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Why Unify: The Drivers Behind Our Unified Project Delivery Approach

Part 2: Less Clash, More Cash

As the chat continued between CEO, Frank Musolino, VP, Misha Zeltser, and Director of Mechanical Pre-Construction, Ray Lemaster, the team dove deeper into how a unified, multi-trade approach prevents problems before they start; resulting in not just cost savings, but labor and schedule efficiencies along the way.

We pre-coordinate what we’ve laid out during design and go through clash detection early on. It allows us to get ahead of the game.

Ray Lemaster |

Director of Mech. Pre-Con

“You mentioned that to me once,” said Musolino in response. “I still remember it; on the typical job if we inherit someone else’s design and then have to go build it, we’ll see about 4,000 clashes on average. Versus that first MEP Design Build job we coordinated in-house.”

Lemaster replied, “Yeah, less than 200 clashes on that job.”

“That’s a huge difference, especially when it’s also about efficiency and labor,” said Musolino. “Our only asset is our quality people, our teams. The experts we count on are limited. And it takes a long time to develop these complex buildings. So to have a person on the job who only has 200 clashes or issues to resolve instead of 4,000, they could build 20 jobs instead of one.”



The team nodded in agreement while also acknowledging the role technology plays in unified efforts.

Technology is a big component that brings together all the players. Tools like BlueBeam Studio, AutoDesk’s new platforms, Revit and BIM360 allow for office and field integration. It really helps tie everything together.

Misha Zeltser |

Senior VP of Engineering

“And it allows the various trades to interact,” added Musolino. “Which is representative of project-based and process-based consolidation. We can take things from soup to nuts with what we’re calling “BIM-driven Ops”. Here, we use our technology to take the design, do real-time estimates on the fly, take-off quantities, and do price-checks all the way through to delivering a construction estimate.”

From clash detection during design to technology paving the way for BIM-driven ops, the value became clear throughout the conversation. “Through our unified approach, we’re shortening the timeline so there’s less overhead costs to carry during the whole process,” concluded Zeltser.


Check out Part 1 of the Unified Project Delivery Series. Part 3 coming soon!