Pre-Construction Services

A guiding hand from the ground up.

The pre-construction stage is vital to ensuring that the design meets the client’s purpose and user requirements, and that the design is as constructible, efficient, durable, and maintainable as possible.

It is the ideal stage at which to implement value engineering and to find cost savings in terms of materials, systems, and construction methods that permit the building to be constructed as quickly, safely, and economically as possible without compromising the client’s vision of how the finished project will look and function.

VanMar has extensive experience guiding clients through the conceptualization, planning, and design stages. We help clients, their architects, and the consultants to make informed decisions and create an efficient, economic and buildable design.


Our Pre-Construction Services provide the following key advantages:

Cost-effective solutions

Where possible, we will suggest lower-cost alternatives for all design concepts, building systems and material selections while preserving the quality, functionality, economics, buildability and aesthetics of the built structure

Contractor input on design

Because of our vast experience with projects of any construction type, we are able to anticipate problems and offer solutions to many design issues. Dealing with these issues after final documents have been completed, would add significant design costs.

Buildable construction

Our years of experience in the industry has given us the ability to spot things that are difficult to build. We then provide alternative design ideas that are easier to construct and to prove more durable.

Real construction costs

VanMar maintains an up-to-date database of historical construction costs based on current and previously completed projects. This means that unit rate data employed in our estimates reflects true, current market construction costs.