Project management is an essential part of any commercial building project and goes a long way in keeping your project within the limits of both the time allotted and budgetary requirements. This requires a vast knowledge of construction and the design process involved, as well as a general understanding of modern business management. Due to the fact that construction projects are always changing, along with the requirements for completing commercial buildings, it pays to have a general contractor or commercial builder whose team has a diverse set of skills and abilities to properly manage a number of varying aspects.
Now some may be wondering exactly what project management is and what defines it. Simply put, project management is the ability to direct and coordinate human and material resources throughout the life of the project by using modern management techniques in order to achieve the predetermined objectives of scope, time, cost, quality and participation. When applied to construction, it can also include such aspects as attaining required building permits, project closeout, procurement, and scheduling.
The ultimate responsibility for the success of a construction is the project manager. The goal of the project manager is to complete the project on time and on budget (or under), while keeping a keen eye on all of the factors that make this possible. Not only will the project manager ensure that their team completes the project according to the plans and codes, but they are also in charge of selecting and overseeing subcontractors and workers, scheduling, developing a communication strategy, managing the project scope and budget, and more. There dozens of responsibilities that can fall to the project manager, but the majority will fall within seven categories that consist of the following areas:
- Project Management Planning
- Cost Management
- Time Management
- Quality Management
- Contract Administration
- Safety Management
- Professional Practice (things such as team management and role definition)
Having a company who is proficient in these areas and who have experience in project management can go a long way in making your project a more stress free and efficient experience.
If you’re considering commercial construction and need a company that can offer experience and expertise in project management, contact our offices in Joplin, MO for a consultation. We have completed projects for clients of all types and sizes and can customize a solution that is right for you and your needs.