When you’re looking to create a new build from scratch, it’s a relief to learn that you won’t be going it alone. From subcontractors to architects, quite a few professionals get their hands on the ball, leaving you with nothing less than the facility of your dreams. (If you choose the right commercial contractor for the job!)

The construction project manager plays an essential part in every stage of your project. Let’s take a look at what this role encompasses, and how it leads to project success when done right.

What Is Construction Project Management?

Construction management is the use of specialized tools and techniques to monitor the progress of a construction project.

Construction management happens right from the stages of pre-construction planning and design to the end of construction. It makes it possible to observe and control the length of time it takes to complete a project, the costs, and the quality.

A construction manager is in charge of the process. They manage construction workers to ensure that they are working to deliver the right quality project in a safe, cost-efficient way.

Construction Management vs. At-Risk Construction Management

Construction project management comes in two overarching types. Here’s a brief overview.

At-Risk Construction Project Management

In this method of construction management, you give the reins to your preferred professional more than you would while using its counterpart. The construction management team handles everything from hiring subcontractors to designing the building. All you need to do is stay in contact with the management team and you’re as good as golden.

The “At-risk” part of the name comes from the construction management company assuming  the risk when they take on the project. They are responsible for compensation should the work go over budget since they’re in charge of so much of the orchestration. While this may mean that you pay a little more for their services, it protects you from liability in the long run.

General Construction Management

If you prefer a more active approach to managing your build, consider general construction management. As opposed to at-risk construction management, this method allows you to pick your subcontractors, giving you more control over how things turn out.

While your management company will still be around to advise, you’re in the driver’s seat. Which also means that, unlike at-risk construction project management, you do incur some financial liability should your project go over budget.

Advantages of a Great Commercial Construction Project Manager

A construction project manager must have solid financial management skills, know how to be assertive, have solid industry knowledge and understand risk management. And that’s just a starting point!

Regardless of what type of management you choose, when done well, it comes with more than its fair share of benefits.

Construction Project Management Improves Project Predictability

With the implementation of construction management techniques, it is possible to predict the outcome of a project. Different construction and management techniques are implemented intentionally to influence the value of a project. It gives the owner a sense of control over the project.

Project owners should choose construction management firms that have a good reputation. They should be experienced and professional.

They Enable Cost Control

A construction manager collaborates with the construction team to develop a realistic budget. They are in charge of ensuring that constructors remain within the budget limits. They oversee competitive bidding, eliminate unnecessary costs, the negation of contracts based on merit, and  ensure that all the resources are used efficiently.

They Offer Advice

Your construction managers are there to represent your interests. They give you advice on who is most likely to meet the needs of your clients and who does not need to continue working for you. They may advise you on how to maximize value and reduce costs.

Most construction managers have worked with many teams, so they can recommend the best ones for you. They have a better understanding of the project than you do, so you may always go to them with questions.

They Save Project Time

You may be too busy handling your other projects and developments to give a new project the attention it deserves. A construction manager does that on your behalf. They learn about your demands and interests and represent you. All you need to do is to give them a specific objective to work on.

They Protect you From Liability

In the unfortunate event that something goes wrong with your development, your construction manager takes liability for it in certain cases.

They Improve Project Value

A good construction manager helps you to maintain the proper execution of processes. They help you pick the right contractors for the job to promote responsibility in all operations which may improve the value of your development.

Miller Architects & Builders: Top-Quality Commercial Construction Management and More

We’re your allies in the construction process all the way from pre-to-post. Contact Miller Architects & Builders at 320-251-4109 for all your construction management needs in the St. Cloud Metro and the surrounding areas.