ISO Procedures & Principals
Schonsheck, Inc. achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification in 2001 and continues to enforce the procedures in all aspects of the company. The eight principles of the ISO standard exemplify the philosophy and standards at Schonsheck, Inc. These principles are derived from the collective experience and knowledge of the international experts who participate in ISO Technical Committee, which is responsible for developing and maintaining the ISO 9000 standards. These principles are as follows:
Understand current and future client needs, meet client requirements and
strive to exceed client expectations.
Establish unity of purpose and direction.
Involvement of People:
People at all levels are the essence of an organization.
Activities and related resources are managed as a process.
System Approach to Management :
Identifying, understanding and managing interrelated processes as a system.
Establish goals to guide, and measures to track, continual improvement.
Factual Approach to Decision Making:
Effective decisions are based on the analysis of data and information.
Mutually Beneficial Supplier Relationships:
An organization and its suppliers are interdependent and a mutually beneficial
relationship enhances the ability of both to create value.
Quality Assurance Program
The purpose of SCHONSHECK, Inc.’s Quality Assurance Program is to ensure delivery of the specified building product within the agreed upon time and budget constraints. In each pre-construction effort, we work to identify and define the client’s objectives and our commitments regarding each of these project elements.
Our commitment to quality is delivered on two levels:
1. As a company, we recognize and accept our contractual obligations in this
2. As individuals, each SCHONSHECK employee follows the lead of our management
team in aiming for and achieving excellence:
Quite simply, the people who work for SCHONSHECK, Inc. feel it is our mission to become the most efficient, responsive, knowledgeable and professional contractor in the industry -- We want to be known as the best.
Our history reflects the encouragement and maintenance of high quality standards. Having the right attitude towards quality is the single most effective assurance the right actions will be taken to achieve a quality result.
Several controls assist in achieving our quality goals:
A comprehensive Quality Assurance Program.
Weekly quality assurance meetings between the principals.
Quality as an issue at all project team kick off meetings.
Bi-monthly inspections and enforcement by the company's General Superintendent.
Standard specifications and construction details developed by the SCHONSHECK, Inc. staff.
A pre-qualified, select list of subcontractors and vendors.
Quality is a constant topic at monthly network meetings with the Architects, Estimators, and Project Managers.
Quality is a topic discussed at monthly superintendent network meetings.
Required continuing education of the SCHONSHECK, Inc. staff.
Extensive communication between our staff, subcontractors, vendors, etc.,
through detailed contracts, jobsite network meetings, and drawings prepared by our
on-staff design professionals.
SCHONSHECK, INC. maintains detailed communications between our office, our field
superintendents and our subcontractors/vendors. We accomplish this with thorough
contracts, plans and specifications, completion schedules, detailed three-week schedules
breaking down every task and jobsite network meetings with our subcontractors. When
attending one of our jobsite meetings, you can sense the partnering effect as our team
and subcontractors work collectively to overcome detail and scheduling issues if they
At SCHONSHECK, Inc. we have assembled a group of subcontractors who have worked
with our firm for several years. This produces work of a quality level that many of our
clients have previously written off as a thing of the past. By working to high standards,
our employees and subcontractors deliver an excellent product, equal to the best in the
Our quality assurance achievements are best noted by our clients:
"I am pleased to share that working with Schonsheck, Inc. has been an excellent experience from their open communication and availability during the design and permit process, their flexibility and willingness to pursue alternative modifications as they develop throughout the process, their accurate and timely invoicing process with complete backup detail, and the best news of all - they routinely complete a project at the agreed upon design/build cost (with agreed upon change orders) and are able to return a portion of the contingency line item to the organization.
Last but not least - Schonsheck, Inc. is willing to “marry their buildings” and stand behind their work in succeeding years”
John A. Herzog, Ph.D., Superintendent
Lutheran High School Association of Greater Detroit
“Many of my counterparts nationwide warned me of the perils I was about to undertake. I was told that the dragons were change orders, cost over runs, and schedule delays. Your team of professionals were great dragon slayers. You came in on budget and on time.”
Allen Huard, Vice President
Cummins Bridgeway, Inc.
“The after-sale support and responsibility that you and Schonsheck have provided is a credit to your organization. It certainly motivates me to recommend Schonsheck to others considering a building construction project. In the event that we have further building needs at SKF, you folks will be the first ones we’ll call!”
Steven F. Brown, Director
SKF North American Technical Center