O'Neal's Business Savvy Takes the Guesswork Out of Capital Projects
The following appeared in Forbes, Nov. 5, 2012 Issue.
Challenging industrial capital construction projects with complicated processes and intricate designs are the specialty of O’Neal, Inc. The integrated design and construction company’s multi-disciplined team of creative professionals galvanize around complex projects for manufacturers in automotive, process chemical, pharmaceuticals and other industrial manufacturing sectors.
“Complex projects don’t intimidate us,” says O’Neal’s CEO, Kevin Bean. “Our comprehensive in-house staff of design and construction professionals, including process and manufacturing engineers with real world experience in manufacturing, works collaboratively to solve problems and find opportunities for value engineering. Always foremost in our mind is the understanding that, at the end of the day, our clients must make products.”
Sensitivity to the practical business constraints of every project is an O’Neal trademark. For example, O’Neal removes unnecessary obstacles by aligning capital project plans with the business objectives and production requirements of its clients.
“Business owners and managers often have few procurement options. We don’t force them to work according to our plan,” explains Bean. “We offer an adaptable approach and develop custom solutions for each of our clients.”
O’Neal’s business acumen provides clients with a high level of confidence when deciding whether or not to move forward with design and construction for a capital project. The O’Neal Pre-construction process results in a guaranteed cost and schedule for projects. O’Neal’s team has the experience, market intelligence and expertise to determine accurately the scope, cost and schedule of the project upfront, establish a plan that minimizes changes and unexpected costs, and assumes the cost and schedule risk once the project is funded.
For more than 35 years, some of the largest domestic and international manufacturers doing business throughout the U.S. have relied on O’Neal for complete services or a customized mix of services to meet their specific needs. The company also earned recognition being named an ENR Top 500 design firm, ABC of the Carolina’s General Contractor of the Year, and recently being named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina.
“O’Neal’s ability to adapt to owner demands and revised design criteria based on changing information was outstanding,” says Craig Burghardt, Project Director for UPM Raflatac Inc. “The design of the site and building was nearing completion when a major redesign was required. Instead of resisting the change, O’Neal rallied to the challenge and completed the design in a timely and professional manner.”“When you are an employee-owned company, you have a different mindset,” concludes Bean. “We address the technical concerns that go into any successful capital project while at the same time always being mindful of our client’s core business.”