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Owner's Project Manager
Construction Manager

One of the most common questions we receive from prospective clients is “Do I need  an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) if there will be a Construction Manager (CM) assigned to the project?"

 The answer is 100% YES!

An OPM works on behalf of the Owner’s interest, serving a broader role, by overseeing the entire project-planning and execution process.

Over the course of a project, the OPM will be able to share a wide range of  experience and expertise gathered from years of previous projects. Many times, an OPM advises the owner not only on site selection, proper permitting, and identifying Owner costs outside of the CM budget, but also key design considerations of which many owners may not be aware.  All of this can save the owner considerable time and money on the overall project.  As the construction industry continues to become more detailed and technical, both with construction and technology upgrades, it is increasingly more difficult for an owner to know how a critical decision will affect a project in the long term.  


While a good Construction Manager will perform the work with the interest of the Owner in mind, having a knowledgeable advocate on the Owner’s team, can be invaluable. As OPM’s, our interest is in protecting the Owner and ensuring the Owner’s project Requirements are successfully met. 

Here are some key considerations on why OPM’s should be on each project:

  • An OPM is involved with the entire project including, site selection, design and contractor selection, permitting and move in.  This allows a project-wide perspective to prevent costly delays and set realistic expectations to the owner as the project progresses.

  • An OPM works on behalf of the Owner’s interest, acts as the Owner’s eyes and ears on the project,  and can advise the owner on all aspects of a project.  Bottom line, an OPM has no hidden agendas and protects the owner during all stages of the project.

  • A CM’s primary goal is to get a project built at all costs. CM’s track the construction schedule with input from the construction sub-contractors and the Owner’s Project Manager.  

  • CM’s manage personnel issues as well as proper job performance from each trade allowing OPM’s to focus on aspects of the project for which the owner may require additional attention.

  • An OPM’s primary goal is to protect the owner’s time, budget and overall project performance.  An OPM tracks the entire project schedule with special attention to owner related items.

An OPM works very closely with the client to gain a collective knowledge of the project.  More than knowing just the physical space needs of the client, an OPM has deeper knowledge from close collaboration with the client that brings an understanding of specific needs. It is this client relationship that yields a final result that is precisely what the client wants.

Paul Stafford is a new Project Manager at PCI Capital Project Consulting and wrote this article.


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May 18th, marked a huge milestone for the Chittenden County Transportation Authority. Many people gathered on the new Downtown Transit Center site to listen to Senator Patrick Leahy, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, and federal and local officials speak about CCTA being an important part of the growth and prosperity of Chittenden County. Public transportation allows people to become mobile when they cannot afford cars of their own.


The new Transit Center will be on St. Paul Street between Cherry Street and Pearl Street. Vanasse Hangen, Brustlin, Inc. provided lead engineering services. Truex Cullins is the lead architect. Peterson Consulting will be the Owner’s Representative and the Clerk of the Works. PC Construction was awarded the job in early May and construction will begin after Memorial Day.

This new estimated $7.7 million facility will replace the current transit stop on Cherry Street. It will offer a heated & air conditioned waiting space, restrooms, and a break room for CCTA drivers. With an anticipated completion of August 2016, this transit center will serve more than 1 million riders annually. This project could not have happened without the push from local, state, and federal officials such as Senator Leahy and Mayor Weinberger and many others. Congratulations to CCTA on this accomplishment!

For video of the groundbreaking ceremony and more information visit the Burlington Free Press Article.

For more information about the Downtown Transit Center visit CCTA’s website.

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#CCTA #DowntownTransitCenter

“Green Building” and “Sustainability” are terms that are getting thrown around a lot lately. But what do they actually mean and how can you “build green?” There are many green building standard systems that are guidelines for helping to guide the design and construction team to the highest environmental building standards. These systems should be engaged in the early design stages.

The purpose of these building standards are to change the way not only buildings are designed, but also communities. They recognize that we need ways of designing and constructing buildings that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Buildings and communities have potential to support all positive aspects of life. They can promote the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. The two major evaluation systems used in the US are LEED and Green Globes.


Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, LEED, is a point system that has four certification levels: Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-69 points), and Platinum (80+ points). LEED can be used for any type of building or community. Within the LEED system are five different rating systems: Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Interior Design and Construction (ID+C), Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M), Neighborhood Development (ND), and Homes. LEED looks at more than the building and construction. The 9 categories scored are: Integrative process, Location & transportation, Sustainable sites, Water efficiency, energy & Atmosphere, Materials & resources, Indoor environmental quality, Innovation, Regional priority.

For a project to become LEED certified it must first be registered with the U.S Green Building Council. The Green Building Certification Institute reviews LEED applications; after which the building’s performance is measured and verified.

Green Globes

Green Globes was developed by EDC Energy and Environment in Canada. Their program in the United States is called the Green Building Initiative and can be used for new or existing buildings. Green Globes is based on a 1,000-point scale with ratings varying from one globe to four: one globe (35%), two globes (55-69%), three globes (70-84%), four globes (85% or more). Green Globes is less time consuming and cheaper than LEED. The certification process is a self-assessment done online.

For more information on LEED visit:

For more information on Green Globes visit:

#LEED #sustainability #GreenBuildingStandards

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