Construction Site Management – Introduction

The construction site is usually a hive of activity, and this increases with increase in the magnitude of construction being undertaken. Different sites call for different management styles as informed by issues like;

· Size of site: An expanse site will need more elaborate management procedures. Sites like for road construction are concerned with remote works, mostly in multiples. This will definitely require more management work than a single building site.

· Activities on site: The more the activities on a particular site, the more the management task at hand.

· Location of site: Generally, sites in busy areas like town centers offer more complicated management requirements than lone sites.

Site management is usually a collective responsibility between the client’s representative and the various contractors. The ultimate responsibility is however left to the main contractor. There is usually an allowance in the pricing of the project, usually in the preliminaries section of the bills of quantities. The clerk of works (COW) is usually the contractor’s man in charge of site activities in the case of building projects. This is made possible by the assistance of other. These include:

· Store keeper: The store is usually a very sensitive subject in any construction site. The security of the items in the store is of utmost importance. Records for deliveries as well as dispatches need to be keenly watched. How the items are stored is also a very important item to take care of.

· Gate man: This is concerned with the overall security at the gate, for things that come in or go out of the site. They also take account of all persons coming in and out of the site.

· Statutory workers: These are statute regulators and they help to enforce requirements on site, for example sanitation.

The following are the main points of consideration that a site manager is charged with.

· Site administration

· Material storage

· Plant, tools and equipment storage

· Accessibility

· Security of works, materials, plant and equipment

· Waste management

· Pollution control

· Safety on site

· Water

· Power

· Workers Welfare

These are all requirements for a site to run smoothly as well as to ensure a wholesome completion of the works. Site planning is usually the first and most crucial step as far as site management is concerned. Understanding where to place what facility on site is the first step towards proper site management. It is of course important to relate these facilities with the main construction work.

Construction Management – What Is It and Why Use It?

Construction management, (CM), can take many forms and is used for small projects as well as very large projects. Construction Managers can take the place of a general contractor, a sub-contractor, or work with these people to build something large or small. Some construction management firms will also provide architectural or engineering services in addition to the management of the construction. Typically construction managers are paid by, and represent, the owner of the property where the construction is about to take place. This is what they do. The construction of a project will usually follow along these lines:

  1. Some money to get the ball rolling
  2. Have a place to build
  3. Rough budget estimates
  4. Preliminary engineering if needed
  5. Architectural or rough drawings
  6. Final engineering
  7. Obtain estimate of costs
  8. Seek financing if needed
  9. Get permits
  10. Engage general contractor and/or subcontractors
  11. Establish building schedule or completion times
  12. Refine cost estimates
  13. Start construction
  14. Monitor progress and quality of work and materials
  15. Make progress payments to all subs
  16. Finish project and obtain a certificate of occupancy (C.O.)

The Construction Manager can help you in most of these areas with the possible exception of, “some money to get the ball rolling.” And I would not rule that out completely. The CM will have a contractual relationship with the owner to oversee and, in some cases perform, most of the above tasks. The amount of money charged to the owner will depend upon what parts of the above mentioned work the CM must complete. Typically the CM will charge between 4% and 6% of the total construction costs should they be required to manage, and have input into, all of the construction related tasks. Basically the CM will keep the owner informed of needed construction sequences and co-ordinate the various contractors including the architects and engineers into a smoothly functioning group who will operate in a cohesive manner. The CM will closely observe the progress of the construction, the quality of material and the workmen-ship correcting any deficiencies as they occur. That is what the general duties of the CM will be. Now, why would you want to use a CM rather than letting the general contractor perform most of these duties. Easy answer,” COST.” Money, Dinero. The general contractor will usually charge 20% to 30% of the construction costs as a markup to the owner for profit and overhead. So do the math on a $100,000.00 construction project. 5% fee for construction Manager $5,000.00 20% fee for General Contractor $20,000.00 I call that a significant savings that could be used to upgrade your project or kept in your bank account. This is why people use Construction Managers.

Project Management Vs Construction Management

Without interfering on any particular professional’s responsibilities, a true third party project manager (PM) leads and helps to integrate all vendors, elements and phases of a project from start to finish. Designers, contractors and real estate brokers are very capable within their specialties, but can fall short if entrusted with an independent project management firm’s responsibilities-and so can a construction manager (CM).

A PM will act as your advocate and representative throughout the project so that all of your goals from beginning to end are met. During the project’s life cycle [or] duration, a PM will become the owner’s trusted advisor, go-to person and single point of contact for project performance and procedure. A PM oversees procurement of specialty consultants such as Audio Visual, Food Service, Security, and IT, with direction from the client. The project manager will then act as liaison between the client and all vendors, designers, engineers and contractors to ensure smooth, constant communication across the various parties, so everyone stays on the same page for the full duration.

In simple terms, the PM will make sure all activities are aligned with the client’s overall goals and objectives for the project. This means that the project manager will plan, manage, oversee and fine-tune all of the details of the project, not just its construction phase-and will even help to select and ultimately manage the CM.

A project manager will assist in the hiring of a general contractor and/or construction manager and will oversee their quality of work through site visits, punch-list walkthroughs, and reports at weekly project meetings. A project manager will also track and review the construction managers change orders, make sure all vendors are coordinated to and with the CM’s schedule and challenge the CM on lead times for products and delays. *It is important to note that there is a difference between a general contractor and a construction manager.

A typical construction manager has a scope of work that is limited to the pre-construction/construction phase. A construction manager will supervise all construction aspects of a project and will typically participate in pre-construction meetings, provide onsite supervision during construction, and manage sub-contractors. They may also directly hold subcontractor contracts, and is therefore liable for all of the subcontractors’ work.

So, before you decide whether to hire a PM or a CM for your next real estate project, know the difference. And if you can’t decide, do your project a favor: hire a project manager who will manage your full project scope not just construction.

Hotel Remodeling – Renovation And Interior Design Setting New Trend In Hotel Construction Management

The past three years have been the best for the hotel industry in more than two decades and is expected a boom in coming years. Revenue per available room has jumped to 10% approximately as compared to last year, the biggest increase since 1984.

Hotelier who wanted to capture the market share, increase the revenue per available room of their hotel and enhance their guest’s experiences it is suggested to get some remodeling, interior design or hotel renovation work done to make their success their priority.

Just keep in mind hotel remodeling also accounts complete hotel renovation services, such as restaurants, spas, golf courses, marinas, casinos etc.

The hospitality industry relies heavily on the ability to achieve superior ratings from guests. Defining the guest experience depends on many subtle factors such as the bed quality, fabrics, linens, mirrors, the completed hotel interior is essential for success. And it is very necessary to tailor and cater carefully as per the tastes and demands of individual guest.

To feed this emerging demand to hotel industry, professional companies are stepping forward to provide complete Hotel Construction Management services inclusive of Hotel Remodeling, Interior design and Renovation services.

These Hotel Construction Management companies do not offer hotel operation services; they are only concern with the hotel operation and work deliberately with the property management team to insure on time completions with little or no guest inconveniences. These companies are having trained staff that manages and accomplished their job smartly and insures hardly or no trouble to hotel customers.

If you are hotelier is interested to reinvent his / her brand start, it is suggested to refer such a Remodeling and Renovation cum Construction Management service provider. As they can provide you a quality work which can definitely prove a cost effective strategy for your hotel brand.