Anyone who has ever considered or began a residential or commercial construction projects in Ontario knows that it is not as easy as it seems. For commercial projects in Canada, there are so many regulations to follow and abide by. Making sure that the countless options of regulations are all followed can be extremely time-consuming as well as nerve wrecking. This is why enlisting the help of a construction manager for both commercial and residential projects is one of the best decisions individuals and companies can make in Ontario.
With all of the laws regarding construction, it is often difficult to keep up. Understanding these laws are not easy much less the time involved in making sure they are all being followed different types of construction professionals you have to work with to successfully complete project, from plumbers, roofers, locksmith, structure engineers, builders, wilders etc…For this reason alone, many commercial construction companies appoint a construction management company or manager to oversee their project and making sure that all the rules and regulations a followed.
Often times, there is a large separation of knowledge and experience between the builder and the project contractors. Hiring a well-established construction manager can help to bridge that gap to minimize chaos and meet tight deadlines. When a project owner begins construction for major building, office space, hospital, retail space etc, this may be the first time they’ve built something like this. While for the contractor this may be the third one they have built this year. Because of this, there is a difference of knowledge and background. Hiring a construction manager who can see both sides and bring the parties together on mutual ground is crucial.
Also, employing a manager to manage commercial construction project can also help with making sure that it stays on budget and on time. In major commercial project, helping with financial decisions as well as communication is essential for success. Knowing exactly what is expected from the start from the contractor will keep everything on target. Keeping those lines of communications open is very important.
Another beneficial aspect of hiring or having a construction manager is they are familiar with all the documents that are used during the process. Most designers use a standardized form when writing up their contracts. While this standardized form benefits the designers, it most likely does not have the best interests of the builder included. Having a construction manager that realizes this can help in the review of the documents to be sure that the builders interests are protected at all times.
Another huge benefit of obtaining the help of a construction manager or company is sticking to the schedule. The basic contracts that contractors use typically do not mention time tables. When the construction manager looks over the contract, they can make certain that the schedules are noted. When they are actually in the contract, it makes it easier to make sure they are carried through with.
Cost seems often to be the deciding factor when considering who to hire. However in order to keep the project going smoothly, probably the most important thing is being certain that everyone has the necessary knowledge. A construction project can be a smooth and rewarding experience if the right construction manager is hired.
Toronto’s Michael Beattie is a highly innovative and experienced construction professional with expert-rank as a Structural Designer and Project Manager. Michael is dedicated to producing results, completing construction projects with leadership and integrity. Some of his most recent commercial projects include:
- Construction Manager- Southcore Financial Centre Toronto Development
- Construction Manager- Delta Toronto, a next generation, 45-story premium 4-star hotel.
- Construction Manager- Art Gallery of Ontario—Transformation AGO project
- Construction Manager- Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital