Owners, architects, and engineers who need to utilize precast’s speed and reduced on-site workforce can team with us early to develop preliminary project concepts and budgets. At this stage, Knife River can work from napkin sketches to helping develop preliminary BIM, and economic models based on a project’s complexity. When using the BIM model approach, we tie the BIM data to our budgets and schedules to determine highly accurate precast budget pricing.
BIM models provide a high level of project accuracy and allow Knife River to visually model the project needs, including customer fly-throughs. We tie our project estimates directly to the model to give our customers highly accurate pricing and rapid cost variance evaluation as a project evolves through the design process. This level of detail is extremely helpful during the design and construction phase as the BIM models help coordinate the precast interaction with other trades and add clarity to project elements, conditions, and verification of submittals.
Customer and manufacturing schedule management are essential components of what make a precast project successful. When working with Knife River, expect to receive schedules early that outline the design, manufacturing, and installation durations tied to key project milestones. Knife River’s attention to detail in schedule management and the use of mutually accepted schedules ensure that we clearly define and meet our customer’s schedule expectations.
Knife River partners with reliable regional transportation companies that give us access to the largest flatbed and heavy haul fleets in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, on large-scale projects, our flatbed fleet is equipped with real-time satellite tracking of our loads to ensure that we maximize the efficiency of our installation team.
When requested, Knife River works with our installation partners to make sure a single source supply of erected structural systems is available. That allows our customers the security of knowing they are working with a company that can stand behind the products they manufacture and ensure that the project will be on time and on budget.