PRECONSTRUCTION

A properly managed preconstruction phase lays the foundation for successful construction.

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A properly managed preconstruction phase lays the foundation for successful construction.

During the early design phases, we provide feedback as it relates to cost control, constructability, sequencing, logistics planning, sustainability, and procurement planning. Our integrated project team combines our construction management and trade expertise with clients and designers to ensure the project progresses at a controlled pace, staying within the initial schedule and budget baseline.

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We assign “Discipline Individuals” to manage the budget and schedule for each design discipline. These subject matter experts collaborate with the rest of the project team to create ideas that add value, expedite the schedule and improve constructability.

Team members also assist the design team with cost benefit analysis of different systems and materials. This allows real-time feedback on issues that affect budget, schedule, and constructability.

COMMUNITY ENGAGMENT

GMA approaches each project with a commitment to social responsibility.

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GMA approaches each project with a commitment to social responsibility.

Chicago’s Community Based Organizations (CBOs) provide much-needed services to historically disadvantaged communities in Chicago; they engage, organize and empower community members. GMA is committed to working closely with Chicago-based CBOs to ensure they have operationally efficient, safe and beautiful facilities to implement effective direct-service programming.

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Whether large-scale residential, public housing, educational or transportation project, GMA is always committed to empowering the local community and enacting its social responsibility.

A Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), GMA also has its Minority Business Certification (MBE) and collaborates closely with other VOSB and MBE subcontractors to encourage employment and economic development in low-income neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago.

Safety

No phase of our operations is of greater importance than accident prevention.

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No phase of our operations is of greater importance than accident prevention.

GMA has established an effective and clear Health and Safety Policy that is consistent with OSHA regulations and nationally recognized standards. GMA uses it to develop safety programs specific to each project to ensure the highest levels of safety achievement.

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Our Safety Program includes robust safety training, a crucial element to providing an accident free work environment. A full understanding of safe work procedures by all employees helps reduce our exposure to potential accidents.

We also perform detailed safety inspections to ensure the entire site is complying with safety best practices to achieve our goal of accident-free projects.

Scheduling

The project schedule is more than a tool to document progress; it is used to managed work activities throughout the project.

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The project schedule is more than a tool to document progress; it is used to managed work activities throughout the project.

GMA uses its schedules to define the major work activities, phasing and key milestones. Our schedules are created with input from key subcontractors and suppliers to further define the critical path and key project milestone events. During construction, daily schedule meetings and formal schedule updates are completed to monitor progress, review upcoming activities, resolve any obstructions and ensure that the team remains on track to completion.

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We are aware that a variety of factors can impact even the most well-planned and carefully managed project schedule. Our proven record of identifying, analyzing, and formulating a recovery plan is one of the many reasons that our team has never failed to complete a contract.

Our culture of dedication to finishing projects strong ensures our clients that we are committed to provide the necessary staff and resources to complete our projects on time.

Quality

Our commitment to quality ensures that our work not only meets but also exceeds the quality requirements.

GMA’s Project Manager and Superintendent hold primary responsibility for quality on each project. They are the primary resource in making sound, quality decisions and directing the implementation of our quality strategies, which includes a three-phase quality plan.

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We use a three-phase quality control plan that includes a preparatory phase, initial phase and follow-up phase to analyze quality requirements and performance throughout the construction process.

The preparatory phase reviews quality requirements for each feature of work before construction begins. The initial phase includes a thorough review of work after the first installation, and the follow-up phase ensures the installation continues with a high level of quality until the feature of work is complete.

Subcontractor Management

GMA’s subcontractor management ensures compliance with all requirements and coordinated sequence of work.

We partner with our subcontractors, establish positive working relationships early, and maintain routine communication procedures. During construction, our management team will have daily interaction with subcontractor supervisors and field personnel. By establishing rapport with our subcontractors, our team positions itself to better lead subcontractors through the construction process.

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GMA’s experience in Chicago provides access to the most qualified subcontractors. We select subcontractors based only on technical qualifications, safety record, and most importantly, their ability to fit into our culture of collaboration.

Through GMA’s best-value approach to subcontractor selection, our team is in the most advantageous position to manage subcontracted work and deliver a high-quality product, on time and on budget.