And how they work together to bring a project to life
If you’ve ever been in a big city, surely at some point you’ve craned your neck to look up at one of those tall skyscrapers. While you might have marveled at its height or design qualities, you may also have taken a moment to wonder how in the world something like that could even be built. A huge office building or apartment complex is obviously a major undertaking. But even something on a much smaller scale starts the same way: as somebody’s idea.
Every structure that’s ever been built began as a vision. And it’s at that point when the real work begins and folks have to roll up their sleeves and get busy. Who exactly are these folks?
In a design-build outfit, everyone who is responsible for taking that first vision and turning it into a reality is all under one roof. Some of the key roles in a full-service firm:
The Project Manager
It’s up to the project manager to facilitate the entire project and make sure everything is organized and planned properly. He or she will monitor the progress being made and help keep everything on track, as well as foresee any potential issues and address them before they become problems. It’s also the project manager’s job to ensure that work is completed on time and within the agreed upon budget.
The toughest job of the bunch may belong to the architect. If a client wants to build something pretty standard, it may seem like a straightforward project – but there are still a thousand things that need to be taken into consideration by the architect. And what happens when the building involves unique or challenging design elements, like a rooftop lounge? Or it needs to be created in a way to minimize stress on a special group of occupants?
This is when the architect has to rely on his or her experience, knowledge, and creativity to ensure that the client is satisfied. He or she may use designers, drafters, and other skilled professionals in the early stages of the project.
Once the design stage is finished and actual construction starts, the project now gets into the hands of the contractor. This person is in charge of the entire build process, as well as his or her crew. In many cases, subcontractors are used to perform certain specialized tasks.
The Project Engineer
The project engineer acts as a liaison between the project manager and the contractor. He or she will work with the builders to make sure the designs are being followed and that things are going according to plan. The duties of a project engineer may include creating schedules and forecasts, budget monitoring, status reports, and facilitating communications.
Any type of construction project can be a long and arduous process. This is why a design-build firm is the ideal choice. With every team member working closely with one another, the project will run smoothly with a minimal chance of complications that could cost extra time or money.
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