Are you thinking about building an office building, expanding your current facilities, or developing a greenfield or brownfield site?
If you are, you’ve likely thought about hiring an architect or engineer to help conceptualize and design the facility for you. But who will plan the construction and logistics, handle the permitting, prepare budget estimates, develop a schedule, handle contract negotiations, coordinate the construction, and coordinate other tasks such as move-in and the direct purchase of items you might not want a contractor to purchase for you?
Some organizations have people on staff to take care of these things. But for many, it’s not feasible to keep experienced people on staff when the projects are infrequent or separated by a number of years. So what do you do?
You hire a Construction Manager (CM)! A CM is a professional services firm with experienced people to give you all of the help you need, as needed. Whether you are a hotel, store chain, or a public school district, hiring a CM early will help you figure out how much a project will cost and how long it will take to complete.
Are you looking to build a manufacturing facility to get a product to market or a store to be open for the next Christmas shopping season? A CM will help you determine how to meet your target dates or help you understand why it may not be possible. That last statement is very important. A good CM needs to be able to advise a client responsibly, which means letting them know when they don’t have enough money or time to do what they want to do.
So, the next time you think about building, consider hiring a CM. Even if it’s just for some early consultation and advice, a CM will be able to help you accomplish your goals in a more cost, effort and time efficient manner.
Article by Doug Zaenger, P.E., LEED® AP, Senior Project Manager