As every project is unique, so are each client’s needs. We tailor our services to address such needs accordingly, whether it is management of a multi-project program, a standalone project, a specific task in the project life-cycle (e.g. managing solicitations), or augmenting a client’s staff to address a short-term workload increase.
Meridian typically provides “agency CM/PM” as defined by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), where the owner holds all of the contracts (contractor, designer, etc.) and we serve as the owner’s advocate, unencumbered by other interests. In essence, we are the owner’s agent, or representative. This of course, entails a high degree of openness and trust between the owner and ourselves.
We are of the opinion that hiring a project manager (like Meridian) as the first step in a capital project is a best management practice. When this is done, we can discuss scope, schedule and budget constraints from the very beginning and make recommendations on the best project delivery method. Often, the selection of the project delivery method is one of the largest determinants of project success. Project delivery methods include design-bid-build, DBOM, design-build, P3, multi-prime, IPD and construction manager at risk (CMAR/CM@Risk/CM-GC).
Within the context of the delivery strategy, Meridian will work with the owner to procure the project team through solicitations and/or negotiations, and develop contracts that establish specific project deliverables and requirements. We will work with the owner to develop project budgets and contingency and mitigation strategies to address risk.
During the critical planning phases, in addition to identification of the delivery method, Meridian will work with the owner to develop additional plans such as communication and reporting, procurement of long-lead and potentially owner-furnished materials, bonding/insurance requirements, cost accounting processes, FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment), commissioning, any specialty owner-furnished services (e.g. artists), change control, stakeholder management (including operations and maintenance) and closeout planning.
Meridian frequently develops and maintains master project schedules. Depending on the owner’s standard, we use either Primavera (P6 compatible) or Microsoft Office software. During construction we track the contractor’s schedule against their baseline, and on larger projects, administer a scheduling specification that has additional requirements.
During construction, Meridian project managers apply a hands-on approach by working closely with the project team to resolve issues at the lowest possible level. We prefer frequent, if not full-time, on-site project management depending on the scale and complexity of the project. We understand there is a balance between budget and value when it comes to on-site project management, and we also understand the potential negative impacts of infrequent on-site inspections.
Closeout and commissioning are often under-planned tasks. Commissioning needs to be planned in the beginning of a project to establish pre-functional and functional testing requirements and establish the level of effort by each project team member prior to the solicitation of their services. Closeout documentation needs to be scrutinized for completeness including as-builts, O&M manuals, warranty documentation, etc.
Meridian can manage multiple, concurrent projects in a comprehensive approach. When such program management is properly applied, projects can be coordinated to obtain benefits not available from managing each one individually. This requires thoughtful planning and investigation to maximize the benefits of shared resources and to realize time and cost savings. Equally important is scheduling the projects appropriately to minimize disruption to the owner’s operations.
Meridian is committed to using the most current industry applications available based on the client’s and project’s needs. Applications including (but not limited to) Primavera, Microsoft Project, AutoCAD, and Constructware are utilized to create efficiencies and improve communication.
Delivery Method Selection
Value Management (VE)
Process/Project Management Plans
FF&E Program Management
Pre-Functional and Functional Testing
Pay Application Review
Process/Project Management Plans
IBC Chpt. 17 Special Inspection Coordination
Substantial/Final Completion Inspections
As-Built Document Reviews