Design, Engineering & Pre-Construction

HFT's team of designers and engineers works with clients to understand project requirements and provided services to support these goals, gaining recognition as the problem solvers of the industry.

A thorough design, engineering, and pre-construction process is the key to streamlining project delivery and limiting risk in the construction phase. The foundation for a project’s success is often determined by the teamwork, early collaboration, and quality expectations defined in this phase.

By leveraging our expertise, HFT takes a team approach to proactively identify innovative cost savings and project enhancement opportunities. We will work with you to develop a feasible, cost-effective budget and achievable schedule. Our team will provide value engineered design solutions including appropriate details, equipment and materials selection.

We work with our clients to create a development strategy to structure the best capital funding solutions, realize optimum efficiency and yield, as well as reduce project risk. We use a broad range of development services to analyze market / location data, validate project objectives and estimate costs. Capital funding solutions include equity position, government economic development opportunities, and third-party funding.

Our deep knowledge of turnkey development and construction allows us to perform feasibility studies and conceptual budget estimates for clients allowing them to develop and substantiate a basis of design.

Typical Four Stage Pre-Construction, Design, and Engineering Workflow


Pre-Development Phase

  • Market research and analysis
  • Pre-development feasibility studies
  • Site investigation and selection
  • Basis of design formulation
  • Concept design and layout
  • Conceptual budget estimates
  • Funding prospectus generation

Preliminary Design

  • Engineering and building/civil design
  • Site and building layout
  • Process layout design
  • Process control and monitoring scheme outline
  • Design coordination resolution
  • Project schedule preparation
  • Key equipment identification and basic specifications
  • Basic utility design
  • Assessment of local design and safety codes
  • Interim budget reviews and cost escalation identification and mitigation

Detailed Design Development

  • Estimate/budget analysis
  • 3D layout and identifying interferences
  • Process control and monitoring specification scheme
  • Direct equipment (materials pricing)
  • Formulation of procurement strategy
  • Detailed schedule development
  • Logistics strategy formation
  • Material selections and identify sourcing
  • Effective construction methodology review and design
  • Defining project execution strategy and phasing plans
  • Horizontal and vertical estimate development
  • Interim budget reviews and cost escalation identification and mitigation

Construction Document

  • Comprehensive design preview
  • Final schedule/phasing plans
  • Final production layout and equipment design
  • Estimate/budget analysis
  • Final process control and monitoring specification
  • Subcontractor list/qualifications
  • Equipment and materials vendor list/qualifications
  • Self-perform analysis
  • Prepare detailed sub scope packages
  • BIM 3D model and 4D schedule
  • Final project cost and schedule
  • Building permit submission and administration

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