When you’re embarking on a large project, you want a design consultant on your side to make sure the job is completed as planned. Thompson Engineering can assist in the construction of your project through different levels of involvement.
Almost all architecture/engineering design contracts provide basic Construction Administration services for this purpose. Periodic construction administration makes sure that timely responses to Requests for Information (RFIs) are provided to the contractor, periodic inspections are performed and documented, pay estimates are correct, schedules are tracked, and all contract closeout documents like warranties and O&M manuals are submitted at the completion of a project.
Sometimes, a more comprehensive role is warranted. Thompson can partner with you to serve in a more involved capacity as a Resident Project Representative (RPR). This form of construction administration generally includes full-time on-site inspection services and quality assurance reporting during the construction phase. (This service is often referred to as construction engineering and inspection in the transportation market. Click here to see how we partner with transportation clients.)
If you don’t have in-house project management capability, but still want to take advantage of early contractor-designer collaboration, you may elect to use an independent Construction Manager (CM). There are two forms of Construction Management. An Agency Construction Manager, sometimes referred to as CM for fee (not at risk), acts on the Owner’s behalf for a set fee to integrate the design and construction activities throughout project completion. A Construction Manager at Risk (CMaR) takes on full responsibility for both price and schedule performance. Thompson Engineering has successful experience with both construction management forms and can provide either depending on the market, project type, and client history.
Thompson Engineering also provides Program Management services. Owners with multiple building projects under a single program, such as a school system bond program or a complex project with multiple designers and builders, often employ a Program Manager. Thompson’s Program Management team will assist with development of the program requirements, preconstruction phase services including estimating, scheduling/project phasing, and systems and services buy-out and selection through competitive bidding and negotiations of multiple design consultants and contractors. When the projects move to the field, our Program Management team provides comprehensive construction phase services to include construction management services and reporting of multiple individual project and overall program budget and schedule performance.
Approaching your project from other ways can accelerate your project timeline, appropriately transfer project risks, and create a single contract for budget and performance responsibility. Click here to learn about our integrated delivery methods.
Contractor personnel were very experienced and hit the ground running. Support provided was critical to success of construction management on high visibility projects.
-Vicky L. Stanley, Asst Area Engineer, North AL Area Office, USACE Mobile District
-Vicky L. Stanley, Asst Area
Engineer, North AL Area Office,
USACE Mobile District