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Project Construction Management: 3 Problems Your PCM Can Overcome

Here on our blog, we often talk about the benefits of project construction management and how a great construction management team can help to create an incredible build. Today we want to talk a little bit more about project construction management, but today we’re talking about problems and obstacles that a good project construction management team can help you to overcome.

Project Construction Management: 3 Problems Your PCM Can Overcome

1. Planning a Build on a Restricted Budget

Budget is always important to the owner of any build, so one of the most important things that a construction manager does is keep a project on budget. When a project has to be completed on a very tight budget, things can get particularly difficult, but an experienced PCM can make this happen.

When a project is planned out, every aspect of that project is budgeted, but once in a while things may go askew and it’s up to the project manager to set them back on track. For example, a supplier may be unable to obtain a particular type of wood due to a shortage of that wood at that time. In this instance, the PCM consults with the wishes of the project owner and comes up with an alternate solution that stays within budget but still meets the concept and aesthetics of the build concept.

2. Scheduling Problems

Scheduling is another responsibility of the project construction manager and it can be one of the most difficult tasks to complete. A reputable and experienced project construction manager can schedule every aspect of the build to make sure that each step of the project moves smoothly. This means scheduling supplies for delivery on time for individual parts of a project to be completed when they need to be completed without filling the building area or storage warehouse with supplies that are not needed immediately. One small hiccup in this process throws everything off schedule and it’s up to the PCM to find a way to get things back on schedule so that the project completion date can still be met.

For example, a supplier may be unable to deliver a particular supply due to transportation complications that result from COVID-19. In this instance, the PCM must find a budget-friendly way to get around the problem. This may involve rescheduling parts of the build to allow extra time for delivery of the late product and to use the time slot allotted for the late build section to complete an alternate section. It sounds complicated and in practice it is, but to make it a little easier to understand – think of it as switching time slots on a daily schedule because someone is running late.

3. Health and Safety Risk Management

Another hefty responsibility that falls on the shoulders of the PCM is to manage the risk of the project and the building site. Risk management involves anything and everything that is involved with keeping the project, the project site, and the workers completing the project safe. There are many problems that can arise in this area that can be avoided with a good construction manager on site. These obstacles to the build may include:

  • Unrealistic scheduling commitments
  • Failure to meet regulatory requirements
  • Poor planning design issues
  • Failure to obtain unforeseen but necessary licenses
  • Poor safety protocols by construction members, contractors, and other team members on the building site.

A great manager will be able to build risk management techniques into the entire building plan so that the entire project is cohesive and there is less of a chance of things getting skewed off-track.

Are You Looking For a Reputable and Experienced Project Construction Management Team?

If you live in or around Chicago and you are looking for a reputable and experienced team who can help you with your build, the Madison Construction team can help! With over 200 years of collective experience in managing projects like yours, you can’t go wrong! Just give us a call today at (708)535-7716 to see how our skilled team can help you to avoid disaster.

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