Every construction project owner wants to get the highest possible quality at least possible cost. Positioning a construction project like that, you may be tempted to wonder whether you really need owner representative services. Can’t someone else on the project perform those duties for you? Well, no. Even though all parties involved benefit from project success, they all have their interests and bottom lines to protect. Only the owner and the owner representative will look after owner’s best interests.
If you are unsure you need an owner representative, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have the construction-related knowledge and experience to handle project challenges and foresee them?
- Do you have the time to tend to all the details on various layers of the project?
- Do you have the data and experience to choose the best project delivery method and to make dependable budget estimates?
- Are you confident you can communicate with contractors and other experts so that you make sure quality standards and compliance are met?
- Do you know all the procedures involved in construction projects (e.g. closing out)?
If you answer just one of these questions negatively, you may need owner representative services. Read on to find out what benefits an Owner’s Rep brings to the table.
Smooth communication among teams
Construction projects bring together architects, contractors, legal teams and accountants. Someone has to be in charge of ensuring everyone is in the loop. Will that be you, since you’re the owner? Bear in mind that delays in communication slow down the project. At least one person on the team has to keep in mind the big picture.
Increased owner’s capacity to manage the project
Project owners typically have a full-time job or some other commitments which reduce the amount of time available to them to manage their construction project. Experienced and astute owner representatives amplify owner’s capacity to manage their construction project without draining their energy and consuming their family time.
Keeping records and important documents is something that an owner representative can help with. Organizing and managing documents and project management software isn’t usually fun, but it’s critical to ensure the project is up to snuff and in compliance.
Mediating between the owner and experts
Even when the owner is willing to commit to regular communication with the project experts, this may be difficult for them and exasperating for the experts. An Owner’s Rep is someone who knows all the various processes and procedures that make up a construction project and they can act as owner’s mediators and translators. That way, the owner is always in the loop about what’s been done and what is yet to be tackled.
Connections & new hires
In order for a construction professional to provide owner representative services, they have to have some background in construction. They come with a network of connections that owners can use when a need arises.
In addition to this, an Owner’s Rep will handle the administrative side of making new hires for the project. They will manage Requests for Proposals and the hiring process (interviews, negotiations, etc.).
Managing the budget and schedule
Depending on the project delivery method, an Owner’s Rep can be in charge of creating and managing master budget and master schedule. These two items include details about critical path and deliverables from all the involved parties. This aspect of the project requires meticulous orientation to detail and keeping in mind a crystal-clear vision of the “big picture” that we have already mentioned above.
Reining in the costs
Owner representative services cost, but they could bring you an amazing return on investment. By reviewing bids, submittals and change orders, an experienced professional can spot and help you avoid scenarios of escalating costs. If you don’t possess the knowledge and experience in the field of construction and if you don’t have time to devote yourself all the way to your construction project, the assets brought in by an owner’s representative are invaluable. Ensuring project’s compliance with standards and regulations and reducing your builder’s risk brings owners a peace of mind and lower costs all in all.