PARTNERS IN BUILDING SOLUTIONS
At Bertram’s we provide highly professional general contractor services at competitive rates, while maintaining absolute commitment and involvement with our clients and their design and consulting professionals. We create long-term relationships based on respect and trust, and we our proud to be the GC of choice for many architects as well as our repeat customers.
Your construction projects are important to us. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the details of your vision with you. Contact us to find out how we can help to make your project a reality.
We are experienced with new construction projects as well as existing building additions, expansions, building upgrades, renovations, restoration work and design build services.
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Located in Innisfil, this project was completed in 2005. This hybrid project commenced as construction management with a plan to switch from construction management into stipulated sum contract.
MacLaren Art Centre
Located in Barrie’s downtown, construction on the MacLaren Art Centre commenced in 1999 and was completed in the fall of 2000. The original building was the City of Barrie Library, constructed in the early 1800’s and known as the Carnegie Hall.
The Shanty Bay Residence
One of Bertram Constructions’ frequent clients. The Shanty Bay residence is modern, luxurious and a true work of art! The owners are one of Bertram Constructions’ frequent clients, both professionally and personally.
This is the traditional construction structure. In this process, the design team is chosen first to complete the working drawings and specifications. Then there is a calling of tenders. Contractors who are bidding will complete a detailed take – off and invite sub – trades to quote on their portion of the project. This process results in the Contractor submitting a tender price. This amount is a lump sum that will include all aspects of construction from site preparation to the final landscaping details (as per the design scope of work), excluding the fees charged by the design team and other consultants.
Generally speaking, the lowest bidder will get the job. If all tenders are over budget, the entire procedure must be repeated. Once the general contractor has been chosen, the sub – trades will start to be awarded and the project can start.
Construction Management allows the owner to take a significant hands – on role in the project. In this relationship, the owner chooses the most qualified Construction Manager for a fee. The fee excludes all labour, subcontractor and consultant fees, as well as material costs. The budgeting, tendering, consultation, site supervision, scheduling, site labour, etc. are paid on an hourly basis through pre – determined rate structure.
Flexibility is key to this type of building strategy, and there are many configurations that can be applied. Because the sub-trades and suppliers are being hired directly by the owner, there is “open book” accounting, which means the owner knows the costs of every aspect of the job. This allows the owner to benefit from any savings garnered along the way and to have direct input on quality.
This management structure offers one – stop shopping for the entire construction project. With the Design – Build option, the Owner chooses the appropriate Contractor, who will submit a lump sum contract price to provide everything necessary to do the job from start to finish, including the design team and other consultants.
The Owner, Contractor and Consultants work as a team to create a quality building at the most affordable price. Material selection and design concepts are constantly evaluated for cost effectiveness, and savings are passed along to the client. Since some tenders can be invited based on the preliminary plans, construction can begin almost immediately – even before the design is finalized. This approach also allows for materials with long delivery times to be ordered very early in the process.
As an alternative to traditional buildings, Pre – Engineered Steel Buildings may offer enough design flexibility to suit your needs within a tight budget. Increasingly, these steel buildings offer a wide choice of roofs, walls, frames and accessory items that may meet your functional and aesthetic requirements.
Because the buildings are pre – engineered and additional sub – trades are minimized, the savings can be measured in time as well as money. Bertram Construction & Design Ltd. has significant experience in erecting industrial, commercial, recreational and agricultural building systems.
AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
Steelway Awards – Million Dollar Club
Steelway Awards – District Performance Award
2006 Masonry Masterpiece Award
2006 Ontario Steel Design Award
PROUD MEMBER OF
Barrie Construction Association
Barrie Chamber of Commerce
SANDBOX, Centre for Shared Entrepreneurship & Innovation