Services & Delivery


Feasibility Support

Deacon is often involved with clients in the conceptual stage of the project to determine the project’s viability. Our decades of experience enables us to provide accurate and detailed early evaluation of cost, schedule and constructability constraints.


Conceptual cost estimates to determine whether the project is financially viable.

Constructability reviews to identify challenges and ensure that the project can be constructed efficiently.

Building and site analysis to discover prohibitive site conditions. 

Schedule information to provide early timing parameters.


Once the project moves beyond feasibility, our preconstruction team partners with our clients and the design team to develop a comprehensive and integrated program that incorporates the goals for cost, constructability, schedule and an efficiently operating facility.

One key to success is to incorporate the evaluation of cost, constructability, and maintenance into the process before Design Development proceeds. By taking this approach, it eliminates the need to 'value engineer' the project after the design is underway, avoiding the need for costly redesign.

Our preconstruction services include:

Cost estimating and budget control, during critical early design phases, provides the tools needed to design to a budget. 

Constructability review during design assures that the design selections also meet the needs for an easily constructed building.

Scheduling is monitored throughout this crucial phase to ensure that project milestones are maintained.

Building Information Modeling

BIM is an intelligent 3D model that wraps architecture, engineering and construction input into a program that helps predict potential construction conflicts, before work in the field begins. The use of BIM has proven to prevent construction conflicts, speed up schedules and reduce cost. Our recent work with BIM on the new 400,000 sf IKEA near Seattle and a 5-story apartment project in Portland has provided the same benefits on these projects. Our BIM professionals work with the designers, subcontractors and suppliers to incorporate the BIM process into our projects.

Project Delivery


Design-build is a very appropriate delivery method, depending on the goals of the client. This approach provides the owner with a single source for design and construction, fostering a teamwork attitude between contractor and designer and thereby eliminating many of the conflicts that can arise between design and construction. We have had success with the design-build delivery model in projects ranging from tenant improvements to new buildings.    

Collaborative Project Delivery

The success of Collaborative Project Delivery is dependent on a teamwork approach being embraced by everyone. This process includes the owner, designer, end-user, contractor, subcontractors and property manager to establish goals and a vision for the project, before design begins. Our company’s core philosophy fits well with this model.

LEAN: Implementing Lean design and construction practices provides focus on ways to reduce waste, increase efficiency and generate project value. By using a Lean approach, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the construction process and generate the most effective end result.

TARGET VALUE DESIGN: Taking the project's goals and vision into account, the design is directed to achieve this targeted end result. The criteria studied to achieve the goals and vision include cost, durability, long-term maintenance, sustainability and constructability. 

PULL-PLANNING:  By working from the completion date backward, we define and sequence tasks to accomplish that goal. Pull-planning often highlights the need for early order of long-lead items, just in time delivery, and improved leveling of resources.