In construction management the contractor acts as a consultant and a general contractor. Planning and managing the project, inviting tenders, and negotiating then administering and supervising the trade contracts all on behalf of the owner. By interfacing directly with design consultants, suppliers and sub-contractors, the line of communication is kept open and clear ensuring that the owner is receiving excellent craftsmanship at a fair price. Everything is passed by the owner providing them with an in depth view of their project from start to finish and ultimately the final say.
Construction costs are identified and predicted reliably during the design phase. Team interacts relating to construction cost, completion schedule, and quality work to maximize owner’s value. Construction managers contribute to a synergistic team approach in the owner's interest.
Value engineering by the construction manager can be done at this time when it can be implemented into the design. Major design decisions can be made on the basis of complete information.
Construction managers early involvement facilitates financial planning and avoids potential delays for redesign caused by budget problems recognized too late. All records, books, estimates are "open book".
Prudent buying and value engineering with trade contractors results in cost savings reverting to owner, not general contractor. Competitive bidding is retained on all work. Flexibility to pre-qualify trade contractors for better control of schedules and costs.