Construction project management could be defined as the direction, regulation and supervision of a project from early development to completion. The ultimate goal of construction project management is the full satisfaction of client’s demands for a viable project both in terms of functionality and budget. There is a wide range of construction project types, such as commercial, residential, industrial and heavy civil.
The main concept of construction project management is closely connected to technical parameters like budget and execution but it also requires solid communication between all the agents (stakeholders, contractors, community).
The Role of a Construction Project Manager
A construction project manager is responsible for planning, coordinating, budgeting and supervising projects from the beginning to the end. In short, a construction project manager has to take care of the following:
- Put together the budget and negotiate cost estimates
- Arrange the work timetables
- Choose the most efficient construction method and strategies
- Stay in touch with the clients for work or budget related issues
- Discuss about technical and contract details with workers and other professional parties
- Keep an eye on the personnel in construction onsite
- Cooperate with building and construction specialists
Contractor: Role and Duties
The construction project manager chooses the contractor of the project as soon as the design is completed. In some cases, this can happen even when the project is still in development. The selection is based on an auction process with various contractors. There are three prevailing methods based on which a contractor is picked: low-bid selection, best-value selection and qualification-based selection.