Your program is a significant investment that deserves more than on-budget, on-time delivery. As a program management firm who has contributed to more than $50B in public and private programs internationally, Gafcon has developed an incredible depth of resources that offer strategic opportunities to support you in exceeding your program objectives and delivering value long after your program is complete.
Anticipating Our Clients’ Needs
Staying ahead of trends within the construction industry enables Gafcon to forecast the future of program management, proactively anticipating our clients’ needs and focusing our services to deliver innovative solutions to complex problems. Every program is unique, and our services are tailored to meet your specific goals. Whether it’s day-to-day management or staff augmentation support, Gafcon has the in-house program management expertise you require.
Creating Value for Our Clients
Natural problem solvers, our program managers scale in and out of the program to understand the full context of your business and offer solutions that go far beyond program and project delivery—from creative value engineering strategies to state-of-the-art program management tools that provide value long after the last program dollar has been spent. We endeavor to make certain that your facilities continue to operate with a synergy of economy and efficiency, and that we have collaborated with you to create a positive impact within our vibrant community. It’s the Gafcon Way.
There is only one opportunity to build your project correctly. However, the project lifecycle offers many opportunities for added value…if you have the right resources.
Delivering with the Highest Quality
Gafcon is proud to represent some of the industry’s leading professionals in construction project management. They are tenacious, with a thirst for knowledge, and client objectives are their top priority. They are also creative strategists, unearthing cost savings and preemptively mitigating challenges. Perfectionists to the core, you can rest assured your project will be delivered with an emphasis on quality.
To Gafcon, delivering with the highest quality means encouraging collaboration at every level, including within our internal team. Our project managers have access to some of the industry’s leading experts in areas like constructability, cost management, scheduling, and construction technology. From the conceptual phase to project close-out, this means that we offer you lean project management teams with powerful resources that add value with no added cost.
With more than 30 years of experience under our tool belts, Gafcon’s construction managers have walked thousands of construction sites, safeguarding our clients’ vision and ensuring quality through a collaborative construction management approach.
Our Clients’ Partner
When is the best time to consult a construction manager? Well before your project proceeds out of CADD and onto the construction site. But whenever our boots hit the ground, Gafcon’s construction managers leverage a robust toolbox of proven methodologies to mitigate risk before the first shovel meets the dirt. Through the execution of detailed constructability, peer, and value engineering reviews, as well as a cadre of other proven Gafcon processes, we minimize risk, encourage safety, and foster a collaborative environment that is focused on a single goal: yours.
Our goal is to transform the building lifecycle: to make it less expensive, faster, and safer while improving quality, through a focus on processes and technologies. With experience in education, healthcare, commercial, entertainment, public, private, and high tech, we are a full-service Owners’ Representative that differentiates our firm through the innovative incorporation of technology within a collaborative and transparent project approach. These technologies include the implementation of project and program management systems from an Owner’s perspective, as well as building information modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction (VDC), business intelligence and reporting, geographical information systems (GIS), reality capture, internet of things (IoT), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and supporting data services. We are software agnostic, and work with you to choose the best technology solution for your project—delivering the visibility, transparency, and governance that you desire, with the collaboration and control that you require.
Technology is rapidly evolving, and the construction industry generally lags significantly behind all other industries. At Gafcon, we strive to stay ahead of the curve, incorporating the latest emerging technologies and processes to augment your existing systems to keep our clients ahead of their competition. We provide the right technology process to effectively and efficiently complete the project lifecycle. Thus, we assist in making the unpredictable, predictable.
Projects and programs require a single source of truth, where all facilities and construction activities can be tracked by everyone, from the client to the general contractor and architect to the project managers and field personnel. Even the best managed projects and programs will experience unpredictable events. However, knowing the progression of your project with real time visibility into cost, scope, and schedule provides information to all and keeps surprises to a minimum. Our technology professionals work side-by-side with program, project, and construction managers so they have first-hand insight into challenges at every level. We have worked to develop key configurations inside technology solutions that address these challenges and lead to our clients’ success.
We are technology agnostic, partnering with companies like Unifier, eBuilder, Kahua, and others, to provide the best possible solution for each client’s needs.
A key component of our PMIS success is our ability to leverage best-in-class technology solutions, integrated within a BIM centric workflow, to support the entire lifecycle of a project—from concept and construction through ongoing operations and maintenance.
