When Tom Bearn left a longtime role with a well-respected Philadelphia general contractor, he took a strong sense of personal responsibility and an entrepreneurial spirit. He founded TFAB Group, LLC, late in 2014 and has quietly built the business into a successful construction consulting and project management practice serving building owners and contractors in southern New Jersey and greater Philadelphia.
“Our measure of success is simple,” said Bearn. “We want to build long-term relationships that offer long-term value.”
Bearn calls a project successful not only when it is completed on time and on budget, but also when the team has a shared sense of pride and wants to work together again. He places a lot of emphasis on trust and cooperation, making projects run smoothly for his clients and his colleagues.
TFAB Group provides third-party construction consulting and project management services guided by Bearn’s personal accountability and solutions-oriented outcomes. The firm’s work is shaped by the principles of Lean Construction and Bearn’s 30-plus years in the industry. TFAB Group looks for ways to streamline projects, create efficiencies, avoid waste, and help owners understand where and how their budgets are being spent. The company uses teamwork, organization, and technology to shape project results.
“We define value from the owner’s perspective,” Bearn added. “We deliver results with their concerns in mind through every stage of a project.”
He explained that TFAB Group thinks about projects and approaches its work to achieve great projects and improved processes. Bearn has personally spearheaded and developed procedures manuals to keep superintendents and project managers on the same page. He has implemented general conditions approaches to make bidding more competitive. His operational procedures have standardized project start-up, submittals, cost management, and quality control. TFAB Group has tools and metrics in place to track and measure schedule performance.
And in an era of email, Bearn and his team still pick up the phone and meet face-to-face, believing that good communication builds trust and teamwork.
TFAB Group’s comprehensive project management services range from budget and RFP development and team selection to construction oversight, developer coordination, and constructability reviews.
Construction consulting and support services can help a new contractor with start-up, or help an experienced construction firm with Lean Construction training, best practices, logistics and phasing plans, and construction management.
TFAB Group also offers construction loan consulting, feasibility assessments, conflict resolution, and construction monitoring and reporting.
TFAB Group serves clients in healthcare, education, senior living, and general commercial markets. Bearn and his team offer in-depth experience with Life Safety Code compliance, complex regulatory approval processes, LEED certified projects, and phasing work within occupied buildings.