Additional Information on an Owner's Representative
The owner’s representative
is the person who acts as the advocate for an owner who does not
have anyone on staff experienced in the construction sector, and is
going to undertake a new or expansion project.
The role of the owner’s
representative is to maintain a horizontal relationship between the
owner and the Architect, Engineer, Contractor and vendors. This will
help insure a smooth flow of information and mitigate unnecessary
confusion. A snapshot of how this is done is as follows:
The owner’s rep will monitor the design and
development process, making sure that the owner’s best interests are
at the center of all decisions.
The owner’s rep is a seasoned
professional who is well-versed at design and construction, who
can utilize the lessons learned from a wealth of experience to
solve problems and offer creative solutions.
The owner’s rep will control the overall coordination
effort between the design team members to assure that the
construction documents are prepared on a timely basis and the
finished design satisfies the owner’s expectations.
During construction, the owner’s rep spends
sufficient time on the construction site to ensure compliance to the
design, as well as recognizes and resolves problems and conflicts.
When difficult and complicated challenges arise, the
owner’s rep studies the problem, explores possible solutions, and
supplies the owner with clearly defined options along with a
recommended course of action.
The owner’s rep is also involved in the change order
process: They mitigate the change orders by identifying problems
before they are compounded and become very expensive to correct.
The owner’s rep assists in the payment process to
insure that the contractors are paid fairly for the work in place.
No more or less.
The owner’s rep may assist in defining the punch list
process, start-up of building systems and the commissioning of same,
and also close-out of the project.
Please contact us for more
information on how we can best serve your project.