Streamline the Planning Process. We’ll develop the most effective approach.


Preconstruction services extend far beyond merely estimating project costs. They encompass a range of activities, from the initial client meeting to detailed plans, schedules, studies, value engineering, permitting, land acquisition, and more. Mavin’s preconstruction services can benefit your commercial construction project in numerous ways. We measure project success by how far we exceed your expectations; preconstruction is when those expectations are defined and our plan for exceeding them is developed.



  • Disciplined and detailed estimates without subcontractor and vendor input
  • Updated estimating database with most recent costs
  • Clarity and graphic illustration of scope and quantity takeoff
  • Utilization of point cloud surveys for existing conditions
  • BIM coordination and clash resolution


  • Historical cost tracking
  • Estimating database
  • Current market costing
  • Knowledge in navigating different municipality approvals (permitting)
  • Constructability reviews
  • Early procurement subcontractor/vendor selection


  • Competitive vendor pricing
  • Accurate and detailed estimating at the concept level
  • Design efficiency comparisons
  • Work to intentionally limit allowances

Value Management

  • Learning and understanding the client’s environment
  • Validating early design decisions for team confidence in the path forward
  • Cost assignment and illustration to identify value drivers
  • Ability to track sustainability, energy efficiency, and life cycle analysis
  • Budget and scope reconciliation occur during design (save costs with Design Team)
  • Value management is applicable to the stage of the design process
  • Value engineering and cost/scope reduction are not the same thing
  • Trusted by Design Teams – they look forward to our collaboration


  • Blending between preconstruction and construction personnel
  • Clarity of communication and information around items being considered for decision (all information needed to decide is presented)
  • Accurate record-keeping to correctly share the decision-making process on the evolution of a project
  • Confidence working with committees of multiple decision-makers who are accountable to a larger team/community
  • Listening to and learning from our Maintenance division, as well as our field staff and project teams
  • Cost assignment and presentation aimed at decision-making
  • Site management and layout options for phasing and decision-making
  • All decisions are made by the project team based on the success factors of the project, not to the benefit of individual team members.

Continuous Learning

  • Utilization of the most recent technology to make our efforts more efficient
    • Drone – Topo Surveying
    • Thermal Modeling
  • Input from our Maintenance division
  • Use of project metrics – establish project-specific measurable goals
  • Latest technologies, materials, methods
  • Professional industry group meetings and trade shows