Published: Fall 2023
School districts that choose to invest in buildings and facilities provide students and staff with greater safety, security, and accessibility, while optimizing the learning environment. A collaborative and transparent approach to managing construction projects is critical to achieving success. That’s why many Illinois districts have transitioned away from simply finding contractors who can complete a job to developing true partnerships and have begun hiring a construction manager (CM) for their capital programs.
The construction management delivery method creates a partnership between the contractor, the architect, and the district from day one of a project, which can streamline the transition from design to construction. An experienced CM’s input on design, constructability, cost estimates, and scheduling helps save time and ensures that the district gets the best value for their construction budget.
Taking full advantage of this delivery method requires school districts to choose the right CM. For nearly 30 years, F.H. Paschen has completed over 1,200 education projects worth over $2 billion in Illinois and across the country. Along the way, we’ve identified five key characteristics that define a strong partnership between a school district and CM: