Owner’s Checklist for Selecting a Construction Manager

Construction Management: The Basics

When looking to build or renovate owners have an opportunity to review a variety of elements before choosing a Construction Manager. Choosing the right Construction Manager is the key to making your project successful. Construction Management (CM) is a project delivery method that allows the owner to have a negotiated arrangement with a construction company that puts the builder front and center as an advocate for the owner.  Several elements should be considered by the owner in making that decision:

o Experience in the Industry
o Staff assigned to the project
o Use of technology by the builder
o Reputation
o Project history with budget adherence
o Company references
o Adherence to tight schedules

An active Construction Manager will provide endless positive elements to a project, both before and during construction.  During pre-construction a CM will be able to allow for continual budget updates, and constructability reviews, which can assist the owner and architect greatly in keeping the set budget intact for the project.  Additionally, during construction with professional systems and processes for budget monitoring, change orders are kept to a minimum, and all trade packages are coordinated to ensure efficient construction providing an excellent finished product.  CM is a great way to provide an orderly and productive construction experience, through strong schedules and project execution.

Why hire a construction manager?


Get more options and greater freedom

  • A construction management firm is selected on the basis of professional experience, reputation, technical expertise, and value added to the project.
  • Through the construction management firm, the owner and architect participate in the selection of subcontractors based on their qualifications and preference on price.


Save money

  • Our construction management process is designed to provide a lower total project cost over the life of the building.
  • Our firm’s fee is transparent to the owner and is fixed early in the process. This fee is negotiated with the owner and is based on the total constructed value of the project.
  • We can contain project costs through value engineering and by evaluating the feasibility of construction designs, ensuring the quality of work, and keeping the project on time.


Save time

  • Thanks to efficiencies throughout the process and a sense of teamwork across all stakeholders, it is possible to streamline the design and construction phases so work is completed sooner than during the traditional design-bid-build process.
  • A streamlined workflow and people working together as a team mean that owners, architects, and contractors experience fewer headaches during the project and have to dedicate less of their own valuable time to resolving problems and conflicts during the project.
  • This means you can be in your building faster with the design-bid-build process.


Experience exceptional relationships

  • We work with the owner and architect in a collaborative relationship and focus on meeting their needs.
  • By the very nature of the relationship, we at Ellis Construction have a special duty of loyalty to the owner and must act in good faith to the owner’s interests.


Always on your side, the construction management firm is an advocate for the owner

  • We work with the owner and architect during the design process to help evaluate and select the best subcontractors.
  • We oversee the quality and performance of the work to ensure that it is performed to the owner’s requirements and standards.


The construction management firm provides strong project management by:

  • managing project scope, ensuring the work is done in accordance with the architect’s drawings, specifications, and contract documents
  • managing project costs, ensuring the project budget is achieved
  • managing project schedule, ensuring work in completed in accordance with the owner’s requirements
  • managing technical and financial risks, ensuring the functionality of the project and limiting the owner’s exposure to various commercial liabilities
  • managing project quality, ensuring the work is done right the first time and that it is in compliance with the design criteria
  • managing project safety, ensuring the work complies with all legally mandated safety requirements


Jim E. Anderson, President Jim Anderson, President