How to Effectively Run Construction Management for a Project
With more than 130 years of combined experience, the designers, engineers, and project management consultants at EDC Management Corp. offer customized solutions for our clients in construction project management. Based in Wisconsin since 2013, we’ve managed and offered support on a wide range of building projects to ensure all quality and safety standards are met while handling logistics and keeping the project on schedule and within budget.
Keys to Success for Running an Effective Construction Management plan for a Project
A construction project has a lot of moving parts that must be coordinated to ensure the building is completed correctly and on time. The construction management process includes three key elements:
- Automating Project Management Tasks: Automation is key to productivity. It eliminates the need for a skilled manager or employee to spend time on tedious, time-consuming tasks. Using advanced software and technology, it’s easier than ever to automatically send reports to employees and stakeholders, for example, enabling project managers to streamline the day and make better use of everyone’s time.
- Nailing Project Delivery Timelines: This starts by outlining clear roles and responsibilities to ensure employees know their scope. Mapping timelines and listing roles with Gantt charts help managers stay organized, enhance productivity, and improve their management skills. It’s key to staying on task and adhering to deadlines.
- Create a Flow of Communication: There are so many people involved in a construction project, from stakeholders and managers to workers and suppliers, and everyone needs to be on the same page. Establishing a clear, open line of communication makes the entire process go more smoothly, reduces errors, and reduces frantic phone calls and emails as someone tries to find the right person to help them solve a problem.
Step-by-Step Construction Project Management Plans
Even though every project is different, the same process for managing it applies to all of them. This is how to manage a construction project step-by-step:
Create a Plan
It all starts here. After meeting with the client to understand their goals and expectations, the construction project manager has to determine how to take the project from concept to completion. Consider the time frame you’ll need to allow for each step of the building process, how to allocate the budget, worker safety protocols and procedures, a quality control process, and administrative tasks like contracts and insurance.
Clearly outline each role in the project, and ensure the person hired to complete the role understands his or her scope. This prevents employees from stepping on each other’s toes as the building progresses. Identify specific points in the project that may require approval before moving to the next step, and determine who is responsible for giving that approval.
Host a Kickoff Meeting
This is your chance to bring all the major players together before work begins. Discuss the plan and expectations, assign additional tasks, and open up the floor to questions and discussion to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Build in Flexibility
Expect the unexpected. Weather delays, supply delays, miscommunications, new demands from a client, sick employees, and more can quickly derail your construction plan. Have a process in place for dealing with these disruptions to ensure you can get back on track.
Conduct a Final Review
Revisit all the work you’ve done so far. Double-check that your framework for this project is solid, and make adjustments as necessary.
Offer leadership, support, and guidance as the team executes the plan you carefully designed. Be ready to delegate tasks as the need arises and track metrics to ensure the team will meet the predetermined performance goals.
When the building is finished, you’ll need to meet with the team, stakeholders, and clients to discuss the project, including both successes and setbacks. Take what you learn and apply it to the next project.
Construction/Project Management Services at EDC Management Corp.
EDC Management Corp. has taken this approach to construction project management for years, and we’ve perfected our systems to ensure your project is managed seamlessly from start to finish. We handle end-to-end communication and take hands-on action to ensure our clients are completely satisfied. Contact us to learn more about construction project management and our other services, or request a quote for your project.