I’m happy to say that we just got a new project to manage all the design, permitting, and construction processes to reposition a 20+ year old, 460,000 SF, 50 acre, regional shopping center in the US Midwest. It’s good to see projects picking up again, as 2009 had to be one of the toughest years we have seen ever in commercial real estate.
Part of this project will involve the demolition and replacement of some 170,000 SF of outmoded and poorly accessible space with a new big-box anchor store along with new shops and restaurants, newly arranged access and parking, and new site amenities. This is no small feat. One of the biggest challenges we see with projects like this is being lucky enough to have a client with BOTH a vision for the future and enough money to bet on it - in this seriously hobbled economic climate.
In addition to handling all the cost estimating and establishing and managing all project budgets, we are sourcing and managing all the main contracts for civil engineering, survey, environmental, traffic, geo-tech, building architecture and landscape architecture. We’re also handling the competitive bidding processes; construction contract negotiations; and all on-site management and coordination of the general contractors – including the submittal, RFI, Change Order, and close-out processes.
That’s why this blog references herding cats. It’s kind of like that at times. There are so many moving parts; it only takes one screw up, or even worse, an overlooked item, to get things off track. The construction process pitfalls Owner’s face are plentiful and scary: from bad designs – to poor submittal and RFI procedures, unauthorized/undeserved change orders, schedule and quality problems – scary indeed!
Anyone who has worked with us knows that we are not the ordinary OPM or Owner’s Project Manager – we are not a glorified “bank monitoring” firm – we don’t just monitor – we roll up our sleeves and MANAGE our projects for success.
Having good relationships helps, but that doesn’t preclude a contractor somewhere somehow who will try to make things go his way. Good thing that we’re known for our hands-on approach, no one gets a free pass when working with us.
Will keep you posted on our progress. And maybe you’ll be hearing from me.
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