About Washington LandmarkWashington Landmark is owned and operated by Trevor and Karl Voglmayr:

 
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Karl Voglmayr

Karl has over twenty years experience managing construction projects in the DC metropolitan area. After attending Clark University ’87 (BA) and Johns Hopkins University ’90 (MS), he worked at Trammel Crow Construction and Development as a financial and project manager. Karl resides in American University Park with his wife Lorrette, and their two children. Karl’s contracting management skills will help you to achieve a high level of satisfaction throughout the project.


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Trevor Voglmayr

Trevor provides site supervision and works closely with our sub-contractors. Trevor resides in Cabin John, MD, with his wife Kathy and their two children. Trevor is adept at maximizing space, and provides essential insight into the design process. Trevor’s technical know-how is un-matched in the industry.

What to Expect

It is our pleasure to turn your space into your dream. Realizing that construction projects can be stressful, we strive to complete our projects on time and we offer multiple contacts to our firms managers so you can get your questions answered quickly.

Read on to learn more about our process:

  • Creating Positive Partnerships with You +

    Our process begins by creating a partnership with the client. From the initial consultation to the final punch-list we work closely with you to ensure that the project meets your expectations. We provide a detailed breakdown of the cost components so that financial parameters are created and cost over-runs are mitigated. We use AIA (American Institute of Architects) standard contracts which provide a fair contract for both parties.
  • The Four Steps of the Building Process +

    While the scale is smaller, the construction process for a single family dwelling is a streamlined version of the one used for an entire apartment building. A tremendous amount of thinking, talking, negotiating and contracting is required before work begins. Good management means careful control. Throughout the building process, we need to ensure that:
    1. Everything is "documented"
    2. Work is done appropriately (according to acceptable building practice) and in a timely manner.
    3. Costs are understood and remain at budget.
    4. Owner risk is mitigated (e.g. adequate insurance coverage; understanding of sub-contractors' responsibilities).
  • Room-by-room Analysis +

    Whether or not you will occupy the house during the construction process, a thoughtful room-by-room analysis must be undertaken. What needs to be replaced? Rearranged? While written specifications often take the place of blueprints or drawings in residential construction, this is not our first choice. Drawings get more precise results.
  • Line-item Budgeting +

    Budgeting is a matter of taking the specifications and assigning a cost to each "line item" or separate task. By grouping line items in the form of a spreadsheet you can calculate the cost of each part of the project.
  • Past the Start Date +

    Construction starts when we agree to a specific start date. "The notice to proceed" (which is an actual calendar date) will be incorporated in the contract. When work begins, we have three tasks:
    1. Help maintain the job momentum by communicating quickly and clearly with you the owner;
    2. Process all necessary paperwork/e-mails;
    3. Help resolve any design problems discovered during construction.
  • Inspections and Payments +

    The owner should conduct periodic progress inspections or "walk-throughs" to: 1) Document percentage of work completed; 2) Document work in progress, and 3) Make sure that the project plans, specifications, schedule, and general requirements are being adhered to. The contract should link payments to these inspection dates. The contractor should submit an invoice or draw request prior to each inspection date. During the walk-thru, the owner can use invoice/spreadsheet request as a basis for comparison. Note all construction activities that are 100% complete and assign a partial percentage for anything else. Also note any items that do not adhere to the specs. You can then calculate the work done and compare it with the invoice. Once the payment amount is agreed to, both parties should sign the invoice and set the next walk-thru date.
  • Substantial Completion Inspections +

    Substantial Completion Inspections verify that construction work has been completed to a "state of possible occupancy" and has been approved, if necessary, by building and/or mechanical (plumbing, electrical, and HVAC) inspectors from your local jurisdiction. Additionally, many jurisdictions accept a certified 3rd party inspector to perform the inspections. The 3rd party inspector usually saves time. After the inspections, a walk-thru should be undertaken, and a "punch-list" of all work items to be brought up to standard or needing to be completed. When the "punch-list" is completed, a final inspection should be performed, maintenance procedures should be discussed, and final payment should be made. With that, the project is closed!
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