There are two methods common to the construction of residential dwellings, Construction Management and General Contracting.

Construction Management is designed to serve as a means of making the process of building a home easier to manage, understand and assist in making the process between the homeowner and the construction professionals a true partnership throughout the course of construction. Letís compare the difference between Construction Management and General Contracting in two primary areas of construction.

PRE CONSTRUCTION
CONSTRUCTION
MANAGEMENT
GENERAL
CONTRACTING
Define the Owner's role in the building process
Define RCM, Architects & Designers role in the building process
Determine when decisions must be made on building elements
Set construction fee including extras
Site constraint and constructability reviews
Cost centers for all exterior and interior building elements
Concerns as to how various building elements will work together
Concept budget presentation
Scheduling and the timing required for long-lead items
Engineering reviews and assessment
Preliminary construction cost estimation and budgeting restraints
Architectural, structural, MEP, & civil drawing coordination
Working drawing and specification completeness reviews
Bidding options and pricing confirmation
Sub-trade, supplier pricing selections and contract award
Homeowners determine where and how they spend their money
Cash flow requirements
Permitting Assistance
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
CONSTRUCTION
CONSTRUCTION
MANAGEMENT
GENERAL
CONTRACTING
Project start up check list and team assignments
Bi-weekly or weekly cost & construction reviews
Owner approval prior to any changes to construction
Owner approval of all draws/waivers/statements
Cost and all cash flow management approval
All funds are distributed through a third party disbursement agent.
Project Schedule Owner participation/daily/weekly/monthly
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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No
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No
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