Construction Management Services

By Ken Thomson

Facility Builders & Erectors

Construction management encompasses all facets of building projects from start to finish. Tasks include acquiring design blueprints; preparing a budget; hiring subcontractors; obtaining insurance policies and building permits; and supervising the entire project.

Construction management coordinators work closely with everyone involved in the project. This might include design engineers, architects, subcontractors, carpenters, stonemasons, and other specialty tradesmen, as well as city council members or local bureaucrats.

The majority of project owners hire General Contractors to manage complex projects. However, owners can take on the role of project manager as long as they are qualified and capable of carrying out all responsibilities associated with the job.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor nearly two-thirds of construction managers are self-employed. It's essential to employ contractors who are experienced in the type of project.

This industry encompasses residential and nonresidential building construction; building equipment contractors; heavy and civil engineering construction; and architectural, engineering, and related services.

Managing construction projects necessitates being familiar with every phase and the ability to overcome any challenges that arise. The initial phase involves strategic planning to determine what kind of building is needed and how it will be built. For instance, erecting steel buildings is considerably different than wood frame structures or precast concrete structures.

The initial phase also focuses on identifying other construction partners such as architects and subcontractors. Once partners are chosen, construction managers prepare budgets and schedules; provide written performance requirements; and consult about the project scope.

The second phase of construction management involves gathering all resources required to complete the project. This can include ordering building materials; procuring heavy equipment and machinery; and securing laborers, plumbers, electricians, and other utility providers.

Throughout the project, construction managers must remain in constant contact with all personnel to reduce delays and setbacks. Team leaders report to project managers and provide progress reports outlining completed tasks.

Last, but not least, managers must be aware of building codes and construction laws, such as OSHA and HAZMAT regulations. Not only is this necessary for workplace safety, it also is needed to minimize exposure to legal litigation.

When selecting a construction management firm it is recommended to work with those experienced in the specific field. This is especially true when managers will oversee multi-million dollar construction projects.

Large commercial and industrial projects often necessitate hiring a cost accounting manager to ensure projects remain within budget. Many firms that are involved with specialized building projects have on-site accounting managers.

Utilizing construction management is a smart approach for minimizing mistakes that can lead to costly delays or legal litigation. This method focuses on team building to ensure all construction partners aim toward the same goal of providing a high quality product.

At Facility Builders & Erectors, we have more than 20 years experience in construction management. We strive to satisfy the Owner's vision, while complying with local, state, and federal laws and zoning regulations.

Our experience includes work in a variety of fields including tenant improvements, office renovations, commercial and industrial, environmental science, transportation, and aviation.

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Published on November 07, 2012 | Comments: 0

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