Our design and build services are separated here for convenience sake, but in reality they comprise our seamless design/build delivery process. Managing the project delivery process is the core strength of Enclos, something at which we excel beyond all our competition. This capability provides us consistent control over the vital requirements of schedule, quality and cost, and allows us to consistently deliver top quality economically and on time. This capability is the basis for our many long-term relationships with developers, general contractors and architects.
Each new project undertaken by Enclos is treated as unique, with a custom delivery strategy developed in direct response to the singular set of considerations presented by the project. This custom strategy, however, is developed through a uniform process unique to Enclos that embraces the spectrum of activities from pre-construction through design, engineering, procurement, fabrication, assembly and erection. This process, developed and refined through the successful completion of hundreds of remarkably diverse facade and curtainwall installations, serves to mitigate the inherent risk of a challenging building project by enhancing the predictability of performance, schedule and cost.
Project management is an empowered function at Enclos, and key to our success. Personnel skilled and experienced in project management are vital to the success of any construction project. Our project management teams lead design development, production engineering, fabrication, assembly and field operations, bridging these various activities to form an organized, unified continuum of project development throughout the design and build process. Enclos project management personnel receive extensive training and years of on-the-job experience before being appointed to the position and entrusted with the responsibility of running their own projects.
Our people understand the critical importance of a building project being delivered on-time and on-budget, a fact that our past clients can best attest to. We will happily provide you with such references.
Curtainwall fabrication and assembly is a critically important part of the project development process. Enclos maintains dedicated manufacturing operations in key geographic locations capable of providing fabrication services for the most complex designs and the most challenging project schedules. Our facilities incorporate state-of-the-art equipment and processes for curtainwall unit fabrication and assembly. In addition, to provide adequate capacity for the fluctuating demands typical of the building marketplace, we have developed a network of outside fabrication sources. These partner fabricators and material suppliers have been rigorously trained and qualified in relevant aspects of Enclos curtainwall systems, and all have successfully provided services on prior Enclos projects.
Supply Chain Management
Our global supply chain is a significant corporate asset that we provide to our clients, who receive the benefit of the most competitive possible cost independent of the fluctuations of local market conditions. Global economies, currencies and markets are shifting faster and more dramatically than ever before. In order for domestic firms to provide optimum solutions to their client’s needs, it is mandatory that they be able to procure materials and services from a global market providing the best combination of quality, lead-time and cost.
Recognizing this, Enclos launched an initiative in 2002 to develop its nascent network of key suppliers into a world-class global procurement machine. Enclos has successfully provided project materials and services from diverse areas of Europe and Asia on dozens of domestic projects, saving our clients many millions of dollars in the process. In circumstances where domestic supply is a requirement Enclos has both its own dedicated manufacturing facilities and qualified domestic suppliers.
Design or material supply problems surfacing in manufacturing are a frustrating and costly annoyance, while design or manufacturing problems surfacing on the building site are a disaster. There is far too much at stake in the building process to settle for anything less than top quality and the programs that consistently deliver it. Effective quality programs garner the participation of everyone in the organization from top to bottom while reaching throughout the web of company operations and activities. We have developed and refined our quality assurance and quality control programs over the span of many years and hundreds of diverse project experiences — another way that our deep experience works for you. These programs are robust and all embracing, ranging from management systems and procedures to the minutia of in-line quality verification processes. In addition, we develop a specific quality plan for each new project based on an analysis that identifies and accounts for any unique aspect of the project whether it is material type, location, site condition, performance requirement or design detail.
We would be happy to provide you with a more detailed summary of our quality assurance program.
Enclos has been awarded many projects over its competitors because of a reputation for performance on the building site.
Everyone involved in the construction process knows the critical importance of the building site, the playing field for the contracting teams. This is where the myriad complexities of a construction project converge and coalesce into architecture. The building site must be a particular focus for systems such as the building skin, where a large part of the process takes place off site; design, engineering, fabrication and assembly all precede the delivery of material to the site and the commencement of field installation. Yet the site is where all must come together. These preceding activities must be accomplished with a keen eye to the site, anticipating unique site-specific requirements and developing effective installation strategy to assure optimum performance. Poor performance by a single contractor can disrupt an entire building site.
Field operations are a core strength of Enclos, and the attribute for which we are most widely recognized by the building community.
Our performance on the building site mitigates risk for both the design and build teams. This core strength has proven an effective tool in helping architects realize their design intent while staying within a determined budget, while assisting general contractors in controlling the building site and maintaining project schedules, and in providing owners a top quality building coupled with the economics of efficient delivery.
Field Operations Team
The Enclos field operations teams manage our site operations across the country. They begin their project involvement in collaboration with the pre-sales design and estimating team, assisting in analyzing the site, determining installation strategy and preparing for the project bid. On new contracts they continue this involvement by coordinating installation requirements through all pre-installation activity: design, engineering, fabrication and delivery.
Our project managers and field supervisors undertake comprehensive installation planning and the development of a unique strategy carefully tuned to the specific requirements of each project and building site. They are in constant motion visiting active sites on a regular basis, monitoring progress and looking for opportunities to expedite work.
Preplanning and Installation Strategy
Our people understand the building site. Enclos has secured many of its projects on the basis of a clear and convincing installation strategy. Constrained urban sites with ambitious building programs present perhaps the biggest single challenge in the entire building process. Virtually every aspect of the facade design must be considered with respect to the building site, with many design decisions ultimately constrained by the realities to be encountered there.
The success of Enclos as a provider of curtainwall systems for some of the most ambitious building projects in history results in large measure from the ability of the firm to design, engineer, fabricate, assemble and deliver a product in support of a superior installation strategy, a product that goes together faster and cheaper on the building site. This is not simply a matter of a good anchor detail; it is a function of advanced system design, delivery sequencing, material handling, crew rotations, equipment usage, and the minutia of planning and scheduling amidst the remarkable complexity of a demanding building site.
Union Field Personnel
Enclos is proud to have a long and productive relationship with both the ironworker and glazier unions. Through offices located across the United States, Enclos has established lasting connections with ironworkers and glaziers in each region. We manage our field operations through a mobile group of national superintendents, and with national support we train our field teams, ensure compliance with best practices, promote safety and quality standards, and coordinate with labor unions.
Our talented union crews most effectively differentiate us from our competition on the building site.
The safety of our people is of paramount importance, and we endeavor to be most rigorous in our safety planning. Enclos has embraced a Zero Accident philosophy as represented by the Construction Industry Institute. We have a comprehensive site safety plan that instigates and manages a project specific safety program for all of our employees and subcontractors. The program consists of training, weekly toolbox meetings and careful site evaluation prior to the commencement of work activities. Our safety program includes the following practices:
- preparation of a site-specific safety plan for each project
- inclusion of safety training as a budget item in project bid preparation
- top management participation in investigation of recordable injuries
- provision for anonymous disclosure of unsafe conditions or behavior
- assurance that every worker receives a minimum of 4 hours per month of safety training
- each safety professional serving a maximum of 50 site workers