The Architects Role During Construction vs. The Owner's Representative

The Architects Role During Construction vs. The Owner's Representative

Embarking on a construction project can be both thrilling and challenging, especially for inexperienced owners. To ensure a smooth and successful project, it is crucial to understand the different roles involved in the construction process. This blog post will focus on two key roles during the construction administration phase: the architect and the owner's representative.

The Architect's Role in Construction Administration:

Architects play a crucial role throughout the construction process, from design development to project completion. During construction administration, their primary responsibility is to ensure that the project is built in accordance with the approved plans and specifications.

1. On-site Inspections and Quality Control:

Architects regularly visit the construction site to inspect the progress, ensuring compliance with design intent, code requirements, and quality standards. They monitor construction activities, review shop drawings, and verify the suitability of materials and workmanship.

2. Liaison Between Contractor and Consultants:

Architects act as the key liaison between the contractor and the engineers and other consultants involved in developing the project's plans and specifications. They facilitate effective communication and coordination among all parties, ensuring that the construction aligns with the design intent and technical requirements.

3. Change Order Management:

Architects evaluate and assess change orders proposed by the contractor or owner. They review the impact of proposed changes on the design, hard costs (cost of construction), and schedule, providing recommendations for approval or negotiation.

The Owner's Representative Role in Construction Administration:

An owner's representative (OR) serves as the owner's trusted advocate throughout the construction process. They are responsible for managing the owner's interests, making decisions on their behalf, and ensuring project objectives are met.

1. Project Oversight and Decision Making:

The OR acts as the owner's trusted delegate, managing day-to-day project operations. They review and approve progress reports, change orders, and payment requests. The OR's decisions align with the owner's vision, budget for the cost of construction (hard costs) as well as soft costs (design, legal, furniture, etc.), and timeline, helping the project stay on track.

2. Contract Administration:

The OR handles the contractual aspects of the project, including negotiations, reviewing agreements, and managing contractor relationships. They may also monitor compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

3. Reporting and Communication:

The OR receives regular updates from the architect and other project team members. They relay this information to the owner, providing transparent and accurate reports on the project's progress, potential issues, and recommended actions.

Collaboration between the Architect and the Owner's Representative:

Although the architect and OR have distinct roles, they work closely together to achieve a successful construction project. The architect reports to the OR just as they would to the owner directly, providing them with detailed information regarding site inspections, coordination with contractors and consultants, and change orders. This collaboration fosters effective decision-making, enhances communication, and promotes project efficiency.

Dubrow Group is a leading owner's representative firm specializing in high-end residential construction projects. With a proven track record of successful project completions, we have the expertise and experience necessary to proactively work with the entire project team. We have a diverse set of skills, allowing us to effectively manage budgets, negotiate contracts, oversee quality control, and coordinate with architects, engineers, and other consultants. By partnering with Dubrow Group, you can trust that your construction project will be expertly managed, ensuring exceptional results that exceed your expectations.

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