Why You Need A Project Manager

By Jim Rice, LEED AP BD+C, CxA –

Starting a construction project, whether it be a new build, renovation or expansion, can be very exciting. However, it’s probably not the only thing on your to-do list. You have a business to run, and while your staff is great, can they manage a design/construction project and perform their jobs simultaneously? Moreover, if you’re new to design and construction, it’s hard to know where to even start. Hiring a Project Manager will allow you to focus on your priorities while your project is completed successfully. You’ll reap the benefits of reduced risk, cost and schedule, as well as gaining an advocate whose only interest in the project is your interest. Here are three ways that a Project Manager is invaluable to your project:

Focus on Your Core Business

A Project Manager acts as the quarterback for your project. Architects, engineers and contractors all have their own interests at stake, which can influence project decisions. A qualified Project Manager will assume responsibility for the project, guiding operations and keeping you informed throughout. Additionally, they will help you determine project scope, provide preliminary budgets to help site selection, schedule the project from design to completion, and also help with building permitting, soliciting vendors, selecting contractors and holding meetings. By handing the reins over to a Project Manager, you are free to focus on your business.

Stay on Time and Budget

A Project Manager’s purpose is to ensure that your project delivers on time and budget without compromising quality. They work with you to set expectations early on, putting together preliminary budgets and schedules. They then help you enlist trusted and reputable design professionals, vendors, engineers and contractors for the best possible price by competitively bidding out your project. Hiring a Project Manager will set accurate schedule and budget expectations while also finding time and cost-saving solutions.

Mitigate Issues

A Project Manager can identify issues in a timely fashion and have responses at the ready. From value engineering to innovative solutions to stay on track, they offer ways to save money and get your project on track without compromising quality.

Projects typically involve numerous consultants – ranging from architects and engineers to general contractors and specialty vendors – operating under time constraints. This leaves room for miscommunication and oversight that could derail your project. A Project Manager will assure that all parties have an established reporting structure and are coordinated through regular meetings.

Hiring a Project Manager will make your design/construction project a success and allow you to enjoy the process as your vision becomes a reality.

Jim Rice is the founder and president of Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc. Rice is a LEED Accredited Professional, a CxA-Certified Commissioning Authority with the Associated Commissioning Group (ACG) and a Certified Building Commissioning Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Rice has extensive experience in managing a wide array of projects for a variety of clients.