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What is Construction Management?
What is Construction Management?

Professional construction project management is a super fine-tuned system designed to facilitate planning, coordination and control of a project from the early stages all the way to completion. Qualified construction managers use specialized project management techniques [...]

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What goes into a feasibility study for a construction project?
What goes into a feasibility study for a construction project?

Just like with any project management plan, the construction project process consists of a series of predetermined phases that begin with project initiation and end with closure: completion and delivery. Often, the first concrete steps of [...]

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What questions should I ask a construction manager?
What questions should I ask a construction manager?

As the client’s agent or rep, the construction manager oversees the project and works to ensure that it is delivered on schedule, within budget, and as conceptualized—down to the last details. When choosing a construction manager, [...]

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What is procurement in construction management?
What is procurement in construction management?

Simply put, the procurement process is how we go about acquiring the goods and services we need. When we’re shopping for arugula or a pair of jeans, procurement is pretty straightforward. But when we’re looking to [...]

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What is a Construction Management Plan?
What is a Construction Management Plan?

Any complex building project integrates a vast number of elements; the construction management plan, or CMP, is one of them. You might think of it as a travel plan that charts your path from point A [...]

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What are the top qualities of a first-rate construction project manager?
What are the top qualities of a first-rate construction project manager?

To lead to successful outcomes, project managers of all stripes have similar strengths. These include (but are certainly not restricted to) honesty, a knack for meticulous planning, skillful communication, the ability to delegate and work with [...]

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Planning for commercial development projects can be complex and time consuming. For optimal results, early and thorough planning should be a fundamental focus. The planning phase is the process of defining the owner’s program and determining how it is to be accomplished. Before even purchasing a potential property, we recommend owners perform a feasibility study to identify city and state municipal codes, zoning, design regulations and restrictions and community and city agency conditions that affect the parcel and what you will be permitted to build on it. Retaining a land use development consultant is advisable for large projects that require entitlement or land use approvals.

As you and your construction manager vet your professional team, ensure the architectural firm is aware of the parcel’s planning regulations and is willing and able to create a reasonable building program that incorporates the opportunities and code restrictions of the parcel. Your selected team of engineers, consultants and contractors should be consulted for their input on how to streamline the project and explore overlapping tasks wherever possible to expedite the start of construction. The construction manager will coordinate all disciplines in producing a comprehensive project plan, shaping it as it evolves with an eye for scope, cost and schedule implications. Projects benefit enormously from an experienced construction manager’s influence and management of the developing plan to ensure the owner’s vision is feasible, well-articulated, and fits budget and schedule constraints.