What Does A Construction Manager Do Exactly?
Design And Construction Interior Design Services involve but aren’t limited to all USF Schools: USF Health, USF Parking and Transportation Services, USF Architecture, USFinance, USF Campus Recreation, University Infrastructure Projects, and the list goes on. Design services for all these schools share a common interest in meeting the design needs of their clientele, fulfilling building regulations, conforming to recognized school safety and building codes, being responsive to their students’ needs, and creating a space that is energy-efficient, pleasing to look at and enjoyable for everyone else. The ultimate success of a design and construction project rests on the ability of its project manager to coordinate with all parties involved in the process. In order to perform well, a successful facility manager must be skilled in multiple disciplines.
As an architectural firm, your job entails managing projects of all sizes, from individual student projects to large scale facility overhauls and building codes enforcement. You are ultimately responsible for making sure that the USF building you oversee meets the requirements of the various licensing authorities. In addition, your job involves coordinating with the major projects, and working as a key partner with all parties throughout the process.
Design and construction staff members typically work under contract by one of the following firms: Stantec, Atkins, Brownfield, Shea Consulting, Architecture Education, Core Design, and Brownie. ( cores, or core colleges, specialize in a specific field within the field of architecture.) Under the direction of an architectural firm, each of these firms is responsible for managing the design services they provide, which can include architectural drawings, floor plans, sketches of individual buildings or facilities, plans for space impact form studies, environmental assessments, and detailed project proposals. At the same time, this same firm is responsible for coordinating with each of the individual owners or developers who contract with them.
The first step in this coordination process is to establish project delivery
This begins with your understanding of the current architectural and technical specifications for the projects you oversee. Next, you’ll need to determine the schedule for major projects (e.g., buildings and facilities), and identify the time frame for all other minor projects. Once you have determined the time lines for all your projects, you can begin to organize the various aspects of your office interior design services.
Inspecting Major Projects The majority of companies have some level of formal structure when it comes to inspecting major projects. While you may occasionally come across “top-quality” or “above board” inspections from a few large, well known architectural firms, you may also work on smaller projects with less-than-ethical contractors. Regardless of whether or not you personally supervise your inspectors, you should have a working understanding of the regulatory framework that governs your industry. You will need to educate yourself about the current Code Compliance standards as well as the specifics of each state’s building code division.
Once you understand and are comfortable with the regulatory framework in which your company operates, you can start reviewing major architectural and building projects. Your primary focus during this stage should be on ensuring that the construction project is both safe and meets the requirements set forth in the applicable Code Compliance manuals. This includes verifying that the proposed facility is built according to the original architectural plans and that all required components are included. Once you’ve verified that the major project meets all of these requirements, you can move on to inspecting the project’s foundation, plumbing and electrical systems. Additionally, you should have an understanding of the construction techniques and methods used by your vendors and, once again, review the applicable Code Compliance manuals.
Construction Management After the inspection and documentation phase has concluded
You and your vendor team will move onto the next phase of your project development – scheduling and bidding. During the scheduling and bidding process, you will need to verify that your vendor’s qualifications are met, your drawings and plans are complete, and that you have received the appropriate permits. As part of your inspections, you will need to check that your vendor is complying with all of your state’s major construction codes as well as the applicable Code Compliance manuals.
While you may not have the chance to oversee every single aspect of your major construction projects, you still have a lot of say over the details and over how they are developed and implemented. Your role as a Construction Manager includes everything from overseeing major decisions to checking permit records and ensuring that your vendor is following all of the necessary codes. In essence, your role is to ensure that the major construction project that you and your team are working on is compliant with applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards. Ultimately, you will play a key role in your organization’s success by ensuring that each major construction project is completed according to plan. This will translate into projects that are completed on time and within budget.