Building Your Vision, Ensuring Quality
Building a dream project requires a collaborative and transparent approach. At Paul Cataldo Architecture & Planning PC, we believe construction management offers the best path to achieving your vision while maintaining quality and budget control. This service goes beyond traditional “construction observation” to provide a comprehensive and hands-on approach to project oversight.

As a full-service architecture firm, Paul Cataldo Architecture & Planning PC strives for a high quality final product regardless of the budget. Much of this effort is put forth in the design and construction drawing and specification process. The project is sometimes then turned over to a general contractor.

General Contractors and “Value Engineering”

Contractors are an essential part of the design-build team, but some contractors, in their effort to help reduce costs for the homeowner, will “value engineer” a design. “Value engineering” is a catch phrase for reducing the construction costs (also called “first costs”) of the building. While on the surface, this initial cost cutting may seem valuable, it can often interfere with the long-term vision of a design. Because our firm puts significant effort into reducing the overall life cycle costs of the building, these initial short-sighted cost-cutting measures can negatively impact building quality, durability, and long-term energy efficiency.
Weighing Short-Term Savings vs. Long-Term Value

While general contractors can be valuable partners, “value engineering” focused solely on reducing initial costs can compromise a project’s long-term durability, energy efficiency, and overall design intent.

Hidden Costs of Value Engineering
Short-term cost reductions through value engineering can lead to unforeseen problems later, such as increased maintenance costs, lower energy performance, or premature failure of materials.

Our Construction Management Services

To help ensure quality control over the entire building process, Paul Cataldo Architecture & Planning PC offers, as one of our many services, construction management of projects we have designed.

When a general contractor builds a project, typically we provide “construction observation.” This means we are available to answer the contractor’s questions, provide spot visits to the site, and serve as the client’s interpreter of the construction process.

Our firm can also act as a construction manager by providing a constant on-site presence. In this situation, there is no general contractor. Instead, the owner hires each individual subcontractor directly. Then our firm manages the subcontractors, and their costs are passed to the owner with a coordination markup fee.

Ensuring Quality Control Through Construction Management
Our construction management services provide a constant on-site presence, overseeing every aspect of the building process to ensure quality and adherence to your vision.
A Collaborative Partnership with Subcontractors
By directly managing subcontractors, we foster open communication and collaboration, ensuring everyone involved is working towards the same high-quality outcome.

The Benefits of Architect-Managed Construction

The benefits of having an architecture firm manage the construction on their projects is that all construction proposals and contracts are with the owner—there is complete transparency regarding costs, materials, and timelines. But, most importantly, this close management allows a high level of quality control with a much better final product that doesn’t compromise long-term design vision, time schedules or budget restraints.
Transparency and Cost Control
Direct contracts with subcontractors provide complete transparency in costs, materials, and timelines. Our markup fee ensures efficient project management.
Uncompromising Quality Control
Our close oversight ensures high-quality construction that reflects your design vision without sacrificing functionality or budget.
Streamlined Communication and Collaboration
Direct communication between architect, subcontractors, and owner fosters a collaborative environment and efficient problem-solving.

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Our team isn't just talented, they're passionate. Each member brings unique skills to the table, fostering a collaborative environment. Together, we create healthy and environmentally responsible spaces, ensuring every project benefits from a diverse perspective for innovative, sustainable design.
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