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Construction Management

Construction management brings the owner, architect, engineer, and the general contractor together as a team. This method assures continuity throughout the project and provides a single point of contact for the owner who remains in control of the project. Frequently, Emory Hill also serves as the general contractor on the projects for which we provide construction management services.

The construction management process, regardless of project size or delivery method, consists of a number of important management and control components to assure consistent performance and total customer satisfaction.

Estimating addresses all phases of a project and requires the collaborative input of all team members. Estimating includes the following:

  • Development of cost model and estimate
  • Development of Scopes of Work
  • Evaluation of different methods and materials
  • Schematic design estimate
  • Design development estimate
  • Project budget
  • Estimate of construction documents

Value Engineering is an in-depth analysis of a project design to evaluate functional requirements for its performance, adequacy, efficiency, longevity, and cost to determine the best value to the owner. Value engineering will:

  • Identify needs and define functions of the project
  • Create solutions to meet basic needs
  • Develop costs for alternative solutions
  • Rank solutions and present them for selection

The principles and components of successful project management apply to all phases of construction. Project management includes:

  • Optimizing purchasing and phasing of material delivery
  • Safety management
  • Control of schedule and cost
  • Control and management of change orders
  • Monitoring of quality
  • Closeout and document turnover
  • Transition to occupancy
  • Post occupancy evaluation
  • Warranty management

Quality is the most important feature affecting the long-term value of the investment. Quality is controlled and monitored on a daily basis and reaches every aspect of a project. Quality management includes:

  • Submittal review
  • Pre- and Post-installation meeting
  • Testing and inspections
  • Start-up and commissioning
  • Final inspections and punchlist

Cost management is most effective if construction management is in place at the planning stage of a job and continues throughout the project. The motto to “measure twice and cut once” is effectively applied throughout.  Cost management includes:

  • Effective negotiations for contracts and purchase orders
  • Flexibility to allow cost-saving changes
  • Monitoring of expenses and change orders
  • Continual updates for project cost projections
  • Final closeout of project accounting

“Time is of the essence.”  In fact, it says so in all of our contracts.  The most important part of time management is a Critical Path Schedule (Gant Chart) with a base line to show actual and proposed completion dates and critical submissions. Prerequisites of good time management are:

  • An experienced and trusted pool of contractors
  • Professional and knowledgeable employees
  • Local contacts and knowledge of government requirements
  • Identify and expedite long-lead items
  • Crew sizing and leveling of labor resources
  • Monitor and update schedule changes
  • Coordinate project milestones

The safety of all individuals working on and visiting a construction site requires the full committment of workers and visitors alike.  Project safety ultimately affects the profit margin of the construction management company, but that of the owner as well. Proper safety features include:

  • Training and certifications
  • Documented procedures for employees and subcontractors
  • Regular enforcement of rules and regulations
  • Monitoring of required insurance

To efficiently execute a project, administration is necessary to implement procedures, systems and policies, including, but not limited to:

  • Correspondence, minutes, RFI’s and transmittals
  • Accounting and billing
  • Project reporting

Our staff is experienced and well-trained. We are able to provide the highest level of administration, communication and reporting by use of the following:

  • Multiple servers and CPUs with Internet access and e-mail
  • Precision estimating
  • Timberline construction management software
  • Scheduling systems
  • Cost management
  • Word processing and publishing software
  • Safety management software
  • Wireless communication equipment
  • Radio-equipped job site trailers with computers, telephone and fax.