Velocity is defined by an object’s rate of change of its speed and direction. LIFTbuild redefines traditional construction and brings Velocity to the forefront of our process–our projects have changed the speed and direction of construction. Through our reconfigured direction of construction and simplified systems, along with maximizing off-site construction, the Velocity with which we deliver our projects will change through continuous improvement. LIFTbuild is benchmarking schedule savings of a rate at least 30% better than traditional construction. Our lifting process eliminates the need for tower cranes and additional equipment–the number of inefficient lifts may be reduced by 300%.
One of the greatest risks of traditional delivery methods is the inability to ensure final project cost at the conceptual stage of a project. These traditional methods typically involve the approximation and development of materials, systems, and details on a project-by-project basis, which are then installed in field conditions by different trades under highly variable working conditions. All of these factors result in hidden costs for significant waste, re-work, contingencies, and inefficient assembly processes, as well as negative impacts to the consistency and quality of the final, finished project.
Although a number of factors may impact potential cost reduction, actual experience has proven the potential exists to significantly reduce the cost of construction while simultaneously improving the schedule. Value within a LIFTbuild project is driven from the combined savings of real cost through more efficient material and construction uses as well as calculated value through schedule improvement resulting in savings through less interest paid on borrowed investments and recognizing revenue sooner through product market delivery.
LIFTbuild’s approach to working with a select group of common team members and increasing efficiency through re-engineered fabrication and controlled assembly processes greatly reduces waste and variability associated with traditional construction methods. The result is overall cost improvement and higher levels of consistent quality. By simplified means and methods through our applied manufacturing processes, project Certainty is built through our confidence in our engineered solutions and our ROPE® (Resource Optimization Planning Execution) process. Truly beginning with the end in mind creates a level of Certainty that is lacking in traditionally built projects.
Certainty cannot be created alone in a vacuum – LIFTbuild’s success through Certainty requires an integrated team on board from the project’s inception, including project ownership, design, engineering, and construction teams, along with design-assist suppliers. It is with this team makeup that each project is able to fully realize the potential of Velocity, Value, Certainty, and Safety.
Events caused by gravity (most specifically, various types of falls) are the leading cause of serious accidents or fatalities in the construction industry. LIFTbuild’s erection sequence provides significant improvement in trade safety by simultaneously maintaining conditions in which workers are not exposed to heights requiring tie-off and by providing permanent fall protection (building envelope) from the ground level.
The repetitive nature of assembly components, increased off-site fabrication, and working on-grade have been sanctioned by trade associations as breakthrough improvements to worker safety. Another important safety consideration for building occupants is the ability to enclose interior floors immediately upon their initial construction.
The process of enclosing indoor floors immediately provides a weather-proof barrier from elements as interior systems and finishes are being installed. As opposed to traditional erection sequences, this eliminates the risk of mold and other environmental hazards infiltrating the finished building product and resulting in unsafe conditions for end users, thereby mitigating sick building syndrome.