For over thirty years, L. E. Waters has been building quality construction projects in Southern California. The company holds both a General Building “B” license and General Engineering “A” license in the State of California. L. E. Waters has the capability to self-perform certain trades in house when this service is beneficial to the project. Self-performance of work allows us to push the schedule and control/mitigate unforeseen conditions and risks to the project. L. E. Waters has built a solid reputation within the industry by taking on logistically challenging projects in occupied buildings or within fully operational campuses. We pride ourselves in completing projects in existing buildings while minimizing disturbances to operations.
L. E. Waters maintains a best in class safety record with our 2013 EMR being 0.75. On all of our projects, safety is the number one concern. We assure no shortcuts are taking on the jobs and it is the mission of ever staff member to maintain that all safety precautions are upheld on every jobsite. We implement daily safety checklists and job hazard reports on each job carried out by out superintendents and enforce our high standards upon the subcontractors working on the jobsite.
We work hand in hand with the client, architect, designer, managers and subcontractors, facilitating communication and maximizing value within the constraints of the project. Paramount to any construction service, a deep understanding and knowledge of local building codes, life safety codes and permitting are required. Through experience, L.E. Waters has developed a process of incorporating these issues to fit with the architect’s aesthetic goals. We achieve high standards for quality through continual, open communication with the client and the Design team by implementing a comprehensive Quality Control plan that provides the roadmap for the project. We provide the following services:
In design/build projects, owners contract directly with a single entity—the design-builder, most often a General Contractor—to provide both design and construction services. Some advantages to doing a design/build project include:
L.E Waters' team of construction professionals has a wide variety of experience in design/build projects. In fact, we design/build all of the Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing work for the majority of our tenant improvement projects.
The estimators, planners, designers, engineers and builders all work in harmony throughout the duration of the project to ensure top quality at the most competitive of prices.
The foundation for any project is the preconstruction phase. A clear understanding of the Owner’s goals and creating a plan to implement them is instrumental in the overall success of a project. L. E. Waters is capable of offering a variety of preconstruction services from conceptual estimating to value engineering and constructability analysis to best suit the overall needs of the project. L. E. Waters is able offer its expertise in the key decision making process with the guidance of project ownership to help shape the project and ensure the highest level of success through construction completion.
Conceptual Estimating: Conceptual or order of magnitude estimating is becoming more prevalent within the industry as more projects are more commonly fast-tracked and require early contractor involvement. L. E. Waters utilizes On-Screen estimating programs to provide quick, accurate estimates with little information required by the Owner. Pulling from historical data, current material, labor and equipment pricing, L. E. Waters is able to turn around complete accurate cost proposals without full subcontractor involvement decreasing the time it takes to produce estimate. L. E. Waters estimating staff has a vast knowledge of market subcontractor pricing as well as self-perform production rates and is able to work backwards from a big picture to provide order of magnitude estimates consistent with market pricing. Our team is also able to provide schematic layouts that are cost loaded which in-turn produce instantaneous estimates as layouts and design intent change.
Value Engineering: Strategic Value Engineering can save overall costs of the job as well as schedule without compromising the design intent of the project. Value Engineering begins early in the conceptual estimating and design phase of the project where L. E. Waters and strategic subcontractors are able to suggest value added solutions. The team will work with Owner to identify areas in the design that are of possible cost savings. Then, propose up to date budgets for any changes to the design that the owner is on board with. The overall goal of L. E. Waters Value Engineering practices is to maintain the integrity of design and the Owner’s vision for the project while providing feedback on possible cost and schedule saving measures to be taken which will not compromise the design intent. Life-Cycle costs will also be taken into account during Value Engineering sessions to ensure the most cost-effective building systems for the lifetime of that system.
Constructability Reviews: Early in the design phase of a project, L. E. Water’s team will begin to analyze the bidding documents to ensure constructability and feasibility for the project to be completed as designed within the Owner’s schedule. The team will provide feedback to the Owner or Architect through constructability reviews. These reviews allow us to “Build the Project” as it is being designed thus allowing for possible clash’s in scope or deficiencies in design to be vetted out during in the preconstruction phase, rather than once construction has already begun. The benefit to the Owner is a reduction of change order issues resulting from re-work, as the problems will be identified and resolved before errant work is performed. This will also help avoid of delays caused by problems discovered during the course of construction.
L. E. Waters commitment to sustainability and green building provides tangible cost savings for building projects and a lasting impact on our environment. We provide an environmentally responsible and resource- efficient building which will save money over the course of use. We currently have over $40 Million in sustainable construction projects under contract and most of our staff holds the LEED Accredited Professional designation. We are responsible for applying innovative construction practices as part of all construction projects. L. E. Waters specializes in the full retrofitting of existing buildings and firmly believes in implementing environmentally ethical building measures on all projects. The staff of LEED AP’s, engineers, architects and project managers at the company stay current on all California Green building code updates, Title 24, Cal Green, USGBC and local policies in order to assist our clients in the design of green facilities during pre-construction and hold our subcontractors to the same standards during construction. L. E. Waters also works with building maintenance staff to train the employees that will be servicing the equipment we have installed.