Having a dedicated manager on your design team to oversee all aspects of the project with the needs of the client, landlord and building codes in mind can make all the difference. Not having a project manager, on the other hand, is a little like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. It doesn’t matter how much pre-planning you do. You may still end your project over budget, behind schedule or with unsatisfactory results.
For all types of projects – large, small, domestic or international – a project manager ensures the scope of work is adhered to, the work is of quality, and the project is successfully delivered on budget and on time. The project manager makes sure that signed contracts have been signed, permits have been acquired and project team members, as well as suppliers, are aligned so that work will get done at the pace that is expected.
The Risk of Not Having a Project Coordinator in Place
During the build-out phase of your restaurant or industrial facility, you are not just dealing with the construction, you also have to take the installation of equipment, furniture and fixtures into account.
Having a seasoned project manager in your corner can make a huge difference. At RDC, we work in partnership with you to facilitate the process. Here are some of the steps we take to keep your project on track.
Getting a handle on the process from the beginning. One of the first and arguably most important steps is to obtain the construction schedule from the general contractor that will be used to reference the progress of the job. This also helps to anticipate when to time furniture and equipment deliveries so they don't get damaged or dirty when delivered to the job site.
Checking the Correct Positioning of Sinks and Drains: Our process includes checking the locations of the floor drains and floor sinks to make sure they are located appropriately, as indicated by the plans or drawings. This ensures that equipment legs do not fall into these drains and it also ensures they are positioned correctly to provide for easy cleaning.
Plumbing and Electrical, Check: Again, it’s all about positioning to drive convenience and efficiency. We check the locations of the plumbing stub-outs and electrical outlets to make sure none are missing and that they are located for ease of use and convenience. This also prevents them from being blocked by other equipment.
Preventing Issues When Ordering Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment: Troubleshooting is important if issues come up when it comes to the client’s or contractor’s order of FF&E (furniture, fixtures, and equipment). At RDC, we are there to support you through this process.
Health Inspections: By working to organize and facilitate health inspections, we take this burden off your plate so you can focus on other important aspects of opening your business.
Ongoing Site Visits: Throughout the process, we conduct site visits on an ongoing basis to check on the progress.
End of Job Quality Review and "Punchlist”: At the end of the process, you don’t want to find that the site needs touch-ups and little finishing fixes. Taking advantage of a design team with an experienced project coordinator, before and during your build-out, can help steer you towards a finished project that is on-time, on-budget and represents quality workmanship and one that helps you avoid or mitigate potential problems.
At RDC, our full-service architecture, design and project coordination service approach walks you through every step of the process from beginning to end, with project coordination as a key priority, to ensure you reach a safe landing at the end of your project.