Gafcon is currently providing Digital Twin technology for one of our confidential high-tech “Fortune 50” clients. This is placing us at the forefront of this emerging technology. Digital Twin is the buzz right now, allowing for amazing integration of all construction disciplines to one true source of information. Digital Twin is the virtual model of a physical asset. Every component of the physical asset is represented in the virtual model, along with its functionality. The virtual model is connected to the physical asset over a network to collect data from the operations and give inputs into the working of the physical asset. Gafcon’s OneModel Approach allows us to help the sophisticated user “build the project before the project is built.” The OneModel delivers data collaboration, which facilitates human collaboration. This process allows Owners more predictability in cost, schedule, quality, and safety.
The OneModel Approach includes:
Gafcon incorporates an Owner’s perspective to our implementation of VDC solutions on capital building programs and projects. Our interest is not in specific software or narrow use cases, it is in how we maximize the value of each technology to assist project Owners to better define, implement, and manage a project’s scope.
VDC solutions are becoming more sophisticated and improving our ability to effectively deliver projects. But it can be a challenge to navigate and evaluate the growing number of applications on the market and their advancing functionality. We aid our clients in leveraging VDC tools as diverse as BIM, GIS, IoT, VR and AR, but within integrated and accessible solutions that address unique organizational requirements.
Gafcon provides strategic consulting services to assist project owners in articulating their vision, creating technology roadmaps, and defining requirements for the teams working on their projects. Our technical resources design, implement, and maintain the technology platform solutions required to effectively optimize VDC processes. We augment our client’s staff with the people they require in order to execute new best practices that increase efficiencies, improve quality, and mitigate risk throughout the entire value chain in the project.
Gafcon delivers program controls that are more than just continuous process improvement based on our vast experience. We apply robust technologies with automated business logic or on-demand performance reporting. It is having the right people in place to identify, set, and manage expectations while having the resources to effectively mitigate risks that may adversely affect desired outcomes. Our collaborative connection with a variety of clients allows us to transfer skills and knowledge from industry to industry, from one successful project to the next.
A successful program or project is not without strong governance to support an effective program controls infrastructure. The integration of effective controls in an established governance model is an art as well as a science, and one of the many features of The Gafcon Way. We continue to build upon key foundations in program controls such as scope planning and management, cost and fund management, change management, schedule management, and risk management. These functions, when executed properly, are drivers to deliver a comprehensive assessment of any program or project. Quality assurance and controls reinforce best practices and identify areas for improvement while performance reporting is our real-time measurement of where we are and where we must to go.
Our Program Controls Services include:
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Gafcon has managed over $5B in Labor Compliance Programs (LCPs) for diverse clientele throughout California.
Labor law is a complex and ever-changing landscape. From education to entertainment, affordable housing to public works, your project needs an experienced and knowledgeable labor relations team—one that keeps the pulse of federal, state, and local requirements to help you navigate a constantly evolving field. Using proven and sound methodologies, we commit to delivering results and investing in your success.
As one of California’s first State-Approved Labor Compliance Programs, Gafcon has amassed years of lessons-learned. We have a deep understanding of the nuances of prevailing wage enforcement. This enables Gafcon to craft and implement a proactive approach to meeting your compliance needs. The Gafcon Way mitigates risk by ensuring contractors know the rules and regulations prior to starting work on the project.
Creating value for our clients and our communities is a vital component of Gafcon’s purpose. When you partner with Gafcon, you receive the collective knowledge of industry experts who have relevant and critical experience delivering labor consulting services as a collaborative partner—focused on delivering long-term solutions that leave a lasting, positive impact on your organization.
Our Services Include:
For labor relations inquiries, please contact Lizette Rodriguez
Labor Relations Manager
A Project Labor Agreement, more commonly referred to as a PLA, is becoming more and more common in Southern California and you need a firm that has the experience to manage your agreement to ensure the successful delivery of your project. Gafcon has managed over $1B of construction projects that are subject to a PLA for both public and private owners, so we understand what it takes to make the agreement and the project a success.
From negotiations and implementation to the management of the agreement, Gafcon is a partner with all parties involved. Our experience within the labor compliance field has provided us a keen understanding of trades and their applicable duties, allowing us to effectively work with trade representatives to head off any issues before they arise.
