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and multifamily high-rises. Many different kinds of developers
and owners have come to trust Dominion because of its staff 's
extensive experience in the construction industry and its ability
to create collaborative teams of project stakeholders. "We have a
great group of extremely talented people with impressive experience who are well-known in the industry," Gemignani states.
"We plan, we take responsibility, we communicate and we build
relationships with planners, designers, engineers, suppliers and
owner reps for each development or construction project," he
continues. "We take responsibility so the entire team benefits."
For each project, Dominion works to draw out the ideas and expertise of every person involved, and it maintains a single point
of contact with the client to create a simple path for communication. "We've got a relatively flat structure," Gemignani notes. "We
all have clear lines of responsibility but we help each other."
Putting the focus on responsibility helps Dominion better
manage its subcontractors, an especially important consideration
in south Florida, which Gemignani describes as one of the most
challenging markets in the country for finding quality vendors.
"In light of that, we're careful about who we use and team up
with," he says. "We have a small group of vendors we use regularly and we try to expand on that, but we're careful not to use
In many cases, it's a trial-and-error process. Subcontractors
will come through on a project and work to earn an opportunity
to return for future work. "At the end of the day, you have to find
out if they are going perform to our standards," Gemignani says.
Vendors are an integral part of Dominion's design/build process.
Traditional construction follows a design, then procure and finally,
build, roadmap; however, for design/build of agricultural projects,
Dominion procures its subcontractors first so that they can lend
their expertise to the design. "We draw from a global pool of
specialty vendors for each project. It's not possible to complete a
design without specific input from these groups," Gemignani says.
Implementing a design/build process has helped Dominion to
keep up with ever-tightening construction schedules and leave
owners satisfied. "When we are engaged early, we can minimize
the duration of the entire development process, helping our
clients get their project operational quickly," Gemignani adds.
Dominion functions as a one-stop shop
for clients looking to get into or expand
their cannabis cultivation operations.
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