Some information on the role of a construction manager
Construction managers are also referred to as construction site managers or construction project managers. The major responsibility of a construction manager is to plan a construction project, properly budget it, coordinate with the clients and to supervise the entire project during the construction phase. A construction manager is involved in the entire project from the beginning of the project until the very end, i.e., the completion of the project.
The role of a construction manager is to facilitate the client and negotiate the cost estimates, along with complete budgeting of the project. The construction manager is also responsible for providing information on the important milestones of the project, along with the project timeline. He or she also select appropriate and good construction practices and strategies. The construction manager is also responsible to understand technical information and contract details regarding the project and explain it to workers and other professionals involved in the project.
The construction manager also supervises the project, is also in constant contact with the architects, engineers and all other professionals involved in the construction project. He also instructs and supervises construction personnel and labour to complete the project in a timely manner, without hassles or problems. The construction managers are not only concerned with residential projects but are also able to handle commercial and industrial projects, depending upon his or her experience and expertise in this area.
Most of the times, construction managers work from an office but typically the office is located on the project site where he or she can observe the complete project and provide feedback and oversee the project activities so that it can be finished in a timely manner.
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Construction managers work closely with other building specialists, such as architects, engineers, and a variety of trade workers, such as stonemasons, electricians, and carpenters. Projects may require specialists in everything from structural metalworking and painting, to landscaping, building roads, installing carpets, and excavating sites. Depending on the project, construction managers may interact with lawyers and local government officials. For example, when working on city-owned property or municipal buildings, managers sometimes confer with city council members to ensure that all regulations are met. For projects too large to be managed by one person, such as office buildings and industrial complexes, a construction manager would only be in charge of one part of the project. Each construction manager would oversee a specific construction phase and choose subcontractors to complete it.
To maximize efficiency and productivity, construction managers often use specialized cost-estimating and planning software to effectively budget the time and money required to complete specific projects. Many managers also use software to determine the best way to get materials to the building site. Most managers plan a project strategy and must identify and solve unexpected issues and delays. They choose personnel and subcontractors for specific tasks. Often, these decisions must be made quickly to meet deadlines. Self-employed construction managers generate their own business opportunities and must be proactive to find new clients. They often market their services, bid on jobs, and learn how to work on a wide variety of projects.
What is the workplace of a Construction Manager like?
Many construction managers work from a main office, but most work out of a field office at the construction site where they monitor the project and make daily decisions about construction activities. For those who manage multiple projects, frequent travel may be common.
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