Program & Project Management
R. B. Brown Consulting is dedicated to understanding the asset based values of projects, while developing a strategic vision and approach to uniquely realize ownership expectations for facility mission, quality, sustainment and profitability.
We specialize in complex public-private ventures and partnerships planned, designed, and built around mixed-use development, including retail-commercial-multi-family housing, military single and multi-family housing, government operational and command facilities, student housing, industrial complexes and infrastructure, to include wet and dry utility systems, power generation facilities, and net-zero plus support systems.
R.B. Brown Consulting collaborates with some of the nation’s leading specialty consultants, architects, engineers, constructors, sureties, insurers, and investment banking firms to confirm and implement a comprehensive low risk approach to each detail of the plan.
We program and plan each development with the concerns of ownership, whether we own the development underway, or are retained as fee developers to ensure its success.
Program & Construction Management
As an owner/developer, we prefer to take full responsibility for the management of our project’s design; therefore we utilize the Construction Manager at Risk (CM at-risk) project delivery method for the majority of our projects.
Construction project management is the overall planning, coordination and control of a project from inception to completion aimed at meeting an owner’s
requirements in order to produce a functionally and financially viable project that will be completed on time, within authorized cost, and to the required quality standards.
CM at-risk is a delivery method which entails a commitment by the construction manager to deliver the project within a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), in most cases. The construction manager is brought on-board as early as possible during the planning and design phase and acts as consultant to the owner during the development and design, (often referred to as "Preconstruction Services"). The CM is the equivalent of a general contractor during the construction phase. In addition to acting in the owner's interest, the construction manager must manage and control construction costs to not exceed the GMP and ensure that the project construction schedule is met in accordance with the CM’s contract.
Because our projects are designed and engineered to meet ridged long term sustainability requirements, the CM carries a major responsibility to ensure these objectives are not compromised throughout the construction process.
R. B. Brown Consulting works closely with capital markets professionals whose experience and expertise place them in the top ranks of the investment industry.
Our broad range of investment banking planning services includes debt and equity capital research and funding programs, through institutional public and private offerings
by our associated capital markets professionals. These programs are focused around a wide array of tax-exempt issues including general obligation, utility, healthcare, housing (including military and senior), college/university student housing, tax-increment, lease, and short-term.
Our development team comprehensively plans, structures and brings the requisite design, construction, operations and lease/sustainment organizations together to successfully and efficiently execute the strategic goals of the development partners/owners. We develop and manage the project with a cradle to grave approach.
Property Management & Leasing
Just as in the case of our design excellence program, R. B. Brown Consulting selects some of the nations most experienced and professional property management and leasing firms to manage and operate our projects following construction.
Property management involves the processes, systems and manpower required to manage the life-cycle of R. B. Brown Consulting and its ownership groups acquired properties, including daily control, accountability, responsibility, maintenance, utilization, and disposition.
Lease administration involves, but is not limited to: receiving rents from facilities R. B. Brown Consulting
and its ownership groups own and paying rent for the facilities they lease. It has become an integral part of the accounting, administrative, and legal requirements normally associated with a real estate portfolio. Job responsibilities for our lease administrators and real estate professionals include: lease review and abstracting, accounting and processing, lease audits, CAM charges, lease renewal options, repairs and maintenance, information management and reporting, occupancy cost analysis, operating expense review, and document storage and maintenance.
Managing and operating net-zero and net-zero plus developments require a complex array of skill-sets by the property managers to ensure that throughout the life-cycle of each development, the operations and maintenance goals for each facility are sustained.
Project Design & Engineering
R. B. Brown Consulting employs a project focused design excellence program that selects the industry’s leading architects and engineers to maintain high standards for all of our projects. We insist on the sharing of innovative ideas, and the most up to date and leading edge technologies, to support project sustainability and operational efficiency. R. B. Brown Consulting focuses all of our project designs and engineering around the most current industry sustainment programs, whereas, each facility and its supporting infrastructure clearly meets energy, water, waste-water, and solid waste net-zero or net-zero plus efficiencies.
We require a very collaborative approach to the design for major projects, where architects, engineers and constructors are encouraged to co-locate their primary team members during the design phase to ensure optimal productivity.
R. B. Brown requires that four and five dimensional Building Information Modeling (BIM) be used by all design and construction team members to work through and coordinate each architectural and engineering discipline and their associated design details. This process definitively saves time and cost, while it further enhances the collaborative execution of the design during construction.
Net Zero Plus Energy Sustainment
Agreeing on a common definition of net-zero energy is not a simple task. In the EISA-2007 legislation Congress defined “zero-net-energy commercial building’’ as “…a high-performance commercial building that is designed, constructed, and operated —
“to require a greatly reduced quantity of energy to operate;
“to meet the balance of energy needs from sources of energy that do not produce greenhouse gases;
“in a manner that will result in no net emissions of greenhouse gases; and
“to be economically viable.”
In general, a net-zero energy building will start with an integrated whole-building design process; maximize energy-efficient envelope, equipment, and design features (including daylighting and passive heating/cooling/ventilation where possible); and carefully monitor and control all installed mechanical and electrical systems (including plug loads) to assure that they only operate when needed. With these strategies reducing annual energy demand by at least 80% compared with a typical building today, the remaining loads are at a scale where they can be met with on-site power generation (most commonly solar PV).
R. B. Brown Consulting is committed to designing, constructing, and operating facilities and whole developments that not only meet the above described criteria, but where possible, exceed this criteria to enable the facility or development to produce an excess energy capacity to feed back to the grid or be used to enhance the net operating income of the facility and development. This includes a broad array of parallel infrastructure requirements including water, waste-water, and solid waste mitigation applications brought forth with the same degree of sustainability.