Construction Management, or CM, is a service that uses specialized, project management techniques to manage the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end. The purpose of CM is to control a project's time, cost and quality. CM is compatible with all project delivery systems, including design-bid-build, design-build, CM At-Risk and Public Private Partnerships. No matter the setting, a CM's responsibility is to the owner, and to a successful project.
What Do Construction Managers Do?Every construction project features some amount of CM. However, professional construction managers (CMs) are typically reserved for capital projects which are generally lengthy, large-scale, high budget undertakings like commercial real estate, transportation infrastructure, hospitals, industrial facilities, etc. The project's commissioning entity is the owner. Few owners maintain the staff resources necessary to pay close, continuing attention to each of the projects details – yet these details can make or break a project. As such, these projects require a dedicated management professional. Construction Managers adhere to CMAA's Construction Management Standards of Practice which establishes industry standards of service and serves as a guide to the range of services that constitute professional construction management. To view CMAA's policy as it relates to safety and the CM, click here. At its core, a capital project is made up of three parties (excluding the CM):
- The Owner, who commissions and subsequently funds the project.
- The General Contractor, who oversees day-to-day operations and manages specialized subcontractors.
- The Architect, who designs the project.