Detailed Knowledge & Experience Required
Construction project management is an area of expertise that’s very different from nearly all other managerial positions. To be effective for the client, a project manager is required to have a vast array of detail specific knowledge.
They must be able to efficiently manage team employees, have experience and knowledge regarding risk management, understand the operational limits of all heavy machinery and equipment to be used, keep current with regulatory training of crew members, and be able to obtain any kind of job site machinery needed as well as have experience with engineering design.
The construction project manager oversees, organizes, and plans all of the complex stages and facets of the whole construction project to maximize efficiency and reduce project costs.
Hiring The Right Construction Management Company
Whether you are the client that’s preparing to build something new, or a general contractor who just won the construction bid for a large new building project or renovation / restoration of a historical building, one of the most important things you can do is hire an experienced construction management company. It could be the single biggest money saving decision you make concerning your construction plans!
Construction management companies handle the responsibilities of the project manager and often take on the responsibility of working with your engineers and designers. Some management companies use construction software programs that can often help with keeping a project within budget, keep an accounting log, keep a log of all materials used and many programs are designed to keep track of the names of all crew members as well as record each crew members working hours.
What Makes a Good Project Manager?
A construction project must be a detailed and organized process in order for the project to be completed on time, on budget and according to the plans. The contractor of a construction project is typically the person or firm who hires a construction project manager. The project manager is hired for the position under the assumption they have extensive construction project experience and that they are able to manage project goals.
An effective and experienced project manager will be able to manage the construction project from start to finish in a smooth, congruent way that eliminates stress and builds confidence. The team at Bogner Construction brings over 100 years and 4 generations of specialized experience in commercial construction and general contracting. We know construction!
Five Important Steps Before New Construction Begins
The first task is to gather and assemble all kinds of critical job information. Normally, there are just five steps involved in the initial project planning:
- Plan – which means plan the building (and architect or building design firm) and plan what it will look like and what features it will have in order to begin to estimate pricing
- Research Land Area – local laws and codes, potential utilities problems, and contact local suppliers of construction materials & services which also will affect project costs
- Gather Client Details – Fine review of measurements & CAD drawings, get a land survey, study client goals at hand and intended building functions/uses as well as expected time restraints/requirements on project completion – all of these factors also affect project costs
- Find Problems – Know the potential problems with the current project details before they happen, and prepare. This can save a client tens-of-thousands of dollars, and months of time – this can also affect project costs
- Legal Concerns – Federal and State regulations, permits and zoning are a few concerns. Know what you’re laws are, or get an attorney on retainer for the project duration.
A competent project management firm probably has someone who specializes in each area above like Bogner does, but few have our experience.
Know the Rules & Regulations In Your Project Area
One of the most important factors of construction management is the federal, state, and local rules and regulations for construction. A big part of being able to provide exceptional project management performance is for the firm in control to understand, and be aware of, each regulation as it pertains to a particular client’s project.
There are hundreds of new construction regulations to be aware of, the planning laws and health & safety laws, which allow you to know what you can and cannot do on a construction site as well as with the building being constructed. It is crucial that the project manager be aware of the employment laws, contract laws, licensing requirements and any highway agency regulations if applicable.
Primary Responsibilities of a Project Manager
The construction project manager leads and directs the whole project team. The project manager goes well beyond simply following the building plans. They ensure the project will be properly constructed, completed within a specified time-frame, and that the project is done within the budget given them. Other responsibilities may include monitoring the subcontractors, reporting costs to the accounting department, and acting as a go between for the contractors, the building owners and the building crew.
Project management involves taking on the responsibility of the entire construction process from beginning to end. This involves being familiar with all of the materials and equipment required for every step of the project. The project manager will also have experience and knowledge in quickly resolving any unexpected problems that may arise during the build process.
Another crucial management skill is the ability to communicate well. The project manager must possess excellent communication skills and be able to use these skills accordingly, which means talking with those from different backgrounds and with different trades. It is also important to have the ability to use the latest, most up to date technologies, including construction management software.
Choosing The Best Construction Management Company
The construction industry is growing and there are a tremendous amount of opportunities for people in all areas of construction. Although the contractor is typically the person who has been awarded the “project bid“, it is the construction project management that implements the design and ensures that all plans are followed through, correctly. Choosing a building project management company gets a lot easier once you understand how complex the process is from start to finish for most commercial building contracts. This is how Bogner Construction Company brings maximum value to our clients, with 100+ years and 4 generations of construction experience.
Use Your Best Judgment
The initial screening will allow you to determine if the company you are considering is a good fit for your project. Not only is it important to request referrals from subcontractors, building owners and developers, but it is extremely important to actually contact the referrals provided. The construction project management company you are considering should possess excellent communication skills. When you are accepting and reviewing the bids, keep in mind that some companies will underbid, simply to get the project. You should trust your judgment as well as the referrals you contacted to make your final decision; and it should not be based on just the lowest bid alone, or you’ll likely be disappointed in the end.