If you’ve ever needed home repairs, you know it’s not hard to manage one electrician or plumber. But if you’re remodeling or constructing a new building, it’s not as simple. You will have to manage a team of experts for the different phases of construction. Not only will you have to hire and properly schedule subcontractors, but you’ll also have to think about zoning restrictions, geotechnical concerns, permits, and more.
It’s a lot of work to manage a construction project by yourself. Hiring a qualified construction manager will help guide you through your project to ensure it is completed successfully.
What is a Construction Manager?
A construction manager is someone who works on the project from concept to completion. Your construction manager will collaborate with the designers and contractors to ensure your project is completed within budget and on time while managing the day-to-day tasks and problem-solving any issues that arise.
This is different from a general contractor, who manages a project after building plans are drawn. Another key difference between construction managers and general contractors is their fees. Typically, a general contractor will prepare an estimate, add a markup, and submit a lump sum bid. Construction managers prepare a budget, bid and award the subcontracts on an open book basis, and typically charge a percentage fee for their services.
Why Hire a Construction Manager
Start to Finish Management
A major benefit of a construction manager is that they are with you from start to finish, so they will have a deep understanding of your project.
They will work with you and the project architect to complete the design drawings, specifications, and timeline. They will guide your project through the approval process, a step that takes time and experience. Site issues and geotechnical concerns will be identified during the design phase by the construction manager in conjunction with geotechnical and civil engineers.
During construction, the manager will obtain the various permits and schedule the required inspections.
Your construction manager will also complete the little things at the end of the project you might not think about, such as filing paperwork, cleaning up the job site, paying invoices, and returning rental equipment.
Your manager will hire subcontractors for your project. They have a large network of contractors and have the expertise to negotiate the subcontracts or change orders.
Your construction manager will also make sure the subcontractors meet your operational, design, and budget requirements.
A construction manager will also provide an experienced superintendent to supervise your project. The superintendent will review drawings, schedule inspections, coordinate public utilities, ensure quality control, and maintain a safe job site. Your superintendent is also important for scheduling the project so all tasks are properly sequenced and completed.
Managing Budget and Paperwork
Your experienced construction management team will maintain the budget and administer contracts. They will review and approve invoices, monitor all expenditures, and provide the documentation that your bank requires. They will request the lien waivers and insurance to protect you and your business from unnecessary legal disputes. Lastly, they will assure all closeout, project documents, and warranties are completed properly.
Work with A.R. Brouwer
There are many steps that go into constructing or renovating a building. Hiring an experienced construction manager will ensure your project is completed on time and on budget. This allows you to focus on your business instead of managing your construction project. Trying to take on this role without extensive experience can cause delays and extra expenses.
At A.R. Brouwer Company, our construction management team will work with you and your team through every phase of your project. We verify constructability, solicit bids from qualified subcontractors, and use value engineering to manage your project to reduce costs without sacrificing quality. Contact us at (734) 426-9980 to learn more about how we can help you manage your next project!