What Is Construction Management?

Construction management refers to the process of planning, coordinating, and controlling a construction project from start to finish. A construction manager should have the ability to handle public safety, time management, cost management, quality management, decision making, mathematics, working drawings, and human resources.

What Construction Managers Do

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish. Construction managers typically perform duties such as:

  • Preparing cost estimates, budgets, and work schedules
  • Interpreting and explaining contracts and technical information to other professionals
  • Reporting work progress and budget matters to clients
  • Collaborating with architects, engineers, and other construction specialists
  • Selecting subcontractors and scheduling and coordinating their activities
  • Responding to work delays, emergencies, and other problems
  • Complying with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations

Construction managers oversee specialized contractors and other personnel. They schedule and coordinate all construction processes so that projects meet design specifications. They ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. Some managers may be responsible for several projects at once—for example, the construction of multiple apartment buildings.  

Work Environment

Many construction managers have a main office, but spend most of their time working out of a field office at a construction site, where they monitor the project and make daily decisions about construction activities. They need to meet deadlines and respond to emergencies. This often requires construction managers to work long or irregular hours.

 

How to Become a Construction Manager

Large construction firms typically prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. Although individuals with a high school diploma and many years of experience in a construction trade may be hired as construction managers, these individuals are typically qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Pay

The median annual wage for construction managers was $87,400 in May 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Job Outlook

Employment of construction managers is projected to grow at a rate of 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations throughout the United States. Construction managers will be needed as overall construction activity increases over the coming decade. Those with a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, or civil engineering, coupled with construction experience, will have the best job prospects.

Hudson Design Build Group recognizes that a construction manager is needed for a construction project to mitigate risk and optimize project performance. A construction manager is a professional construction manager to the team who consults, assists with, and manages budgets, drawing review, the bidding process, the construction project, and project closeout.

 

Hudson Design Build Group believes that the time we spend in the buildings we live in, the sports facilities we play in and our workplace should provide a reliable, energy efficient, maintainable, fit-for-purpose, attractive environment that enhances our day-to-day experiences. We are the firm to help achieve these goals successfully and efficiently.

 

Hudson Design Build Group believes that the time we spend in the buildings we live in, the sports facilities we play in and our workplace should provide a reliable, energy efficient, maintainable, fit-for-purpose, and attractive environment that enhances our day-to-day experiences. HDBG can help you achieve these goals successfully and efficiently on your next construction project.

What does “design-build” mean?

Design-build is a term that describes the integration of efforts in design and construction through a single contract between the property owner and the design-build team. This effective coordination of functions saves money and time by merging the functions of designers and builders into a unified synergy that results in effective collaboration and efficient teamwork.

A design-build project provides a single point of responsibility for:

·         design

·         cost control

·         construction

·         change-order management

·         project-delivery acceleration

·         risk management

Design-build is an alternative to the traditional design-bid-build project delivery method. Under the traditional approach, design and construction services are split into separate functions with separate contracts for separate work. The project owner must manage two separate contracts and act as a middleman between design and construction. In design-build, the project manager manages one contract with a single point of responsibility. The contractor and the designer work on the same team and in unison.

The Design-Build Institute of America defines design-build as, “… a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design-build team – works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. One entity, one contract, one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion – thereby re-integrating the roles of designer and constructor. Across the country and around the world, design-build successfully delivers both horizontal and vertical construction projects with superior results – no matter what the project type.”

Design–build is sometimes compared to the "master builder" approach, one of the oldest forms of construction management. Comparing design–build to the traditional method of procurement, the authors of Design-Build Contracting Handbook noted that: “from a historical perspective the so-called traditional approach is actually a very recent concept, only being in use approximately 150 years. In contrast, the design–build concept—also known as the "master builder" concept—has been reported as being in use for over four millennia."

HDBG uses a proven process that has shown to be effective over the course of many years of experience. The project is conceptualized, developed and completed to provide our clients with a project that will serve its intended use well, efficiently and for many years to come.

