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INTEGRATED CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT


One of our “core” strengths is our construction company, Integrated Construction & Development (ICD). As a principal, Richard Simmons has built more than sixty communities with costs well over $1 billion. Most of the construction has been on projects where Simmons was a developer or co-developer of the project. In an economy where value is crucial to sustainability and affordability, the working relationship and integration of the developer and the contractor is vital and equates to:

  • Fewer schedule issues
  • Fewer cost overruns
  • Less wasted cost on specifications that are under- or over-specified
  • Fewer problems with communication
  • More pleasing architectural elements that are “value engineered” in during the development phase of planning

The vast majority (more than 75 percent) of our contracts come in UNDER budget and said savings can then be used for upgrades, enhancements, or energy efficient/LEED-type upgrades throughout the buildings.

After years of experience in managing the construction phase of many developments, we have a keen awareness of the perils and issues that can occur in the field. We bring this experience to each project we build and take every step possible to "fool proof" the construction phase.

  • Plan coordination to ensure that all plan details match and no conflict exists.
  • Scope of work definition so that we are cognizant of architect specifications, LEED requirements (if applicable), state agency requirements, local government code exceptions, and customer preferences.
  • By completing the proper scope that is all-inclusive, a crucial part of each contract, we can minimize change orders and create savings as well as keep the project moving at or ahead of schedule.
  • Partnering with the local City/Municipal inspection departments to ensure quality construction and proper inspection procedures.
  • Conducting proper safety procedure meeting prior to construction start up.
  • Executing subcontracts. We typically attempt to purchase and contract all labor and material prior to construction commencement and after plan/specifications have been finalized.
  • Sourcing local Suppliers and subcontractors. Integrated prefers to use local subcontractors for the majority of the work on said projects. The local knowledge of the city, soils, and area generally keep our projects on schedule.

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PLANNING

Integrated Real Estate Group and the partners review plans and specifications extensively at the onset of each project for the purpose of:

  • Plan coordination to ensure that all plan details match and no conflict exists.
  • Scope of work definition so that we are cognizant of architect specifications, LEED requirements (if applicable), state agency requirements, local government code exceptions, and customer preferences.
    By completing the proper scope that is all-inclusive, a crucial part of each contract, we can minimize change orders and create savings as well as keep the project moving at or ahead of schedule.
  • Partnering with the local City/Municipal inspection departments to ensure quality construction and proper inspection procedures.
  • Conducting proper safety procedure meeting prior to construction start up.
  • Executing subcontracts. We typically attempt to purchase and contract all labor and material prior to construction commencement and after plan/specifications have been finalized.
  • Sourcing local Suppliers and subcontractors. Integrated prefers to use local subcontractors for the majority of the work on said projects. The local knowledge of the city, soils, and area generally keep our projects on schedule.

Once the above has been completed the Integrated team will resemble:

  • Project Manager to be responsible to the partners for budget, schedule, compliance of all laws and procedures, etc.

From a construction standpoint, all of our projects have been completed on time. In any case where schedules were missed, we were dealing with development issues that were beyond the control of our companies.

Integrated Real Estate Group has averaged approximately eight projects per year. Most projects are completed within the 10-16 month range depending on the number of units and the complexity of the project. For affordable housing, the average project is complete in about twelve months.

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TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION

At IREG we prefer to use brick as the primary material on our exteriors given the proven track record that the material has had for centuries. While stucco and synthetic stone are used to create color and contrast, our concern is with the longevity of such materials. We like to consider the mechanics of materials, how they survive a local climate, and how minimal the maintenance of the project will be over time.

In the interiors, we focus on the following:

Flooring –Large component of “make-readys” that can be costly to an annual budget. We like to use solid plank flooring in lieu of carpet given that the material lasts longer and does not stain or wear out as quickly. VCT in bathrooms is also used for the same reasons.

Cabinets and Hardware – Upgraded cabinets and sturdier hardware will absorb the abuse typically seen in family projects.

Insulation and Paint – Washable paint and insulation greater than standard are typical in our projects.

Seniors Community – Totally different criteria than a family property, so care is given to ensure that hardware, fixtures, elongated and raised toilets, rocker electrical switches, and other senior-friendly finishes are used to accommodate the senior population. (Please see “age in place checklist” as an example of what we do on a project-to-project basis.)

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