7 Areas of Commercial Construction Management

By Scott Hamele

commercial renovations

A Smooth Transition from Design to Construction in Commercial Renovations

Commercial renovations can require up to 120 common responsibilities from a building contractor’s construction manager (CM) according to the Construction Management Association of America. Construction DesignWorks, LLC values all areas of commercial construction management. Managing even a small tenant finish project requires directing and coordinating multiple subcontractors, understanding every detail of the design and coordinating material, as well as human resources. The role of a project or construction manager is the most important role of a successful project.

Commercial Construction Management can be narrowed down into 7 distinct areas of responsibilities:

    • Project Management Planning
    • Cost Management
    • Time Management
    • Quality Management
    • Contract Administration
    • Safety Management
    • Professional Management- managing the project team, defining roles and responsibilities

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Our design-build projects in Kansas City have required the construction manager to be an integral part of the planning and design phase process of all commercial renovations. This insures a smooth transition to the construction phase because the CM already understands the budget, anticipated schedule, expected quality as well as the projected subcontractor team members. The traditional design-bid-build process inherently does not benefit from the CM being informed in the early stages of the design process. The CM in a design-build project DOES benefit and will perform more effectively in all 7 areas of the management of the project which naturally creates continuity and a better understanding of critical information.

Some CM’s may excel at cost management and lose site of the quality required by the client. Others may value scheduling the most, by focusing only on the one aspect in which they excel could lead to safety problems or lapses in other areas. Whether you are a building owner, tenant, subcontractor or design team member, you will benefit greatly from a CM that equally values all 7 areas of commercial construction management.

Article by Scott Hamele, DBIA is President of Construction DesignWorks, LLC. You can follow him on Twitter @constructionKC

Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design expertise to create and develop a winning design build team that is specialized for each customer. Their complete turnkey solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, LLC. is located at 21961 West 83rd Street in Shawnee, Kansas. If you are looking for a building contractor or for more information about interior design-build, call (913) 745-4727 or visit their website http://constructiondesignworks.net.