegetation, installation of water lines or well plus sewer lines or septic system, utilities (electricity, natural gas, telephone, cable TV, etc.), as well as any site grading required.
- Foundation: Installation of whatever foundation method is chosen – piles, piers, spread footings, caissons, club footings, etc.
- Framing: Installation of structural members, floors, as well as wall partitions. Typically either wood, steel or concrete is used.
- Exterior Finishing & Window Installation : wood, vinyl or aluminium siding, brick, or stone, are the most common choices for exteriors.
- Services – electrical, plumbing, ventilation, internet, cable, telephone, etc.
- Insulation: regardless if it is Fiberglass, Roxul, or foam, you should never see it but you should always feel the difference a well insulated building makes!
- Interior Finishing: flooring, walls, ceilings, moulding, trim, etc.
- Landscaping: grass, trees, flower beds, patios, decks, etc.
- Interior Decorating: appliances, furniture, curtains, etc.
We take pride in what we build. We don’t just build, we build with purpose! We know how each step affects the next, which ultimately affects how you live.
Our team has extensive experience with Ministry of Labour regulations, Health & Safety Issues, Conservation Authority / Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) rules, Municipal By-laws, Ministry of Natural Resource (MNR) regulations, Ministry of Environment (MOE) regulations, Ministry of Transportation (MTO) regulations, Ontario Provincial Standard Specifications (OPSS), etc. We will work with clients to make sure the construction follows the applicable local laws. We will take the time to explain the duties and responsibilities of all parties to ensure compliance with health & safety and environmental laws and the impact of adherence on these laws on the project budget and schedule.
For us, nothing is out of scope, and we’re always up for a challenge.
When other builders and designers walk away, we will still be there for you. Upon completion of your project, The Gonneau Building Group can provide you with an Operations and Maintenance Manual that contains quick reference material on products, warranties and contact information – like an owner’s manual for your new building. We will be there to assist you to manage, operate, maintain, and renew your building, so it continues to live up to your expectations.
ONGOING MAINTENANCE The Gonneau Building Group is not only dedicated to providing outstanding construction and project management services but ongoing maintenance. We have been in the industry long enough to recognize that ongoing care and maintenance of your structure is essential to its preservation and operation. A well maintained structure helps to minimize unforeseen expenditures.
The services provided by our client services team fall into three basic categories:
1. Routine Maintenance
The Gonneau Building Group can coordinate the work required to repair and maintain your building. To prevent emergencies and equipment breakdown, our team prepares a comprehensive program of ongoing maintenance activities on its building systems. Our preventive program consists of work performed according to the manufacturers’ and our recommended maintenance procedures. Examples include: spring and winter preparation, HVAC filter change out, eaves clean-out, mechanical and electrical systems maintenance, heat trace cables, etc.
2. Renewal Maintenance
We recognize that even though you might have been keeping up with routine maintenance, there will always be things that come up unexpectedly, or items that need to be renewed. Our staff is available to resolve any maintenance items that may arise at any given time. The Gonneau Building Group has identified the following types of renewal maintenance that can occur in any building:
Planned Renewal Maintenance – repair or replacement of obsolete, worn, broken, or inoperative building parts. Caulking shrinks, weather stripping frays, canopies fade, docks and decks rot with time, etc. Maintenance items such as these can typically be planned and budgeted in advance.
Reactive Renewal Maintenance – unplanned maintenance of a nuisance nature (i.e. doors not latching properly, etc.) that should be fixed to eliminate more costly damage and repairs.
Emergency Maintenance – unscheduled work that requires immediate action to restore services, to remove problems that could interrupt activities, or to protect life and property. (i.e. Mother Nature regularly tests our facilities, and despite our best efforts, sometimes she wins!)
3. Customer Upgrades
Over time, customer needs and preferences change – rooms are repurposed, styles change, new technology becomes available. Regardless if the carpet needs to be changed to hardwood, the lighting is upgraded to automatic LED bulbs, or a more energy efficient heating system is installed, we recognize that a building isn’t static and sometimes a little refresher is needed. This work may be operational, minor trades work, or even minor alteration or construction (i.e. installation of a wheel chair ramp). As your builder, we know your building inside and out, which is why our clients typically feel most comfortable with having us perform any additional service work they may require after the completion of their project.