General Contracting by Loudoun Contracting

Pre-Construction Services

Performance of duties before, and in direct relation to, the act of constructing. The main purpose of pre-construction services is to assist the client from the beginning, at project conception, in achieving their design and budgetary goals. The end result of the pre-construction process is saving the client time and money.

Pre-Construction Management

The implementation, management, supervision, quality control and analysis of pre-construction services including, but not limited to (1) Feasibility Studies (2) Constructibility & Design Review, (3) Scope Definition, (4) Quantity Takeoff, (5) Conceptual Estimating, (6) Preliminary Budgeting, (7) Value Engineering, (8) Scheduling, (9) RFPs & Bid Forms and (10) Bid Review & Comparison.

Feasibility Studies

An evaluation of a proposed project based on preliminary and raw data that is designed to determine the probability of successful completion. Generally, a feasibility study precedes drawing development and project implementation.

Constructibility & Design Reviews<

A comprehensive analysis of all related factors to the feasibility of a project. The purpose of the review is to determine the viability of a project before it begins by providing accurate scope definition and material/system specifications, thus bidability, to the project.

Scope Definition

The identification and description of all the individual elements necessary to successfully complete a project.

Quantity Takeoff

Mathematical process used in estimating in which detailed lists are compiled, based on drawings and specifications, of all the material, labor and equipment necessary to construct a project. The cost estimator uses these lists to calculate how much it will cost to construct the project.

Cost Estimating

Approximation of the probable total cost of a project, computed on the basis of available information. Four common types of cost estimates are: (1) Conceptual Estimate: rough approximation of cost within a reasonable range of values prepared for information purposes only. This is also often called “a ball park estimate”. (2) Preliminary budget estimate: approximation based on well defined (but preliminary) cost data and established ground rules. (3) Proposal estimate: based on cost data sound enough for entering into a binding contract (4) Not to Exceed Estimate: maximum amount required to accomplish a given task, based on firm cost estimate.

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Conceptual Estimating

Process of assigning cost parameters to a project during the earliest phase of project design, prior to establishment of a defined scope or plan.

Preliminary Budgeting

Preliminary design estimating process used to (1) ensure project feasibility and attainable performance levels, (2) develop a reliable project cost estimate consistent with realistic schedules, (3) establish baseline project definitions, schedules and costs, (4) support key decisions made during the planning phase.

Value Engineering

Systematic analysis that identifies and selects best value alternatives for designs, materials, processes and systems. It proceeds by repeatedly asking “can the cost of this item or step be reduced or eliminated without diminishing the effectiveness, required quality, or customer satisfaction?”


A comprehensive list of a project’s elements with intended start and finish dates that are often estimated in terms of resource requirements, budget and duration, linked by dependencies and predecessors.

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Request For Proposal (RFP)

Document used in bid procurement procedures through which an owner advises the potential contractors and suppliers of (1) project description and scope of work, (2) project goals, (3) specifications, (4) schedules or timelines, (5) insurance requirements, (6) contract type & requirements, (7) terms and conditions (8) instructions for the preparation of proposals, (9) general criteria used in the evaluation process.

RFPs are distributed to potential contractors and suppliers who then respond with not only a price quotation, but with a detailed cost proposal. RFPs provide an “even playing field” for all interested bidders and are used as a basis for contract negotiations. Each proposal received is easily comparable to the others and assists the project team in discovering the most complete and competitive bids.

Bid Review & Analysis

A critical evaluation, breakdown and comparison of proposals (bids) by individual and sometimes competing Architects, Engineers, General Contractors, Subcontractors and Suppliers.

Space Planning & Design

Process of rearranging, manipulating and designing work/live space so it can be most efficiently and effectively used; based on the user’s operational and aesthetic requirements as well as financial limitations.


Let us navigate the sometimes complex permitting process, whatever the municipality.  From permit application, permit expediting, meeting with plan reviewers through to permit approval we can ensure this does not waste valuable time in getting your project up and running.


We are a fully insured, bonded and licensed general contracting firm capable of delivering your project on time and on budget.

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