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Construction Management is a type of project delivery method where a client will hire a General Contractor to serve as Construction Manager. The Construction Manager will have specific duties during each phase of the project but will always act as an owner’s advocate. If chosen as your Construction Manager, Ramsons will have specific duties during each phase of the project, but will always act as an owner’s advocate. During preconstruction, we will work as a team with the architect, providing preconstruction services throughout the design phase. This will ensure your project is designed in the most cost efficient manner possible. We will also manage the bid phase and be responsible for constructing the project. As your Construction Manager, it is our job to ensure your project is delivered according to both time and budget, with only the highest degrees of craftsmanship.
Types of Construction Management
There are three basic types of Construction Management contracts in Arkansas. The primary differences between the three are related to guaranteeing the project cost vs. not guaranteeing the project cost. And if the owner holds all the trade contracts or if the Construction Manager holds all the contracts.
- Agency Construction Management: The construction manager provides preconstruction and management services during the design and construction phase but does not guarantee the project cost or budget and does not self perform any of the work.
- Construction Management At-risk: The construction manager provides preconstruction services and serves as the general contractor during construction. Much of the project is divided into bid packages which bid directly to, and contract directly with, the owner. The construction manager guarantees the project cost.
- General Contractor Construction Management: Similar to “at-risk” only the subcontractors bid to and contract with the construction manager.
In the state of Arkansas Construction Management is mostly used by public institutions, hospitals and companies operating in the industrial sector.
Each state will have their own laws, but in Arkansas, any public entity can use agency construction management. Universities can use At-Risk or AS-GC so long as the project is over $5 million in construction costs. Cities can use Construction Management if the project is over $2 million in construction costs. K-12 can use any type of Construction Management with no restrictions on project costs. Counties can only use Agency Construction Management as the state constitution only allows for projects to be awarded via low bid.
Private entities have a lot more flexibility than public ones and many simply select a Construction Manager they already have a relationship with. However, if the client requires competitive evaluations, public and private Construction Managers are selected in very similar ways. The client will develop and advertise a Request for Qualifications or a Request for Proposals. This request will typically ask for information related to the history and competency of the firms responding. Public institutions in Arkansas are not allowed to select a Construction Manager on price, but private industries are and will often ask about fees, proposed cost savings splits and expenses related to reimbursable costs. The client will then review the Qualification Statements and create a shortlist that is then interviewed. After the interviews are conducted the client will weigh the information presented and choose the firm they most feel comfortable with.
Experience with Construction Management.
There are many contractors who see Construction Management as just a way to negotiate public work. To truly reap the benefits of this method of project delivery it’s very important that you hire someone who understands and has a history of delivering on all the expectations of this method of project delivery.
It’s important to assess the competency of the Construction Manager’s forces. It is equally important to assess the current obligations of the Construction Manager.
Experience in similar construction.
It isn’t necessarily important if the Construction Manager has built exactly your type of project, but it’s important that they are at least familiar with the type of construction. For example, if you are building a multi-story bank, the Construction Manager you are interviewing might never have built a bank before. But if they’ve built a lot of multi-story offices that require high-quality finishes and coordination with owner supplied equipment, they are likely competent to serve as your Construction Manager. But if they are competing against a client who has built a lot of banks but only single-story buildings, you want to carefully consider that contractor’s ability to properly serve as Construction Manager for your project.
At the end of the day, it’s important that you trust your Construction Manager. They will be a critical member of your team and the success of your project depends on their ability to perform.
Yes. During the preconstruction phase we’ll divide each component of the project into specific bid packages (i.e. sitework, concrete, drwyall, roofing, etc.). Subcontractors will then be invited to submit a bid on a specific package. We always seek to get a minimum of three bids on each bid package.