Construction Management is Part of Project Management
As noted earlier, project management includes the direction of
consultants, designers and contractors, together with the co-ordination
of the client's and user's staff as members of the project team.
Within this structure, the construction management approach may
be used to advantage as an alternative to the general contractor,
particularly on large projects where time savings are required.
The employment of construction management services, headed by a
construction manager who is also a member of the project team under
the project manager's direction, makes it possible to "fast track".
That is to say, individual trade contracts are awarded in the physical
sequence of construction which permit some overlap with the working
design effort. Thus overall project time is saved compared to that
required to complete the whole design for procurement of all construction
work in one tender call.
Obviously all design work must be carefully scheduled and then
coordinated with construction, for this method to succeed.