 

 

Four Innovations in Construction Techniques

Advances in the technologies for new construction materials have allowed construction consultants to recommend high-tech solutions for common building challenges in Rockland County and throughout the New York metro area. Hudson Design Build Group (HDBG) believes that the time we spend in the homes we live in, the sports facilities we play in, and the building we work in should provide a reliable, energy-efficient, maintainable, fit-for-purpose, attractive environment and enhance our day-to-day experiences. HDBG is the firm to help achieve these goals successfully and efficiently.

Here are four exciting innovations that have become prominent in the industry today.

1.     Self-healing concrete—a type of concrete that will, when exposed to water, say through a crack, be able to generate limestone to repair the crack with no human intervention. Self-healing concrete contains a type of bacteria (and a food source; calcium lactate) that will begin to produce limestone when it interacts with water intruding through a crack. This limestone by-product of bacterial digestion works to effectively seal the crack to prevent the initial damage from worsening.

2.     Solar power-generating windows—transparent photovoltaic glass panels are becoming available that can turn an entire building into a solar power energy generating machine. The glass itself is expensive but coming down in price as this option becomes more popular. Traditional framework and installation techniques apply to photovoltaic glass, which help keep the cost of using this type of material within reason.

3.     Three-dimensional modeling—using to-scale construction models are a common sight in the industry, but this refers to modeling a building and all its integrated components on a computer. By effectively constructing the building in its entirety on the computer before a shovel ever hits the ground, construction professionals can anticipate areas of attention that need additional study or rework.

4.     Modular construction—individual sections of a building are assembled off site and then delivered to the construction zone and joined together to form one whole building. Modular construction is increasingly popular because it saves on on-site labor, helps mediate storage and security issues for building materials, and is delivered to the construction site exactly when it is ready to be installed for a “just in time” work process.

 

Hudson Design Build Group is a team of design and construction professionals dedicated to providing quality service on a project-by-project basis. Because all our clients and projects are unique, HDBG considers the client-stated goals and objectives and integrates them into a dynamic, sustainable design. Working from a foundation of mutual respect, trust and collaboration, HDBG provides clients solid actionable information early in the process so that informed decisions can be made.

HDBG are experts in pre-engineered steel construction and sports facility construction. HDBG offers professional consultation services for every type of commercial construction project including aiding in site selection, project overview, design, and managing costs.

Call Hudson Design Build Group at: (914) 920-3040

Advantages of pre-engineering

Pre-engineered steel frame structures across Orange County are durable and easily constructed compared to structures built with conventional construction methods. Pre-engineered building components are assembled off site and then delivered and assembled at the construction site, saving time and costs associated with storing, moving, and assembling with ordinary building materials.

The benefits of pre-engineered steel include:

·       early shell design

·       flexible design

·       long life roof

·       economical cost

·       speed of delivery

·       ease of construction details

·       choice to use pre-engineered siding systems or conventional finishes

·       wide span, custom, and multi-story design

Pre-engineered steel

Metal buildings use a structural steel frame that supports the metal roof and the exterior wall panels. The frame system provides strong but lightweight support for the building’s roof and exterior walls. A particular benefit of a building constructed with a structural steel frame is a “clearspan” interior space. In other words, few if any internal support columns are necessary to support the roof of the structure. Interior walls are subsequently non-load bearing, and this allows maximum flexibility in the use and the design of the interior space.

Once used primarily for storage buildings and warehouse facilities, pre-engineered metal buildings are now used to construct shopping centers, schools, office buildings and churches. Many options for architectural details and finish materials are available to make your pre-engineered steel building look as permanent and deliberate as any traditionally constructed building.

A pre-engineered steel building offers:

·       Cost efficiency

·       Design flexibility

·       Easy retrofits

·       Shorter construction time

·       Superior structural integrity

·       Warranties

More than just warehouses

Pre-engineered steel buildings are not always square boxes for storage. While standard designs are available, pre-engineered structures are customized for each client’s needs and criteria and in accordance with local building codes.