We approach PLA compliance the same way we do services: with clear, honest, and open communication and a drive to work as a team with all stakeholders to deliver the project on time with no hindrances.
Understanding the ever-changing skilled and trained legislation can be overwhelming, and ensuring compliance can be extremely difficult. Contractors at all tiers are required to have a certain percentage of their journeymen be graduates of state-approved apprenticeship programs. Therefore, it is imperative to closely monitor the prime contractor on your project, as well as their subcontractors. Gafcon has experience designing, implementing, and enforcing skilled and trained programs throughout the state, and we can help you avoid any pitfalls on your upcoming projects.
A key component of any successful construction project is the support and participation from the local businesses and residents. Utilizing local contractors and community residents fosters a socio-economically strong community and a strong local support of the project.
Having worked on a variety of projects in communities all over California, Gafcon understands and embraces the importance of community buy-in and participation. Gafcon works with owners, contractors, and local community groups to create, champion, and track a program for local hire and local participation. Using our experience in creating and managing local hire/outreach programs, we will assist you in ensuring that you meet your goals.
If something goes off target on a project, whether it’s complete or just commencing, finding out how and why things went amiss can be a real challenge. Gafcon takes a professional, third-party approach to investigating each issue for our Owners, resolving claims by leveraging in-house experts in cost estimating, schedule management, documentation, and project/construction management.
Become Our Clients’ Partner
As advocates for our clients, we provide expert witness testimony, as well as guidance on next steps to steer the project back on the right path. We offer guidance and solutions for schedule delay analysis and delay claims, claim mitigation and avoidance, cost analysis, change order impact, damage assessments, labor relations, and more. In one instance, we were able to save our client $265K by reducing a delay claim more than 80%. Whether the problem is identified, or it is just intuition, Gafcon is here to assess the project and provide expert insights that improve transparency and support moving forward successfully. Our team of experts are listed below.
Communication and outreach are fundamental to our work. As taxpayers fund the majority of our programs, transparency is an essential requirement for a program’s success. Gafcon’s clients demand and deserve a strategic and well-executed communications program that incorporates every form of outreach including well-designed and user-friendly websites, newsletters, reports and specialty publications, performance dashboards, and well-organized events. We are committed to proactively telling the story of your accomplished work to build and maintain the public’s trust and confidence.
Gafcon supports and manages the structure and functions of state-required educational bond program citizen oversight committees. Our experienced communications staff supports these important and valued advisory groups, providing everything from strategic member recruitment recruitment and management of meeting agendas and activities, to developing presentations, providing meeting minutes, and ensuring full compliance and transparency with state requirements.
All five of the bond programs in San Diego County that Gafcon is managing received an “A” on the San Diego County Taxpayers’ Education Foundation’s 2018 School Bond Transparency in San Diego County Summary Report (Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD), Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD), Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD), San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), and San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD)). Each met all or most of the 25 categories on the availability and accessibility of public information on bond programs.
Our services include:
Gafcon’s 32 years in program construction/project management and our work in labor compliance has been of incredible value to our clients due to our relationships and successful outreach to local contractors, trades, and related professional consultants, including disadvantaged and other underutilized businesses. Our clients have seen an increase in both the quantity and quality of bids and programs geared toward small businesses have seen dramatic and positive results from outreach events.
For example, Gafcon and GCCCD hosted an outreach event at Cuyamaca College for small, underutilized, and local firms. Contractors were given an overview of upcoming projects, the schedule for bids on summer projects, and a glimpse into future projects for the campus. This was the most attended outreach event under Proposition V, with more than 80% from local firms. We also assisted Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District increase bid interest by more than 300% through strategic communication outreach!
After 30 years in program and project management, we have come to realize that a successful project does more than focus on close-out from day one. As a result of Gafcon’s continuous efforts to seek new knowledge and anticipate our clients’ needs, we have identified critical fields of expertise that mitigate risk from day one, protecting your interests, and achieving your vision.
