FAQs

Why choose GBA inc?

Not your average contractor – Glenn C. Barber & Associates inc. places priority on the relationship between management and employees and the company and our clients. You’ve certainly seen our impressive work but GBA inc. is most proud of our safety record, employee benefits, and the work we all do to build a better tomorrow!

 

The GBA Difference:

 

·         Weekly on-site meetings with owner or owner-representative

·         Constant contact with architect and owner

·         Catch issues early to prevent problems and re-working

·         A strong mission to build lasting projects with integrity

·         Design-build option for more efficient management

·         A long history of success and satisfaction

·         LEED certified – ready for the future!

·         Licensed, bonded & insured

 

1.   I’m ready to build, what do I need?

  1. An experienced Contractor who understands local construction costs and local conditions.
  2. A group of design professionals and advisors who have the training and experience to solve your specific problems.
  3. Your Realtor, if the building will be leased, or your facilities manager if you have one.
  4. A Budget. Set a maximum budget from the very beginning. It’s easy for your team members to lose focus with an unlimited budget.

 

You will want a facility where you can enjoy good Function, Quality, and Aesthetics long after the initial cost is forgotten. You want to be able to afford your new facility, so budget limitations should be set. Timing is critical, as you will want to occupy your facility as soon as possible. You want to experience the minimum amount of frustration and aggravation during construction.

 

2. What are some items that should be on my priority checklist?

  • Aesthetics
  • Energy Costs
  • Financing
  • Initial Cost
  • Quality of work
  • Safety on your job

 

3. What are the different types of procuring a contractor?

 

Hard Bid: The owner advertises for bidders and accepts the lowest qualified bidder.

Select Bid: The owner selects a group of contractors to bid on the project.  The lowest qualified bid is usually accepted.

Negotiated Contract: The owner negotiates with one or more contractors, and chooses the contractor that he feels is the best for his/her project. The selection decision is usually based on Confidence, Trust, and Relationship.

 

The bidding process provides numerous opportunities for errors in calculations and judgment. That why it’s NOT the best way to get a high quality project. The Owner takes a lot of risk when he uses the low bidder. We think we will save money by choosing a contractor based on a low bid. Try to resist this temptation. Change orders can substantially escalate an original bid.

 

Questions to ask yourself before you make the decision to bid your project:

  • Did the low bidder make an error?
  • Will a low-priced contractor use a lower priced, unreliable subcontractor?
  • Will the low bidder be able to complete the job at that price?
  • How will you know you are getting a quality project built by qualified construction company?

 

4. What are some differences between Competitive Bidding and Negotiated Contract?

 

Competitive Bidding creates more risk for the owner and the contractor. It sets up an adversarial relationship among contractor, architect/engineer and owner, makes the assumption that the quality will be the same no matter who works on the project and has high charges for changer orders.
Negotiated Contract is less risky for the owner and contractor, sets up TEAM relationship among contractor, architect/engineer, and owner, emphasizes quality and service, heavy contractor involvement during the planning stage, contractor works for the owner.

 

5. How to select a contractor:

  1. Talk to past customers.
  2. Check credit history.
  3. Meet with owners and key employees who will be managing your job.
  4. Can you communicate openly with this contractor?

Be careful choosing your contractor, you will live with the results for a long time.