Hudson Design Build Group (HDBG) believes that the time we spend in the buildings we live in, the sports facilities we play in and our workplace should provide a reliable, energy efficient, maintainable, fit for their purpose, attractive environment and enhance our day to day experience. We are the firm to help achieve these goals successfully and efficiently.

HDBG is a team of design and construction professionals dedicated to providing quality service on a project-by-project basis. Because all our clients and projects are unique, HDBG considers the client-stated goals and objectives and integrates them into a dynamic, sustainable design. Working from a foundation of mutual respect, trust and collaboration, HDBG provides clients solid actionable information early in the process so that informed decisions can be made. With 20 years of pre-engineered steel experience, HDBG offers their customers unsurpassed expertise and distributor pricing.

 

Commercial remodeling

Commercial construction facilities fill an important role in the lives of workers and ultimately of the end user and should be a benefit to the community utilizing best practices in commercial construction and be a responsible community facility which utilizes steel commercial construction in a cost effective, aesthetically pleasing way.

If you’re a business property owner or a facility or property manager, most of your efforts may be directed toward maintenance and repair of your facility with little time left to actually plan for the future needs of the business. A qualified and experienced commercial construction and remodeling business can help harried managers and cramped employees develop a plan that addresses your most immediate needs and provides flexibility for the future.

Energy efficiency

A commercial facility remodel is a good time to assess and address the energy efficiency of a space. More effective insulation, high-efficiency lighting, replacing windows, or installing low-flow toilets are all ways to bring a building not only up to date with today’s sensibilities and regulations, but to position the facility for the future, especially when it comes time to sell.

More comfortable common spaces
If your company has grown and your staff has increased, don’t forget to include common spaces and their uses as you plan a remodel. Provide well-designed and constructed spaces for meetings, celebrations, and relaxing when updating a facility.

Better storage

Large-scale storage of inventory and equipment may be the primary function of a facility, but don’t leave out planning for smarter, more functional storage at a human level. Often the administrative needs of a remodel get less attention, but planning for effective and efficient office functions are as important as any other organizational planning.

Sweat the details

The finer points of a commercial remodel may make the difference between a remodel that stays functional and comfortable well into the future and a remodel that helps address current needs and abandons the future to the next guy. A conscientiously designed commercial facility remodeling plan will incorporate anticipated future needs and not just fill today’s demands.

Consult for success

Hudson Design Build Group works to understand your needs, your budget and deliver a project exceeding your expectations. Using Hudson Design Build Group for planning and implementation adds a team member, working for you, that is experienced in pre-engineered steel construction, industrial building construction as well as the surrounding program and construction costs. Hudson Design Build Group can plan your new building facility to be in a hard wall or pre-engineered steel building, recognizing that each project is unique and the requirements for commercial construction are use dependent. Using an experienced commercial construction and industrial facility builder in the early planning of your facility will positively impact the design of the construction, the functionality of the construction facility, the design of the area, and the overall construction cost for the metal & steel facility.

 



What you get with steel

Pre-engineered steel buildings all over New Jersey serve a lot purposes. Because they are prefabricated, they are easy to transport, deliver, and erect in a variety of working conditions; farms, ports, construction sites, warehouses, and storage. The component nature of pre-engineered steel buildings also offers many different configurations and design varieties.

Convenience

Construction of a pre-engineered steel building may is simpler than other types of construction because:

·       Steel framing, roofing, and walls are easily assembled.

·       Building design, fabrication, delivery, and construction is managed through one single source.

·       Little or no waste is generated in the component manufacturing process.

·       Quick construction, energy efficiency, and durability.

·       Flexible interior and exterior elements allow numerous design alternatives.

·       Exteriors can be clad with steel siding, wood, glass, aluminum, masonry, or concrete.

Durability

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) vouches for the durability of metal structures by pointing out that, “metal building systems can provide strong, dependable, nearly maintenance-free structures that last for many decades; often longer than buildings constructed with concrete, masonry, wood or some other typical building materials.”

·       A metal building structural system can last for six decades or more.

