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Which Delivery Method is the Most Appropriate for Your Construction Project?
Which Delivery Method is the Most Appropriate for Your Construction Project?

A construction project's planning, design, and construction can be organized in several ways, also known as delivery methods. Like contract types, delivery methods dictate the contractual relationships between the client and the contractor, while adding the [...]

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What are Submittals in Construction?
What are Submittals in Construction?

Like the wheels of a clock, countless procedures work in concert to deliver a successful construction project. Construction submittals are one such process and are used to enforce a project's design requirements and fulfill the client's [...]

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Unforeseen Conditions: Hazards That Can Derail a Renovation Project
Unforeseen Conditions: Hazards That Can Derail a Renovation Project

Renovation projects are an exciting opportunity to breathe new life into a building.Lamentably, they're also prone to shocking cost overruns and time delays that stem from defects hiding in a building's walls or structure. Apart from [...]

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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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The Benefits of Skillful Contract Administration
The Benefits of Skillful Contract Administration

How to Optimize your Construction ProjectIf you're planning a construction project, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the clauses of the construction contract. Yes, they are complicated. But you don't have to manage them alone. [...]

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Why Coordination is Key in Construction Design
Why Coordination is Key in Construction Design

Most projects require the input of several disciplines' to produce a complete set of drawings and specifications needed to erect a building. Architects, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers usually comprise the design team, while [...]

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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.