What Does a Facilities Project Manager Do?

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Are you planning on starting a building project? And you already have a list of the contractors and professionals you’ll need to get the job done. Wait a moment!

Did you include a facilities project manager?

Our guess is you didn’t.

Perhaps it is because you don’t know who facilities project managers are, or you don’t know what they do to get a building standing. Whichever the case, you are about to learn a great deal about them and their contributions to a building project.

To start with, what if we told you that your decision of whether or not to hire a facilities project manager could affect the expected quality of your ongoing building projects?

It sounds impossible, right? But this article is to prove that it is not.

 

Who is a Facilities Project Manager?

A facilities project manager is different from a regular facility manager. Though facilities project managers can double as facility managers providing facility management services once the building is ready, a facility manager may not be able to perform a facilities project manager’s task without extra training.

So how do you tell the difference? You can think of a facilities project manager as a middle man that has the essential task of ensuring and maintaining a seamless flow during a construction project. To appreciate what a facilities project manager does, it is necessary to understand the purpose of supervision.

Let’s take a moment to imagine. How you would feel when you have your building projects delivered at expected deadlines, built within budget and completed according to your specifications, and all of this without the hassle of dealing with the contractors directly. Relieved right? That’s exactly what we thought.

This relief is what having a facilities project manager brings you.

A facilities project manager usually wears many hats. He officiates in different capacities and fulfils numerous roles and responsibilities to keep harmony in an ongoing construction project. And also, like every other professional who is an ace in their field, he has a robust understanding of what is expected, and he has the needed skills to bring about smooth coordination throughout a building project.

So whether you are constructing a new structure or just renovating an existing one, you need extra pair of eyes to see to it that your project stays within budget, is completed to your specification and is delivered on the expected deadline.

 

What to expect from Facilities Project Managers

To ensure a seamless flow in a construction project, there are different roles a facilities project manager assumes to deliver a satisfactory result.

  •  A Liaison officer

A facilities project manager assumes his place as a liaison officer every time he acts as a go-between, an intermediary that brings your specifications and requests to the contractors and ensures the implementation.

His role as a liaison officer usually begins right at the beginning of a construction project where he selects professionals and contractors such as architects, consultants, and engineers who are needed for the building projects.

A facilities project manager also goes on to sets up a meeting between the project owner and the qualified contractors to explain the project’s scope. His role as a liaison officer continues until the project is completed and delivered. Thus, it is safe to say that hiring a facilities project manager before starting a building project would save you the hassle of finding reliable contractors fit to undertake your projects.

  • An Administrator

Acting as an administrator, a facilities manager provides adequate support to either you or a team of contractors to ensure smooth construction work.

Filing appropriate documents with designated authorities and keeping the records of both contract negotiations, design plans and other useful documents, a facilities project manager helps organize, and manage the resources meant to aid construction.

  •  A Supervisor

A facilities project manager is primarily a supervisor. On one hand, he manages and directs the course of the development based on what the project owner wants. On the other hand, he oversees the operations making sure that every rule and regulation is adhered to. This means that a facilities project manager is in charge of facility planning and site planning.

As a supervisor, a facilities project manager also schedules and carry out routine maintenance on complete projects.

 

How Facility Project Managers Make a Difference

To carry out their duties and fulfil their responsibilities, facility project managers must have comprehensive knowledge about some matters and a couple of essential skills like the following:

  • Project management Skill

With this skill, a facility project manager can conceive new project ideas, set an attainable goal, manage the team, plan and negotiate where necessary to allow for a smooth operation during ongoing construction.

  • An Understanding of Business Finance

This particular knowledge helps in the area of budgeting and cost-cutting. Since facilities project managers are taking care of these financial aspects, they would surely benefit from having an adequate understanding of business finance.

  • Knowledge of Applicable Laws

Facilities project managers are expected to be aware and familiar with federal and state government laws applicable for a building project. With this knowledge, they will be able to see to it that government guidelines are adhered to and that the crucial aspects of fire safety, waste management and other issues are enforced.

  • Good Communication Skills

Facility project managers should be good communicators – verbally and in written communication. As good communicators, they would be able to relate ideas and feedback effectively.

They would also be able to provide regular reports on ongoing activities, also collaborate with the team members and vendors alike to get the job done.

  • Knowledge of Crisis Management

One of the duties of a facilities project manager is to ensure a calm environment conducive to a smooth operation during a building project.

With this knowledge, a facilities project manager will be prepared to manage and oversee the different departments and personnel involved, also he will be better equipped to tackle and resolve issues, even in unsettling and unexpected situations.

 

Conclusion

To recap, a facilities project manager makes a building project less daunting and less overwhelming than it is.

Looking at what they do and the skills you’ll be able to benefit from, we can see that your decision of whether or not to hire a facilities project manager could affect the expected quality of your ongoing building projects.

So whether you are constructing a new structure or just renovating an existing one, you need extra pair of eyes to see to it that your project stays within budget, is completed to your specification and is delivered on the expected deadline.

Looking for a facilities project manager you can trust?

James Cubitt Facility Managers (JCFM) can be that extra pair of eyes you need.

Email:info@jamescubittfm.com

Phone: +234 904 000 6627, +234 904 000 6628

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