A Complete Guide to Construction Project Management

An Overview of the Construction Project Management Process


Whether you’re new to construction project management or simply need a refresh of the process, this article will walk you through the basics of what you need to know. By the end, we hope you’ll understand a lot more about project management in the construction industry.


What is Construction Project Management?

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), project management is “the art of directing and coordinating human and material resources throughout the life of a project by using modern management techniques to achieve predetermined objectives of scope, cost, time, quality, and participating objectives.” Basically, construction project management handles the planning, coordination, and execution of a construction project.


The Role of Project Manager

Construction project managers have the responsibility of keeping the project moving according to the plan. The goal is to finish the project on time and within budget, while still meeting building codes, plans, and specs. The most common responsibilities of a construction manager fall into these categories:

  • Project management planning
  • Cost management
  • Time management
  • Quality management
  • Contract management
  • Safety management
  • Construction management professional practices (e.g. manage the team)


Project Management Process

Once the bidding process is complete, the construction phase can start. Although the states of a construction project are different than that of traditional project management, they do tend to follow a similar pattern.


  1. Initiation. A project manager must develop and evaluate the business case to determine if the project is feasible and worth undertaking.


  1. Planning. The project manager develops a road map for all involved.
    • Scope statement and scope documentation
    • Work breakdown structure
    • Communication plan
    • Risk management plan
  1. Execution. The work begins.


  1. Performance and Monitoring. This phase is necessary to measure progress and performance and to ensure that items are in line with the overall project management plan.


  1. Closure. The final phase marks the project’s completion. The project manager will discuss what parts of the project did and didn’t meet the objectives.


We hope that this helped you to better understand the construction industry. When you’re in the industry, it’s important to stay relevant and protected. For the easy and convenient insurance services that you need, contact the experts at Artisan Insurance Solutions. We are ready to get you the coverage that you need today.


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