Project Definition Manual

SDG has instituted a proprietary process – the development of a “Project Definition Manual” – for each project we undertake. The depth of detail and the organization of the PDM allow a competent estimator to prepare a detailed line-item estimate before a design has been developed. Other firms may only use square-foot-based estimates that are highly inaccurate, require a value adjustment to the original design and schedule, and lead to the client’s disappointment in the design and construction process because they are introduced to an image of a finished product that may ultimately run over budget.

SDG’s process allows the project scope described in the PDM to be adjusted to conform to a client’s budget before effort and time have been invested in developing a design. When our client is presented with the initial design concept, they can rest assured it conforms to their budget, and therefore, can be delivered.

Client Service

SDG efficiently delivers services on standard type projects, but our experience and creativity allow us to take on unusual projects, solving atypical problems, and offering new approaches to construction, construction procurement, and the end-user experience.

Decades of experience on large complex projects have resulted in access to a wide range of national specialty consultants nationwide that can provide unique services and solutions to address the simplest or most complex situations.

Repeat Clients

  • General Motors Corporation
  • Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority
  • Detroit Building Authority
  • Greektown Casino
  • University of Michigan
  • Charles Wright Museum of African American History
  • Detroit Housing Commission
  • Detroit Historical Museum
  • Delta/Northwest Airlines