Construction Management

Construction Management

Our construction managers get involved during the early design stages, when the scope of the project isn’t clearly defined yet. That’s why, in most cases, owners’ contract with construction management through a “two-stage” or “progressive contracting” model.

Work can proceed with reduced risk and cost to the owner, without delaying the process until the entire project is designed. The CM also shares administration of the project contingencies and means that any savings will revert to the owner instead of the contractors.

During this pre-construction phase, the construction manager is going to:

  • Determine how to break up the work to deliver the best subcontractors for each scope of work.
  • Leverage their expertise and connections to enhance workflow.
  • Align with the most qualified subcontractors for each project.
  • Provide key input on construction methods, materials, and lead times.

The construction manager can then solicit bids for subcontractors and equipment, involving the owner in the process to ensure budget requirements are fulfilled.
For example, the construction manager can draw up a foundation package and an equipment package, then bid each one to specialized subcontractors.
The project can leverage competitive bidding, but it’s done by pricing bid packages rather than the entire project.
Overall, bringing a construction manager on board during the design process saves you time and money while reducing the risk of reworking a finalized design. In a traditional design-bid-build scenario, market feedback usually occurs only after the project is already fully designed and out for bid. Viable money-saving alternatives usually mean re-design with all the associated costs of rework and the delay of completing new documents.