What Does a Certified Construction Manager Do?

What Does a Certified Construction Manager Do?

It would be a lot easier to list what a Certified Construction Manager (CMM) doesn’t do on a project than to discuss the responsibilities of a CMM. Leading a construction project successfully to the finish line requires someone with a never-ending thirst for knowledge and a depth of practical experience in all aspects of construction management

What is a Certified Construction Manager?

A CMM is a construction manager who has chosen to put in the time and effort into becoming certified and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This accreditation falls under the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO-17024 standard. A CMM has gone one step further than most industry professionals and become a proven leader in the construction industry.

As a prerequisite for certification, a CMM has:

  • Met the established criteria for formal education
  • Studied and worked to acquire the necessary technical knowledge
  • Demonstrated practical experience and leadership in the field

So, what is a CMM? Someone who has earned the credentials that are considered the “gold standard” within the construction industry.

Why Should a Certified Construction Manager be Hired?

The ultimate goal of a CMM is to make sure the owner’s goals are met. Any construction project is incredibly complex and risky. There’s a lot of money on the line, so A CCM should be hired at the beginning of the project. Proper planning and experience can prevent many costly problems.

Asking “why hire a CMM” can perhaps be best answered by passing on a few lessons learned by Frank Mullaney, an experienced CMM.

  • A successful project begins with a solid contract written or at least reviewed by an attorney specializing in construction contracts.
  • A reputable local architect will have experience with local zoning boards, building codes, and review boards.
  • A schedule’s completion date is usually tied to a specific reason for the end date. Unexpected complications, such as a flood, can certainly play havoc with a schedule. Be prepared to adapt.
  • A certain number of change orders is a given. Unforeseen emergencies and unplanned upgrades are likely to occur, so plan for this in the overall budget.
  • Make sure that contractors hired for the project are familiar with the local codes, zoning requirements, and licensing issues.
  • Local subcontractors are preferred whenever possible, as they will be available if needed for warranty issues, etc. at a later date.
  • Always do a thorough check of the references of everyone hired to work on the project.
  • Budget for necessary security on the project.
  • Plan and build for environmental factors that could have an impact, such as a location in a flood zone.
  • A feasibility study is worth the expense.
  • Going “green” benefits the environment, the project, and the community.
  • Understand how and from where the building could be contaminated by allergens, mold etc., and control or eliminate them.
  • A lien waiver should be signed and notarized whenever a subcontractor’s invoice is paid.
  • Be sure that everyone working on the project who needs one has a current certificate of insurance.
  • Understand sales tax regulations, keep track of all sales taxes paid, and be sure that sales taxes aren’t charged on invoices if the project is a not-for-profit.
  • Ensure the budget includes General Condition items such as dumpsters and the job trailer.
  • Daily reports and photos are essential if a dispute arises.
  • Communication skills are essential.
  • Hire an owner’s representative to facilitate the successful completion of the project.

What does a Certified Construction Manager do? Just about everything necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project.

Frank Mullaney, the owner and president of Beacon Projects Group, is a Connecticut Certified Construction Manager as well as a Massachusetts Certified Construction Manager. Since 1994, Beacon Projects Group has been involved with a wide range of construction projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Frank J. Mullaney, in addition to his CMM credentials, is also a certified LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the benchmark for high-performance “green” buildings. Call Beacon Projects today to learn how your project could benefit.


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