What is a Construction Manager and why do I need one? :: The Construction Management Pro

What is a Construction Manager and why do I need one?

I am glad you asked. A Construction Manager (CM) can be assigned responsibility for a variety of facets of the construction process from the initial conception of a project thru implementation to its completion. The construction manager assures that the project remains within the client’s budget and is completed in a timely manner. The construction manager makes sure that all aspects of the project adhere to a high level of quality and standards. The construction manager often represents the Owner of a project and interfaces between the Owner and the construction professionals (architects, inspectors, vendors, contractors et. al.).  While typically responsible for some aspects of the construction of a physical structure, the CM can also be someone who works for the Owner as a project manager to develop and integrate processes and procedures needed for the successful planning and execution of  the construction project.t

Key responsibilities

Construction managers are often responsible for organizing and facilitating the inception, implementation and completion of a project. Therefore, a construction manager must be someone who can work effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment while being mindful of the challenges or constraints of the projects. Above all, teh CM must be a team leader and problem solver as roadblocks and difficulties are inevitable in the construction process. Construction managers are also responsible for ensuring that all aspects of a construction project are carried out safely and adhere to the regulations that govern the project. Construction managers must ensure that required permits and licenses necessary to legally carrying out a project are secured.

Educational and Experience Requirements

Most construction managers hold a college level degree in fields such as civil engineering, construction science, construction management or architecture. Further technical knowledge and experience is required in specific areas related to risk management, contract & construction law, environmental regulations, OSHA and DEP requirements as well as means and methods needed to carry out the requirements of constructing the specific project. For example, construction managers should be capable of understanding engineering and architectural plans for the specific project, LEED requirements if necessary etc.  Such experience can be obtained through field training and working in the construction industry on related projects. The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) also provides continuing education and certification for construction managers.

What to Look for in a CM

Some construction managers started their careers working for trades contractors in fields such as architecture, engineering, or local government divisions among other specialty trades fields. Many construction managers who are also self-employed have had previous experience working for general contractors, other CM firms and as code officials.  The need for of construction managers is increasing due to the construction process becoming progressively more complicated and technical with the introduction of new forms of technology (Green construction, LEED, BIM) and more complex laws regarding construction regulations, standards and practices. The opportunity retain a qualified advocate for the Owner and one whose sole motivation is to deliver a project on time and on budget advances the position that the construction manager should be considered an intergral part of any construction project. Your construction manager should be will to be very involved in every step taken within a construction project. The construction manager will be responsible for overseeing details regarding a wide array of aspects such as materials, equipment, safety, workforce, budget, design and timeline. Excellant communication skills are needed to transmit their finding both up and down the chain of command to ensure that the Owner’s vision of the project is being implemented and risks to the project’s success are identified, communicated and a plan to mitigate them developed and implemented. The construction manager must divide a project into a series of steps and make sure that each degree of the project is carried out effectively and to the desired standard so that the ensuing steps can also be implemented properly.

Basically, if you want it built right, you should be our client.

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