Construction Management Agency (CMa)
What is Construction Management?
Construction Management (CM) delivery is a method where the construction manager provides both pre-construction services, in collaboration with the owner-contracted designer, and construction services.
In the agency/adviser method (CMa), the trade contracts for the construction work would be held by the Owner and managed by the construction managers. Also in the agency/adviser method, the construction managers typically would not self-perform any actual construction work but would only manage and supervise the work, serving as the owner’s representative in relation to designers and contractors.
How does Construction Management agency work?
On Construction Management agency projects, Carl A. Nelson & Company brings its extensive pre-construction and construction experience to bear as Owner representative and advocate with designers and builders hired for the project.
As shown in the accompanying graphic, the Owner contracts directly with the design and construction service providers. CANCO's role as the construction management contractor on a CMa project is to work on the Owner's behalf, and represent Owner priorities in communication with designers and builders.
Frequently in the CMa delivery method, CANCO manages multiple design and construction contracts on the Owner's behalf. During the design phase, our pre-construction review includes looking at architectural and MEPT designs to ensure Owner needs and priorities for the project are being met within the available budget.
Also during pre-construction, Carl A. Nelson & Company will prepare the final budget, then create bid packages and solicit bidders, with special emphasis on encouraging local contractor participation.
During construction, our on-site project leadership team works with the general contractor and subcontractors to ensure adherence to schedule and budget while also assuring quality.
Who can use Construction Management Agency?
CMa services are broadly available to public agencies such as cities, school districts and public hospitals. An Owner can choose to engage a construction manager either before or after contracting with a designer.
CMa project examples
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Construction Management Agency project examples
Highlighted below are several of Carl A. Nelson & Company's projects in the role of construction management agency. Visit the Project Portfolio for additional examples of our work.
Clients discuss the benefits of Construction Management Agency services
On public projects in Iowa, Construction Management Agency delivery offers cities, school districts and other governmental agencies the opportunity — even prior to engaging an architect — to benefit from the expertise of an experienced construction manager in areas such as cost estimating and budgeting. Below, clients offer their views about the role Carl A. Nelson & Company played on their Construction Management Agency projects.
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