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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 project closeout and completion. Qualified construction managers use specialized [...]

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Identifying Risks and Exposures on Construction Projects
Identifying Risks and Exposures on Construction Projects

Construction can be precarious. Budget-busting design omissions, unforeseen conditions and everything in between can affect a project’s bottom line; for this reason, construction project risk management is one of the most vital functions of cost estimation. Risk [...]

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Top 10 Benefits of Professional Construction Management
Top 10 Benefits of Professional Construction Management

Thе bеnеfitѕ of professional соnѕtruсtiоn mаnаgеment include highly skilled рrосеѕѕes that fасilitаtе рlаnning, сооrdinаtiоn аnd соntrоl оf а рrоjесt frоm inсерtiоn tо соmрlеtiоn. A professional construction manager will bаlаnсе thе соmреting nееdѕ оf соѕt, ѕсоре аnd [...]

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How BIM Can Help Owners Save Money
How BIM Can Help Owners Save Money

Electronic drafting programs and other modeling software has changed the way construction projects are designed. Design teams are now able to work together in cyberspace, seeing their designs come to life well before construction begins. The [...]

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The Basics of Construction Mechanics Liens
The Basics of Construction Mechanics Liens

As a construction project owner, it is important that you understand what mechanics liens are and how they can potentially affect you if there is a payment issue on your project. Contractors and suppliers also need [...]

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Why Owners Should Insist on Lean Construction Methods
Why Owners Should Insist on Lean Construction Methods

Lean construction is a concept from the past that has seen a rebirth in the construction industry. The principles behind lean construction were born in manufacturing during World War II. It is only in recent years [...]

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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.