There’s a final opportunity to add a level of quality assurance to your design before your project enters construction—that opportunity is the peer review. Gafcon’s Quality Management Program provides our clients with valuable input that improves the construction process while reducing costs—we accomplish this by performing both Peer and Constructability Reviews. During Peer Reviews, Gafcon’s team of professionals carefully review the design and provide alternatives that address and improve building costs and performance. Constructability Reviews focus on identifying and recommending improvements on buildability, bid-ability, building systems and interdisciplinary coordination—these recommendations improve the overall quality of the design and construction documents resulting in substantial reduction of contractor change orders and requests for information (RFIs). Each one targets a different strategy, but they all result in value-added benefits that positively affect your bottom line.
Our clients are able to implement Gafcon-recommended saving strategies ranging from 5% to 10% of their total construction budget. For example, Cuyamaca College’s initial Student Center design left the food services to be constructed at a later time; however, Gafcon recommended it be built into the renovation, thus saving the client $40,000 and three-months of the project schedule. In another instance, we were able to recommend the utilization of a modular steel framing system that saved $500,000 and reduced the schedule by five to seven weeks.
Gafcon’s experience with programming and planning projects, as well as overseeing their construction, means that we can add value early on resulting in savings to both cost and schedule.
After more than 30 years and over 3,000 successful projects across a wide range of market sectors, Gafcon’s scheduling services are unparalleled. Our history as a program, project, and construction manager for complex projects means that we offer an increased understanding of how to address and balance your schedule—particularly when time is money.
Scheduling remains one of the most critical components of planning and construction, starting with the Critical Path Method (CPM) schedule. Your project is a journey and a high-quality CPM schedule plays many roles including prophet, guide, and historian. Your schedule will look ahead to the future to proactively identify challenges, advocate efficiency and communicate potential delays or disruptions, and provide a record of lessons learned. It can also assist in quantifying damages after the project has been completed.
Gafcon leverages the best in technology to improve our scheduling methodologies, focusing on efficiency and collaboration. We have revolutionized pull planning for our clients by developing a hybrid model that allows us to draw the schedule to scale, demonstrating dates, durations, relationships, and impact. This method improves short-term schedule projections and facilitates communication and collaboration more effectively.
Scheduling Services Include:
When finances are a finite resource, you require every tool at your disposal to keep your project on the right financial track—cost estimating being one of the most important tools. With the right professional, a quality cost estimate will project costs utilizing the latest industry trends, account for inflation, and utilize a database built upon costs from real projects.
Working alongside our program, project, and construction managers, Gafcon’s cost estimators have developed a strategic estimating methodology leveraging lessons learned from thousands of clients that accurately reflect the cost of your project based on its specific scope and location.
While this methodology provides for a strong foundation for your project to be built upon, it is also essential once your project commences construction. As change orders arise, Gafcon reviews the contractors’ estimates, making sure that they are not over-inflated and reflect realistic industry costs. Our cost estimate reviews during construction have shown to save approximately 20% of the potential cost of change for owners, keeping the financial health of the project on track.
Whether your project is public or private, large or small, Gafcon has the tools to look beyond the obvious, finding solutions to your complex project estimating goals.
From master planning inspiring campus environments to managing complex construction projects, Gafcon leverages lessons-learned to make sure your vision is delivered with innovation and efficiency. This big-picture-view enhances our ability to partner with you to deliver comprehensive services that work in harmony with your overall goals.
Gafcon saves our clients time and funding by providing a thorough budget analysis that leads to project prioritization for efficient planning. We are also capable programmers, understanding your unique requirements as they relate to your overall goals. Our proven budgeting, planning, and programming methodologies lead to meaningful, inspired environments.
What if you could build your project before your project is built, minimizing surprises and risk once it enters the construction stage, and increasing quality and efficiency for the entire life of your project?
Conventional project management practices are far more effective through the application of a building information modeling (BIM)/virtual design and construction (VDC) approach. It allows for more effective multi-disciplinary constructability reviews and value engineering for the development of cost and schedule reduction strategies, as well as allowing for the entire team to be orchestrated and rehearsed before ground is broken. This leads to better and more efficient use of resources with a focus on safety and quality. Gafcon has developed proven practices that lessen cost impacts. These processes yielded in excess of $7M in savings on a recent project valued at $100M.
Gafcon strives to create value that long outlasts the construction of the project itself. We make certain that the fully documented BIM is provided to those who will ultimately care for the end-result, leading to efficiencies for the entire lifecycle of your project.
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