Careful early planning shapes every aspect of a project’s development.
What is Estimating in Construction Project Management?
In construction, estimation is the process of forecasting the costs of building a structure. The estimating process may span several phases of a project, mirroring concept, schematic design, design development, and final construction documents. Estimation is [...] read more
The 5 Most Important Construction Project Contract Clauses
When you are working with a general contractor, it is important to set the terms of your working relationship as soon as possible. Usually this is done by entering into a construction contract of some type. [...] read more
An Expert Talks about Construction Project Management
Construction projects: sound advice for clientsIn your eyes, Ali, how can a client get the most value from working with a construction manager?When there’s a working relationship based on mutual trust and understanding, the client can [...] read more
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 [...] read more
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 [...] read more
Got what it takes to be a successful Construction Project Manager?
Pick a quality that defines a successful construction project manager.A successful construction project manager needs to be a people person. That’s number one in my mind. At the same time, I’m a by-the-book kind of guy [...] read more
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.