·       Metal buildings built in the 1930s are still in use more than 80 years later.

·       Resiliency ensures enduring performance.

·       Structures are easily retrofitted and expanded for new occupancies.

Ease of maintenance

The paints and coatings used in the manufacture of pre-engineered steel structures help resist dirt and grime and make the walls easy to clean. Some wall coatings are even self-washing in the rain. Sloped-roof designs prevent the problem of water ponding on the roof that plague the flat roofs of traditional structures. Coated steel is fire resistant and is less susceptible to mold, mildew, and insect infestation. Insulated steel provides superior thermal insulation properties when temperatures rise or fall. 

Quick construction

Construction of pre-engineered steel buildings typically takes one-third the time that traditional structures take to construct. The prefabricated parts and panels simply bolt together. And the faster a building is built, the sooner it can be put into service.

Steel is green

Steel is the most recycled material today. And the low level of scrap and waste generated during manufacture and construction means that pre-engineered steel is as green going up as it is if it ever comes down and gets recycled.

Hudson Design Build Group

Hudson Design Build Group is a team of design and construction professionals dedicated to providing quality service on a project-by-project basis. Because all our clients and projects are unique, HDBG considers the client-stated goals and objectives and integrates them into a dynamic, sustainable design. Working from a foundation of mutual respect, trust and collaboration, HDBG provides clients solid actionable information early in the process so that informed decisions can be made.

HDBG believes that the time we spend in the buildings we live in, the sports facilities we play in and our workplace should provide a reliable, energy efficient, maintainable, fit-for-purpose, attractive environment and enhance our day to day experience. We are the firm to help achieve these goals successfully and efficiently.

 

The Role of the Construction Consultant

The responsibilities of a construction consultant are typically defined by the contract they work out with the client. The consultant may be an architect or engineer. Involving the consultant at an early stage of the construction project is often beneficial for the owner. In fact, a consultant may even be involved pre-design in order to assist an owner with tasks such as project budgeting and management, site selection, space relationships, and environmental studies. Samantha Ip

Design

During the design stage itself, the consultant determines the feasibility of the project from an artistic, technical, logistical and financial standpoint. The consultant creates project design concept and seeks approval for this design concept. It is also during this stage that the consultant obtains the required development permit for the project.

Administration

The consultant represents the owner and acts as the owner’s agent in the preparation, issuance and supervision of project documents. Once bids have been received, the consultant evaluates them and consults with the owner about them.

During the construction contract administration, the consultant owes a duty to the owner to ensure that the contractor abides with the terms of its construction contract and that it follows the plans and specifications for the project. The most common way for the consultant to ensure that the construction contract is being adhered to is through on-site field reviews.

Inspection

The consultant is responsible for inspecting the project once it has been completed. Like a field review, his post-completion inspection is not just confined to a visual inspection, but instead includes an obligation to make appropriate inquires of the contractor. The post-completion inspection must be comprehensive and include structural, mechanical, and electrical inspections. Once the consultant considers the work to be complete, he or she can issue the final certificate for payment for the contractor.

The construction consultant has a wide variety of roles to play during the construction process. Because the consultant plays a multifaceted part in the construction project and is usually involved in the project from its inception to its completion, it is important that the value of a construction consultant be fully maximized on each construction project.

 

Hudson Design Build Group provides great consultation services. HDBG is proud to offer consultation services in for the different types of design build services they provide. HDBG offers professional consultation services for commercial construction projects. This consultation service includes aiding in site selection, project overview, design and costs. HDBG are experts in pre-engineered steel construction. HDBG offers professional consultation services for all of their prospective pre-engineered steel projects. This consultation service includes aiding in site selection, project overview, design and costs.

Hudson DBG also focuses on sports facility construction. HDBG offers professional consultation services for all of their prospective sports facility construction projects. This consultation service includes aiding in site selection, project overview, design and costs.

HDBG offers professional consulting services aiding in site selection, project overview, design and costs. 

What is the best tennis court surface material?

