MARANT Clients Embrace Pre-Construction Approach
Long before interior construction actually begins, MARANT Construction is hard at work, consulting and collaborating with its clients and their consultants. That’s why it is now a recognized leader in the construction of commercial interior offices. And why its list of clients continues to grow, both in Toronto and, more recently, in Ottawa.
While MARANT understands that contracts are generally awarded to the lowest bidder, it believes clients are better served when the company it hires serves as a construction consultant. “By taking a collaborative approach to the construction management,” says founder and president, Gino Vettoretto, “we integrate design development with our pre-construction process. Essentially, we become a key member of the project’s “core” team, acting as a construction consultant.”
For clients, that means a controlled pre-construction process, one in which MARANT functions in a strategic capacity with the core team to identify and resolve issues proactively. The process is a “risk management” approach, aligning the budget and schedule to corporate objectives well in advance of sub-trade tendering. By ensuring a tight set of tender documents, they maximize competitive pricing and eliminate costly changes later.
As a result of this construction management approach, says Matthew DiCintio, MARANT’s Director of Operations in the National Capital Region, “we come to really understand client’s perspective. And that means we can be sure that the design remains within the desired budget without jeopardizing the design intent.” In fact, MARANT is so committed to its construction management model that it provides the service even when working under a stipulated contract.
“It is,” says Gino, “the only way we know how to do it.”
Judging by its success in Toronto and Ottawa, MARANT’s clients are pleased they do. Not only is its reputation for quality, professional service, and health and safety well established, it has underpinned the company’s success since 1999.
“Our partnership approach was welcomed in Toronto,” says Matthew. “We’ve been in Ottawa for just five years and it’s clearly being welcomed here.”