Top 10 Benefits of Professional Construction Management
Why Retain a Construction Manager?
By Bart Mendel
Construction management is a highly professional process that facilitates planning, coordination and control of a project from inception to completion. Large projects can have hundreds of participants, all of whom focus on their particular contractual role. These can include the architect, interior designer and contractor, as well as many other professionals: land use consultant, permit expediter, engineers, specialty consultants & contractors such as security and automation, landscape designers, etc. For a project to be successful given its considerable number of “moving parts”, all professionals involved must be carefully vetted, coordinated and managed to bring out their best work to meet the vision and goals of the project. A qualified owner’s representative or construction manager serves as the glue holding this entire process together, filling in managerial expertise where required, controlling budgets, initiating cost savings ideas, mitigating risks and ensuring communication. There are immense benefits to retaining a good construction manager to balance the competing needs of cost, scope and schedule and guide the project to a successful completion.
Most commercial, institutional and educational owners are busy with their core operations or projects. Most residential owners are even busier with their own lives, families and businesses. Few have the depth of experience or technical expertise required to manage their own project. Most do not have the time or inclination to devote to a multi-year process through planning, entitlement, design and construction, nor should they or their agents accept the risks involved should anything go wrong. A construction manager acts as the owner’s representative and advocate, educating and leading owners through the challenges of design and construction. There are significant advantages to retaining independent project management in construction.
A professional construction manager will:
- Serve as an objective, experienced owner’s representative to protect the best interests of the Client and the project first and foremost.
- Reduce overall project costs, usually well in excess of their fees. Savings include enhanced competitive bidding, contract negotiation, value engineering, reduced change orders, reduction in time and elimination of unnecessary or duplicative scope and cost.
- Centralize communication, acting as project liaison to fully and seamlessly integrate all participants.
- Advise the client on retention of the best qualified and appropriate project team and manage them to bring out their best.
- Enhance quality controls to reduce potential for defects and poor workmanship.
- Provide realistic and reliable budgets.
- Optimize and accelerate the design and construction schedule.
- Provide cost effective document controls, including balancing contract advantages and disadvantages, negotiation and issuance on standard AIA forms, insurance review and substantiation of invoices of all project participants to ensure correctness.
- Protect the owner from unnecessary liability.
- Provide project management and technical expertise, depth of experience and ability to apply resources wherever needed.
The earlier a professional construction manager is retained, the greater the benefits. Most savings opportunities are identified during the planning and preconstruction phases when a comprehensive and accurate scope of work is established and the budget defined. Every scope decision has cost implications that need to be explored and weighed for value against schedule. At Stonemark, we focus on delivering value by identifying your goals relative to budget and quality and ensuring their timely delivery.
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