— Luke 14:28
From humble beginnings working in the building trades to the tops of the tower cranes on some of the most iconic facilities in our nation, Lone Star Comprehensive Building Consulting brings a ground up approach to your project.
As is life, a building is comprised of a series of steps and each must take their proper sequence. We will climb the ladder with you one rung at a time to get you to the next level. Honor and ethics remain the most important aspects of doing business. Lone Star was founded on this belief, and it serves as the guiding force behind our company. We realize the inherent responsibility in representing clients, and it defines our process and delivery.
Lone Star is here to provide oversight and guidance on your project, including schedule, material selection, workmanship, and the systems that make it function efficiently. Common sense approaches to planning and construction, in association with the wise use of time and resources, ensures the best value now and for the future generations.
Once the budget is established for a project the work to maintain that and fit the program and design within it makes a cost specialist invaluable. Lone Star has a team of certified professional estimators to help with this most critical piece of the overall project.
Project planning begins with price. Current cost indexes and expected trends can help to determine where and when the best time to build may be. After measuring the market and determining to build, a feasibility study may be used at a conceptual stage. The study will develop budget estimates and schedules from which the project will be built. Accurate and astute data is the key to success.
Safety is our top priority once the first shovel strikes the ground. Schedule and budget parameters are also of great importance and tightly monitored through owner-architect-contractor team meetings along with analysis independent of the design team and/or construction management/general contractors..
It is imperative that operators be involved as early as possible. Opening a sports facility involves more than simply handling over the keys. Training is necessary before and after Opening Day from the professionals who know the comprehensive aspects of their products.
With vast experience working on multi-million dollar projects with a variety of nationally-recognized general contractors, construction managers, and design-builders, we understand the myriad of ways to contract and build projects. Our professionals are here to provide useful insight and guidance to both owners and designers. We will make certain that budgets and time are maximized, leading to optimal value.
Estimating: As with the cost of the project, the estimating process must make everything including the design and program and —most relevant at this stage— the materials, means, and methods, fit within the budget and the divisional breakdowns within that. Lone Star provides a skilled estimation process with certified professionals.
Scheduling: Just as cost goes with estimating, the schedule has to be planned. It may sound redundant, but Lone Star excels at breaking down all components into small tasks and getting all members of the team involved. Through years of experience with complex and short time frames, as well as huge 12,000-item schedules, we know how to take you from start to finish seamlessly.
Facility efficiency and longevity should be leading considerations in early planning stages – not once the utility and repair bills begin arriving. Adherence to current practices, regardless of level of certification sought, will enable a system of checks and balances for the quality of materials, workmanship, and environment related to patrons and operators.
Sustainability: Lone Star is certified with the USGBC and has many LEED® Accredited Professionals that understand how to build buildings conscientiously and in harmony with the environment. But we also take that same approach with how the building is built and with what materials, and this makes a building sustainable because it is built to last.
“Bill is an outstanding person whose knowledge and experience I depend on regularly. His devotion to details sets him apart from many others. Bill is the kind of person winning organizations are built upon.”
Chuck Cusick, Stadiums Conference Committee - Chairman, IAVM (colleague)July 15, 2011
“Not only is Bill a pleasure to be around, he is a true gentleman and an incredible resource to know and have in the sports facilities construction business. Balancing the competing needs of clients, associates, and bottom line results, his attention to detail and creative problem solving – built on a bedrock of impeccable ethics and professionalism – assure those working with Bill that they and their projects are in extremely good hands. Listen to this man, as you will certainly gain much from him.”
William Barden, AIA, Director of Architectural Development and Long Span Structures, Birdair, Inc. (business partner)October 17, 2011
“As the PM for the new Dallas Cowboy Stadium construction project, Bill was a key person I had to work with to coordinate installation activities. Bill had significant experience in this area but was always willing to learn why our new technology needed special installation considerations. I could count on Bill to drive outstanding issues to resolution or escalate them as necessary to get them resolved. It was a pleasure working with Bill and I recommend him.”
Justin Ashford, Senior Project Manager, AT&T (business partner)July 11, 2009
“Bill has an aptitude for taking a huge project with immeasurable variables and boiling them down to critical path and highest risk items. He knows what it takes to get the job done and doesn't hesitate to engage with anyone from an individual contributor up to a CEO. He can speak detailed physical construction, satellite communications, telephone systems, etc., and then turn around and address project funding, cost models and penalty negotiations. I'd want to have Bill Bury in my corner for any major construction project.”
Tracy Baudoin, Project Mgr / NSE, Cisco Systems, Inc. (business partner)July 19, 2011
“Bill brought a valuable perspective to a very difficult project. He is the kind of person you look for an opportunity to work with again.”
Ed Bosco, PE LEED, Managing Principal, ME Engineers (business partner)July 15, 2011
“I had the pleasure of working with Bill on a high profile project with a short lead time in 2004. The project required the ability to change direction on a moment’s notice while gaining consensus on critical decisions from all stakeholders. Bill and his team performed in an exemplary manner and brought the project in on time and under budget.”
Chris Bloyer (client) serving as VP of Operations at the Washington Redksins - FedExFieldJuly 15, 2011 | Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
“Bill Bury did a great job helping construct Reliant Stadium on time and on budget.” Also: “Without Bills help this project would not have gotten done on time and on budget.”
Steve Patterson (client) serving as Sr. VP and CDO for the Houston TexansJuly 15, 2011 | Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
We at FOX Sports wanted to thank you for your exemplary work that we did together on the new Dallas Stadium. The scope of television requirements on a much larger project is complex and tedious and has a language of its own. We appreciate the time that you put in with us to learn our methods, asking questions, and, most of all, seeing the plans through to an impressive completion.
We appreciate your honesty, your leadership, and your responsiveness – about identifying possibilities, potential issues, and possible solutions to the issues of camera placement, jbt box location, and wire routing.
It was great to see the fruition of a plan, as we did in the first pre-season game, and it was great to work with you for the past couple of years on this project.
I truly hope we get to work together on future projects, and it goes without saying that I would recommend you for anything that may come your way in the future. I am sure my team of consultants here at FOX Sports feels the same way.
Mike Davies (client) serving as VP of Field Operations at FOX Sports
We have faced funding challenges on this project, and had to provide numerous design options for consideration to find the best value for the City of North Augusta and the Augusta GreenJackets’ baseball team.
Bill has worked tirelessly and has put in extraordinarily long work weeks to provide really responsive and up-to-date cost data to help us assess each design option that we could present to the clients. With his invaluable assistance, we were able to reduce the cost of the project by over 15% without any sacrifices to the project scope, program and quality.
Bill is a knowledgeable team player that does “whatever it takes” to get the job done well. I would be glad to discuss Bill’s expertise further with you by phone or email, as I wholeheartedly recommend him for services related to cost estimating, project scheduling, and constructability.
J. Michael Woollen, AIA, LEED AP (client) serving as Principal with Odell Associates
The American Society of Professional Estimators serves construction estimators by providing education, fellowship, and opportunity for professional development. Education, Ethics, Standards, Certification, Fellowship… these lead to the ultimate goal Professionalism. We think you’ll agree... If all estimators were more professional, budget and other problems of the construction industry would be greatly reduced.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is transforming the way we design, build, maintain and operate our buildings, homes and communities.Better buildings are our legacy. USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
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