Client Involvement

Virtual Design and Construction


Client Involvement | How we enable you to make informed decisions

C.D. Smith doesn’t just construct your building. We get our clients involved on the journey to experience and produce the quality building they envision. Using different technologies, we enable clients to fully comprehend what their building will be like through the universal language of visualization. We provide the tools and expertise to visually track and control costs and be active participants throughout design and construction.

Visualization and Virtual Reality

C.D. Smith has the in-house capability to help you and others visualize or convey your building’s design and options. Here are a few scenarios where visuals can assist:
• Board Approvals
• Referendums
• Municipality Approvals
• Public Awareness
• Tenant Sales
• Site Selection
• Design Alternatives
• Value Engineering Options
• Interior Finish Selections

In C.D. Smith’s virtual reality room, we allow clients to walk through and interact with their building in an immersive virtual environment.

C.D. Smith Construction Virtual Reality Client Benefits


Model Quantity Takeoffs

C.D. Smith Construction Assemble Quantities Drawing

What it is – C.D. Smith uses is a web-based, 3D model, quantity takeoff solution for visual tracking of quantity/cost changes on projects.

What it does - This enables us to do iterative cost control, by identifying weekly delta changes in material quantities on model updates. This allows the design team to be kept informed for making incremental adjustments to keep a project within budget rather than waiting on milestone sets.

What problem does it solve - Traditional workflows halt the process to gather a cost, oftentimes resulting in making time-intensive design changes (value engineering and redesign exercises) to bring the project back within budget, extending the design schedule and delaying the construction start date. This iterative cost control method avoids disrupting the design, schedule, and owner expectations by having a constant cost status.

Owner Benefits:
• Improved cost control via iterative estimating and delta change tracking executed in near-real-time
• Transparency/visibility of material quantity/cost changes
• Visualize the cost impact of design alternatives and value engineering options
• Improve decision making and collaboration between owner, architect and contractor
• Reduces surprise budget busts
• Reduces schedule slips due to redesigns and value engineering exercises
• Broadly accessible, user-friendly interface with no additional software required


3D Building Design Involvement

With Procore BIM activated across C.D. Smith Construction’s projects, owners can now visualize their building during the coordination and construction processes. 2D drawings can only offer so much for visualizing a space, and multiple drawings across multiple trades need to be referenced to spatially piece together the building mentally. With a 3D model showing all trades of work combined into one master model, clientele can walk their buildings' spaces with the full scope of building components in view.

Owners can now be more active contributors during the design and contractor coordination process. It allows them to see the building design progress and ask for changes along the way. Doing this digitally avoids costly change orders when requesting changes after physically seeing it being installed.

The model viewer’s easy accessibility and simplicity in navigation create a feasible and realistic tool for clients and the entire project team. The model is accessible on mobile devices and desktop PCs. Therefore, the model is accessible at any time and any place.

Procore BIM is also a staple for the construction team onsite. Having one united model viewer amongst all contractors means everyone is building to the current coordinated design. Quality control and sequencing are easily managed using the tool, eliminating disputes and change orders.

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About C.D. Smith

C.D. Smith Construction is an industry leader in safely providing the highest quality commercial construction services. Utilizing an integrated approach and self-performing trade services combined with technical expertise, our team serves as a solutions provider throughout all phases of a project, from planning through construction. With veteran leadership and a dedication to our employees and clients, we proudly place our name on projects of all sizes across the United States.

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Corporate Headquarters
125 Camelot Drive
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Milwaukee Office
241 North Broadway
Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Madison Office
316 West Washington Avenue
Suite 900 
Madison, WI 53703

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333 Front Street North
Suite 701 
La Crosse, WI 54601

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