The game of tennis used to be played (still is; see Wimbledon) on finely manicured grass lawns. It was a civilized affair where women wore long dresses over their crinolines and men would wear ties and sweaters while reaching out for that short volley shot. As tennis became more popular, so did the technology behind the game, including tennis court surface materials.

Types of Tennis Court Material

Tennis courts of today have benefitted a lot from a close examination of the material on which the game is played. Science has improved the materials used for sports facilities and outdoor courts to where a choice is available for a tennis court surface that corresponds to the type of play the constructor is designing for. For instance, a tennis court today may be made of:

Natural grass—the most famous natural-grass tennis court in the world today is arguably the courts at Wimbledon, England. Every year, the Championships at Wimbledon reintroduce the television-viewing public to natural grass tennis courts. These courts provide a soft, cool surface on which to play and some say a grass surface increases the speed of the game. There are less than 500 natural-grass courts in the United States today, mostly because the care and maintenance these courts require are more akin to a golf course than a tennis court.

Clay—clay courts can take your tennis game to the next level because they are known to allow athletes to play the ball slower and with more control. Har-Tru is a brand name clay court surface with enhanced qualities that provide more cushion and less friction for the player.  Clay courts are often dry just minutes after a rainstorm because they are porous and allow water to seep through to the ground. But clay or Har-Tru courts can be labor intensive, requiring maintenance on almost a daily basis.

Hard cushion—these are courts that are applied either as a mat-like, rolled-out sheet material or as a liquid amalgam that is applied in layers, which are built-up gradually to provide a hard yet flexible court surface, Each type of application results in a product that needs little maintenance to stay looking and performing like new. Hard-cushion materials can be customized in the manufacturing process to provide the specific or unique play characteristics that the installer desires; increased ball speed or bounce, for instance.

Hudson Design Build Group is a team of design and construction professionals dedicated to providing quality service on a project-by-project basis. Because all our clients and projects are unique, HDBG considers the client-stated goals and objectives and integrates them into a dynamic, sustainable design. Working from a foundation of mutual respect, trust and collaboration, HDBG provides clients solid actionable information early in the process so that informed decisions can be made.

 

HDBG believes that the time we spend in the buildings we live in, the sports facilities we play in and our workplace should provide a reliable, energy efficient, maintainable, fit for purpose, attractive environment and enhance our day to day experience. We are the firm to help achieve these goals successfully and efficiently.

Construction management in New York or anywhere really can seem pretty much the same as any other kind of project management. Project tools and strategies are common among any type of project manager. But effective construction management requires some multitasking unique to the construction process, such as keeping a firm grasp on tight and ever-changing schedules, scrupulous budget administration, positive labor relations skills, as well as being a communicator and team leader to perhaps dozens or even hundreds of workers. It’s a lot of responsibility.

A Hudson Design Build Group construction manager offers personal attention to each of their clients, provides quality service to meet their needs, and helps their vision become a reality. An HDBG construction manager’s attention and work is aimed towards building long-term relationships based on trust, respect, accountability and experience. HDGB works in collaboration with architects, structural engineers, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineers in an integrated environment.

Five Construction Management Strategies for Success

  1. Be knowledgeable and responsive. An effective construction manager does their homework even before the project begins. A manager will start the job with a detailed knowledge of the project, its requirements, and its pitfalls. It’s in this way that a construction project manager can advise on schedules and anticipate change.
  2. Be nimbleConstruction project managers know how to shift gears to “plan B” when conditions call for it. Ensuring that the work continues to make progress when downtimes occur is a primary concern.
  3. Ask, observe, and record. An effective construction manager is as much an accurate and frequent communicator as they are any other function. Stakeholders, laborers, and subcontractors all depend on the information compiled and communicated through the project manager. A good manager will keep accurate records of dates and costs, analyze and forecast workflows, and if they don’t know something, they ask someone who does.
  4. Manage costs. The world turns with the power of money. When a significant amount of money is being spent on a construction project; when subcontractors need to be paid so that they can make their payroll; when deliveries need to be paid for to guarantee on-site arrival, the one person the team looks to for answers is the construction manager.
  5. Communicate and Report. Construction managers are the project’s source of necessary and accurate information that helps each function schedule and plan their work. Regular reports to the team and project stakeholders keep the focus on the future of the project and resolve most questions before they’re asked.

