WHAT WE DO

Our company has faithfully served clients and building owners for five decades, and in that time, we have come to understand the expectations of Owners for well-built facilities with a high level of professional service.

It is with this same commitment to providing comprehensive and industry-leading service that Doster consistently builds on our legacy of quality work. Project after project, we build on our reputations of delivering projects with integrity, fairness, and excellence.

We maintain a culture that places high value on critical thinking, open communication, and a willingness to invest early in good planning. Our process is to continually look ahead to see the big picture and evaluate the path of our progress.

DELIVERY METHODS

Doster provides construction management services as an Agent for the owner or on an at Risk basis. As Construction Manager Agent, we manage our client’s interests, acting as the owner’s agent or an extension of the owner’s staff. This frees the owner to focus on other project dynamics while we orchestrate the details based on established goals and budgets. As Construction Manager at Risk, we work with the design professionals and owner to optimize project design, schedule and cost. We negotiate a guaranteed maximum price and bid all trade contracts to ensure the client receives the lowest price from qualified subcontractors.

Using the design – bid – build approach, Doster and the client contract options of a lump sum price, cost plus fee basis or cost plus fee with a guaranteed maximum price. In these instances, Doster is a tough competitor and our experience, industry knowledge and strong subcontractor – vendor relationships provide high quality construction at a cost competitive value.

However, at Doster, we take nothing for granted. During the bid process and beyond, we work as a committed partner to fulfill the client’s objectives. We consult with the project team and watch project costs so we can deliver what you want in the finished product.

When an owner contracts directly with a single company to perform design and construction services, this approach is called Design-Build. It is a great process for clients who know what they want because it simplifies delivery, design services procurement, construction services and offers the convenience of dealing with a single source delivery system. Design-Build combines the design, permit and construction schedules in order to streamline the traditional construction environment.

Doster selects and manages the design and construction professionals who work in a collaborative environment to complete their tasks at the same time. We assemble a team that is best suited for a project’s specific needs. This process can minimize an owner’s project risk and reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project.

With this approach, we provide maximum project accountability for all phases of the building process and give the client added security.

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a delivery method that fully integrates project teams in order to take advantage of the knowledge of all team member to maximize the project outcome. True Integrated Project Delivery is the highest form of collaboration as all three parties (Owner, Architect, Constructor) are aligned by a single contract.

Oftentimes, Doster is contracted using IPD philosophies applied to more traditional delivery approaches such as Construction Management or Design Build. In this hybrid approach, there are no multi-party contracts. IPD as a philosophy is characterized by “traditional” transactional CM at Risk or Design Build contracts, some limited risk sharing (e.g. savings splits), and some application of IPD principles.

DELIVERY METHOD COMPARISON

Preconstruction

Our people differentiate us and bring the talent, skills, abilities, knowledge, and motivation to provide our clients with a predictable and reliable outcome, starting with early conceptual estimating and continuing through closeout and post-occupancy warranty management.

Preconstruction is much more than a back-of-house department or front-end activity that has a distinct time frame or set of activities. Rather, it is an inclusive, iterative and collaborative approach to establishing the foundation on which the entire team will successfully execute the project.

We have a fully staffed, experienced, all-inclusive department, trained, and dedicated team to work closely with the client and design team to understand their business needs and intent driving the project. We understand we are stewards of the client’s budget, and work to maximize the value received.

  • Cost Modeling

  • Conceptual, Preliminary and Final Estimates

  • Constructability Reviews

  • Project Scheduling

  • Logistics Planning

  • Value Engineering

  • Cost Savings Analysis

  • Cut Fill Analysis

  • Laser Scanning

Technology

Always on the forefront of technology, Doster’s VD+C department offers a wide range of services to enhance your project.

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Lean Construction

Lean construction techniques strive to eliminate all possible waste, which involves planning jobs down to the smallest detail, from where a dumpster will be situated to ensure the fewest steps for workers throwing material away to ensuring just-in-time delivery of materials. At Doster, there is much thought and planning put at the start of a project, and that helps save us money that we can pass on to the Owner. On many large-scale projects, hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings can be found through lean techniques alone.

Green Building

The construction of a new building is history in the making. It changes the landscape for years to come; it can impact the job market; and—for better or worse—it undoubtedly affects the environment.  Doster wants to help our clients make history by building projects for the better of the environment. Buildings that lower energy costs, overall operating costs, and total lifecycle costs. We do this by building green.

Doster’s environmental management system allows us to identify and control the environmental impact of all Doster projects; continuously improve our environmental performance; and implement and adhere to a systematic approach toward setting environmental objectives and targets.

When implemented correctly and used holistically, sustainable design and construction results in buildings that increase occupant productivity and improve health while lowering the overall life cycle costs, and sometimes even first costs.

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