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The Neenan Archistruction™ Process
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Our Unique Approach to Commercial Building Planning & Construction

The Neenan Company has never been your typical architecture or building construction firm. We’ve fine-tuned and customized the entire process of commercial building planning, design, and construction to such a degree that we needed to trademark a word for the process — Archistruction™. We’ve developed an entirely unique process for building commercial spaces in the Rocky Mountain region and across the country, and we’d like to invite you to learn more about what sets us apart from any other building design company in the country. The entirety of the Archistruction process, from planning to ribbon-cutting, stems from a single thought — “It’s not about the building, it’s about what the building enables you to do.”

Commercial Building Planning

It’s not uncommon for new clients to come to Neenan with little more than a vague dream of what they envision their commercial building to be. Our job is to transform your vision of what your ideal commercial space could be and make it a reality. One of the unique aspects of our Archistruction process is that it is all-encompassing, including initial planning stages of commercial building design. You don’t need to come to Neenan with a flushed out idea — all you need is a tiny seed, and we’ll make it grow.

The Starting Line

The planning stages of commercial building is crucial. Without proper planning, a commercial building project can crash and burn before it even leaves the hanger. Neenan knows the importance of starting your commercial building project on the right foot, and our Archistruction process has developed several tools to plan effectively. With Neenan, we can help plan your build in several ways:

Determining Conditions of Satisfaction for Your Commercial Building

An additional step that Neenan includes in our planning process with you is to determine the conditions of satisfaction early on. When we are able to establish the identity of your team’s community, it will greatly help us to ascertain the best course of action and steps to take. These meetings, where we determine the conditions of satisfaction, help us set up a plan that makes the best use of your space and ensure that your staff can work effectively and efficiently. The harvest that is reaped from these meetings leads directly into the next step of our Archistruction process — collaborative design.

Commercial Building Design

At The Neenan Company, we firmly believe that your business is distinctive and your aspirations are unique, and that your commercial building shouldn’t just reflect your goals — it should realize them. The design stage of your commercial build with Neenan is entirely collaborative and unlike any other design process you’re likely to encounter with other architecture and construction firms. The level of inclusivity and communication in our design process should far exceed your wildest expectations, and will include your entire staff community and board members.

Objectives of the Collaborative Design Process

The design of your commercial space will be centered upon the answers to these questions:

  1. How do you want your commercial space to feel?
  2. In what way can the systems we implement and materials we use streamline maintenance?
  3. How do you imagine the flow of customer traffic to be, both inside your commercial space, and the area around it?

The answers to these questions will help us to develop new ideas and options that can be presented and tested, along with corresponding budgets and schedules. This collaborative design process will help us to accurately establish the character of the commercial building you would like designed, and further evolve the site plan overall and the building plan in particular. Knowing what major systems need to be incorporated early on in the build process helps us to more accurately estimate all of the factors that will come into play during our commercial build project with you.

How do you want your commercial space to feel?
In what way can the systems we implement and materials we use streamline maintenance?
How do you imagine the flow of customer traffic to be, both inside your commercial space, and the area around it?
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Commercial Building Preconstruction

As tempting as it may be to dive right into the construction phase of a commercial building project, the Neenan Archistruction™ Process includes an additional step to ensure the values of your project are being met to your expectations. Every commercial build will have different short and long-term goals. Some of our clients desire to emphasize a responsible initial cost to their build, while others put more value on low-cost maintenance. We encourage each of our clients to determine what they value the most in this regard, and allow them to define the value of their project. Our expertise allows us to offer many options in regards to the best finishes, systems, and even how to furnish the commercial facility.

Target Costing

This entire preconstruction phase is based on a concept called “target costing.” This is an approach to design that specifically incorporates cost as a factor, the goal being to minimize waste and create value in the project. The problem that many clients run into with other companies, when they may be working with separate design and construction teams, is that each side of that equation wants to present the option that most benefits themselves and their own self-interests. The result of this conflict of interest can be wildly inflated costs that balloon the price tag of your commercial build. Our collaborative design process eliminates this conflict of interest, aligning cost and value, and keeping your best interests as our main focus.

Commercial Building Construction

The direct interaction between our construction and design teams begins the day that you sign with Neenan, and doesn’t conclude until after your project is finished. Not only are all of our designers, preconstruction managers, and project managers all in-house, they literally sit together for the duration of your project, providing ample opportunity for natural interaction and communication. This is unique to our Archistruction™ process.

Our design team is not contractually obligated to work with our construction team — rather, they are two arms of the same body structure. Their shared interests are your interests. The members of our design team that are assigned to your project communicate on a daily basis with the field superintendent on your commercial build, and attend each of the meetings that we have with you. Our design team is present to work with the construction team to develop options that increase your project’s value, as well as to review the construction quality constantly.

Owner Feedback and Communication

We take pride in the level of open communication and feedback that we facilitate between ourselves and the owners of our commercial builds. In addition to welcoming communication through any channel, we take the liberty to set up regular meetings and times for project reviews. These meetings include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Regularly scheduled commercial building owner meetings during the design and construction process to develop cost, constructability, schedules, early problem solving, and to discuss all options available. These options can develop into more specific issues as the process continues.
  • Intermittent work sessions are put in place to address specific issues in regards to staff, community, mechanical systems, and more.
  • Predetermined design checkpoints, or “tollgates” as they’re referred to in-house, are used as formal sign-off points for projects. Each toll gate in your build process has criteria that must be met in order to be signed off on. This will involve an internal review with key consultants, and a review with you, the owner of the commercial project.

Neenan Commercial Archistruction™ in Colorado & Beyond

The Neenan Company is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, and as such, we have a special place in our hearts for the Rocky Mountain Region. We’re not tethered to Colorado, however, and have completed many outstanding and successful projects across the entire country. We’ve tackled everything from music venues and breweries, to hotels and financial institutions. We hope that our entrepreneurial spirit encourages you to contact The Neenan Company today and begin the Archistruction Process of turning your commercial building dreams into a reality. We accomplish that task in a way that is completely revolutionary and unlike anything you would’ve ever anticipated.