Hudson Design Build Group construction managers are experts in:

  • Tennis court construction
  • Basketball court construction
  • Squash court construction
  • Gymnastics facility construction
  • Warehouse construction

The best team is the one utilized to meet the uses, complexities, and time requirements of the owners’ project. This synthesis of talents actively optimizes the function, sustainability, cost, and success of the project. HDGB additional staff provides project management, superintendents, administrative assistants, drafting, and clerical and bookkeeping.

HDBG believes that the time we spend in the buildings we live in, the sports facilities we play in, and our workplaces should provide a reliable, energy efficient, maintainable, fit-for-purpose, attractive environment that enhances our daily experiences. Hudson Design Build Group is the firm to help achieve these goals successfully and efficiently.

The Energy Star label, wherever you see it, means top performance combined with energy efficiency and cost savings. Energy Star is a comprehensive package of best building practices and materials that help conserve energy, reduce costs, and are easy on the environment. Hudson Design Build Group (HDBG) are authorities on the design and construction of energy-efficient commercial buildings throughout the Lower Hudson Valley.

What does “Energy Star certified” mean?

Being granted an Energy Star certification requires that strict requirements are met in the construction of the building, the materials used in construction, and the systems used to heat and ventilate the structure. Energy Star certifications are performed annually, and these certifications are verified by a third-party licensed professional engineer or registered architect.

An Energy Star rating of 75 or higher means that the structure outperforms 75% of other similar structures nationwide (considerations are made for differences in operating conditions, local and regional weather conditions, etc.) As reported by Energystar.gov, an ENERGY STAR-certified building, on average:

·       Uses 35% less energy

·       Generates 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions

·       Costs $0.54 less per square foot to operate

·       Has higher rental and occupancy rates

What are the benefits of an Energy Star-certified new home?

Folks who engineer Energy Star strategies into their new homes or businesses can expect to experience:

Security—Energy Star guidelines and inspections ensure that your new home’s heating, cooling, and ventilating systems are designed to be effective, efficient, and durable for long-lasting comfort and savings.

Quality—Energy Star-certified materials and equipment operate more efficiently and effectively and are constructed with a higher degree of quality and workmanship.

Comfort—Energy Star-certified heating and cooling systems are engineered and installed to distribute air efficiently and comfortably. Consistent temperatures are maintained across every room, and a constant supply of fresh, filtered air reduces indoor pollutants, dust, pollen, and other allergens.

Value—Better energy efficiency and performance means savings for the home or business owner. Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label use 15-to-30% less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today.

Where is Energy Star in my home?

Energy Star homes are designed and built so that they are total energy-efficient packages. An Energy Star-certified home includes:

High-efficiency heating and cooling systems—these deliver top-notch performance while using less energy, reducing noise, and increasing efficiency.

Doors, windows, and insulation—draft-reducing seals around your doors and windows keep treated air in and retards weather intrusion form outside;  properly rated and installed home insulation prevents loss of heat or conditioned air through the roof or walls of your home, and high-performance windows and doors keep these items from transferring cold from the inside to the warmth of the inside.

Energy efficient lighting and appliances—Energy Star rated appliances and lighting fixtures are commonly available throughout the country. An easy-to-spot label and certification information is available with each item. They ensure top performance combined with energy savings and reliability.

HDBG reviews each client’s sustainability goals at the beginning of every project, from LEED certification, Green Globe certification , the Green Building Initiative or other specific goals and supports their use in their building construction projects.

Sustainability is built into every HDBG project. HDBG’s goal for the project is to provide an efficient, problem-free, maintainable building for many years to come. HDBG recognizes that completion of the construction is just the beginning of the facility’s life.

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