If you were given hundreds of millions of dollars of someone else’s money and asked to make many highly technical and unfamiliar decisions on how to spend that money knowing you would be accountable for the successful investment in the end — would you even know where to begin?
You might even feel like a “man overboard” in the middle of a dark ocean.
For public entities and for many private companies embarking on the expenditure of a capital building program, the myriad decisions required to invest in the planning, design, construction, and occupancy of facilities are more than daunting. They can be paralytic — especially if you don’t have experts on your staff and/or you’re not involved in the building process except once every few years.
There are just too many decisions with not enough information or experience, and the far-reaching consequences and threats make every effort seem inconsequential and unproductive.
But who do you call for rescue?
Although architects, engineers and general contractors can advise an owner during various stages of the process, no one can advocate for the one who owns the checkbook during the entire building program like a program manager.
Program managers are called by a lot of different names — owner’s representatives, construction management agents and project managers — but make no mistake. The role of a program manager is as the owner’s advocate and includes comprehensive services from planning to move-in and everything in between.
So, before you embark on your journey, make sure you have more than a life preserver on board if you’re in over your head. You’re going to need a lifeboat…with a motor and a trained crew!
Here are a few services HPM provides clients as the program manager:
Program Launch and Verification Meetings
Perform Site Utilization and Funding Availability Analysis
Lead Consultant Team Selection
Facility Planning and Programming
Conceptual Estimating and Budgeting
Develop Preconstruction Schedule
Develop the Project Management Plan
Tracking and Reporting System
Conduct Pre-Design Project Analysis Workshop and Partnering Session
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Design Reviews and Monthly Preconstruction Reports
Cost and Schedule Control
Life Cycle Cost and Value Engineering
Design Document Constructability Reviews
Bid Packaging Strategy
Early Procurement Methods
Pre-Bid Construction Schedule
Contract Document Preparation
Develop and Implement Local and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
Bidder’s Interest Campaign
Assist With the Bidding Process
Bid Analysis and Opening
Full-Time On-Site Management
Establish On-Site Communication Procedures
Handle All Issues
Construction Phase Communication
- Certificate of substantial completion
- Completion of punch list work
- Final lien waivers
- Final payment application
- Operations and Maintenance Manual
- Final Commissioning Report
- As Built Drawings
- Owner Training
Assist In Final Inspection
Occupancy Plan and Schedule
Coordinate O & M Materials
Coordinate As-Built Drawings
Final Closeout Reports
Assist With Warranty Issues