Construction Management

Construction Management is a delivery method when a construction manager is selected by the owner to deliver a project, usually for a guaranteed maximum price. The construction manager acts as a consultant to the owner in the development and design phases, but as the equivalent of a general contractor during the construction phase.

During the design phase, the CM is involved with estimating the cost of constructing a project based on the goals of the Designer and Owner and the overall scope of the project. In balancing the costs, schedule, quality, and scope of the project, decisions can be made to modify the design concept instead of having to spend a considerable amount of time, effort, and money re-designing and/or modifying completed construction documents.

Construction Management is a process that allows the client of a project to choose the CM before the design stage is complete. The architect and CM work together in order to cultivate and assay the design. Then, the CM gives the client a guaranteed maximum price and coordinates all subcontract work. The A/E is hired separately from the CM, and the traditional client – A/E relationship is maintained. There are many advantages to construction management over the traditional Design-Bid-Build delivery method. These advantages are:

  • Increases the speed of the project and can also strengthen coordination between the architect/engineer and the construction manager.
  • The client hires the construction manager based on qualifications, thus better ensuring a construction manager with a strong allegiance to the client, because their business relies on references and repeat work.
  • Construction managers, architects/engineers, and the client all collaborate. This creates enhanced synergies throughout the process.
  • Transparency is enhanced, because all costs and fees are in the open, which diminishes adversarial relationships between components working on the project, while at the same time eliminating bid shopping.

Design-Build is a project delivery system that is a comprehensive process including planning, design, and construction required to deliver a complete building facility.

There are many delivery systems within the construction industry, and the Design-Build system has greatly accelerated over the past few decades and is one of the most significant trends in design and construction today. Choosing the right delivery system is a critical step when embarking on a new project. Owners can influence desired results from everyone involved by the way they proactively plan from the beginning of the project.

Design-Build is where one entity, the design-builder, enters into a single contract with the owner to provide both design and construction services. The single contract for both design and construction is the Design-Build distinction.

Streamlining project delivery through a single contract between the owner and the design-build team transforms the relationship between designers and builders into an alliance that fosters collaboration and teamwork. United from the onset of the project, an integrated team readily works to successfully complete a project faster, more cost-effectively, and with optimized project quality.

Kornhaas Construction, Inc. has successfully completed numerous projects over the years using the Design-Build system of project delivery. Please contact us and let us show you in detail how the Design-Build system can benefit you and your new project.

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Pre-construction services grew out of construction cost estimating to encompass the other activities in planning a project. The intent is to work with the project’s owner to help deliver a satisfactory project that meets the owner’s objectives. In addition to estimating, the pre-construction team participates in design decisions, evaluations, studies, value engineering, value analysis, scheduling, constructability reviews, and more. Design costs, permitting, land acquisition, and life-cycle costs may also be evaluated.

When providing pre-construction services, the general contractor may also be negotiating for project construction services. This may be accomplished by agreeing on a guaranteed maximum price for the project. The contractor then delivers the project. Typically, the owner and the firm share any cost savings realized during construction.

This delivery method has been a mainstay for Kornhaas Construction, Inc. over the years, resulting in many repeat clients. Please contact us to discuss this method in greater detail.