I think of the Technical Team’s function as getting the strategy and design to achieve the client’s budget whilst delivering on the design brief. Part of it is really looking to understand the workplace strategy and objectives of the business whilst leveraging the technical expertise of the team to inform the design phase. This integrated approach ensures we can take into account all aspects of the project early on and work through all the moving parts with maximum efficiency. For example, it is obviously very important to identify key milestones during the pre-construction phase before the team gets on-site.
The industry in New Zealand has a reputation for charging variations to contract which is something we simply do not do. We understand how important it is for our clients to be able to rely on the budgets we communicate to be an accurate reflection of what the final project cost is going to be. We put a lot of effort and care into ensuring they can do that at every point of the design process with our progressive budgeting methodology. Part of the role is to ensure the contract, terms of the contractor, agreement, negotiation, tendering, and to prepare a nice and tidy project delivery. I attend most of our project PCGs to keep in close touch with what is happening day to day.
Firstly, I think for timing you have to see if their program is realistic and achievable. Having a Technical Consultant on a project is not just looking at the design, but also focusing on timing milestones that really helps driving pace of the project versus only focusing on design, which can easily lead to missing deadlines or not anticipating delays enough in advance.
The budget is an interesting thing, obviously arriving at a lump sum contract we show our clients we assume the risk and at that point. We have no variations, and we don’t even use that term in the team because essentially if we do everything in pure diligence in the design phase, there is no need for variations on a project. Ultimately, if the design phase is done well, then we achieve project completion without variations on site.
To cut the question, I don’t really know a platform that takes a lot of effort to build that into a team in finding the skill set. It is really the process of making sure that all the different kinds of discipline are working together to achieve the end result.