Undertaking a commercial construction project is a complex endeavor that requires careful planning, coordination, and execution. As an owner, it is essential to have a knowledgeable and experienced professional by your side who can act as your advocate throughout the project. This is where an owner’s representative comes in. In this blog, we will discuss why it is crucial to utilize the services of an owner’s representative for commercial construction projects and how they provide value to the owner.
1. Finding the Right Architectural Partner:
One of the critical aspects of a successful construction project is finding the right architectural partner. An owner’s representative can provide valuable advice and guidance in selecting an architect who aligns with the owner’s vision, project scope, and budget. They can assist in evaluating the architect’s credentials, portfolio, and reputation, ensuring that the chosen team has the necessary expertise and experience to deliver the desired results.
2. Finding the Right Construction Contractor:
Similarly, the selection of a reliable and competent construction contractor is vital for the success of any project. An owner’s representative plays a crucial role in vetting potential contractors based on factors such as their fees, experience, capability, and previous project performance. They can help the owner make an informed decision by gathering and analyzing data and negotiating favorable terms and contracts.
3. Assisting in Creating Plans and Specifications:
Creating comprehensive plans and specifications that meet the owner’s expectations is a complex task. An owner’s representative acts as a bridge between the owner and the design team, ensuring that the plans and specifications align with the owner’s vision, functional requirements, and budgetary constraints. They provide valuable input, manage changes, and help guide the owner’s budget throughout the design process while safeguarding the owner’s interests.
4. Gaining Entitlements and Permitting:
Navigating the often-complex realm of entitlements, zoning changes, and permitting can be challenging for owners. An owner’s representative can work on the owner’s behalf, collaborating with local authorities and agencies to secure necessary approvals. They have the expertise and knowledge to streamline the process, saving time and reducing potential roadblocks that could hinder the project’s progress.
5. On-Site Eyes and Ears During Construction:
During the construction phase, an owner’s representative serves as the owner’s representative on-site, overseeing the project’s progress and ensuring adherence to quality standards, timelines, and budget. They act as a liaison between the owner, design team, and construction contractor, facilitating effective communication and addressing any concerns or issues that may arise. Their oversight helps mitigate risks, manage change orders, and maintain cost control.
6. Training, Closeout, and Final Inspections:
As the project nears completion, an owner’s representative plays a vital role in participating in the training with the owner’s staff on the operation and maintenance of the newly constructed facilities. They assist in the closeout process, ensuring all necessary documentation, warranties, and permits are obtained and properly recorded. Additionally, they conduct final inspections to verify that the quality and specifications have been met across all aspects of the project, ensuring the owner’s satisfaction, and protecting the Owner’s investment.
Utilizing the services of an owner’s representative is an invaluable decision for owners embarking on commercial construction projects. Their expertise and experience add significant value by guiding the owner through the selection of the right architectural partner and construction contractor, managing the design process, obtaining necessary entitlements and permits, providing on-site oversight, and ensuring quality throughout. By having an owner’s representative by your side, you can confidently navigate the complexities of the construction process and achieve successful outcomes while protecting your interests and investment.
Doug Boser grew up in a small town in MN on a family farm. His upbringing instilled in him a strong work ethic, a solid technical foundation, and a deep passion for the principles of construction and building repair. With a drive to succeed and much determination, Doug set his sights on the construction industry, establishing Boser Construction, Inc (BCI) in 1996.
Over the years, Doug’s dedication and expertise established him as a thought leader in the commercial building industry in Central Minnesota. During the early stages of Inventure’s commercial development projects, BCI worked closely alongside them until 2017. During that time, Doug made the decision to sell BCI to two trusted long-term employees and fully devote his attention to Inventure.
As the Founder, President, and CEO of Inventure, Doug is regarded as a reliable source of advice and focused solutions in commercial real estate and development opportunities. Having experienced firsthand the challenges of navigating the complexities of the commercial real estate industry, Doug understands the importance of protecting his client’s time, finances, and peace of mind. His goal is to serve as their trusted advisor, offering them the support they need to make the best investment decisions and navigate the industry with confidence.