Construction Management (CM)

When acting as construction manager (CM), Shuster necessarily begins involvement at the very start of a project life cycle. The firm offers critical expertise to ownership parties that facilitate the selection of design team members as well as impose management hierarchies and communication procedures that maximize cost savings and cash flow, minimize delays, encourage realistic scheduling, increase design and construction quality, anticipate challenges, prevent bureaucratic complications, and mitigate inter-team conflicts before the project site is activated.

As CM, Shuster consults exhaustively on the details of subcontractor recruitment, qualification, selection, and negotiation. However, all tradespeople contract directly with ownership and are therefore accountable to ownership. The structure of such an arrangement introduces several advantages illustrated below.

Clear Contractual Obligation
Since the CM does not contract with any party other than the owner, the CM can forcefully focus its consultations and influence exclusively on advancing the interests of ownership.

Complete Transparency
Ownership enjoys access to all relevant documentation including project schedules, payrolls, invoices and bills of sale for material procurements, blueprints, and trade certifications.

Direct control
The property owner is involved in all elements of project development and is armed with ultimate decision making authority. As CM, Shuster presents ownership with the benefits of aesthetic, financial, and technical choices as well as their potential consequences to cost and schedules before proceeding with associated work.

Collaborative Atmosphere
Working under the construction manager model, Shuster coordinates communication between ownership, the design team, administrative staff, and subcontractors to utilize the collective expertise and align the efforts of all involved.