At the time construction begins, you the owner will have a clear mental and visual image of what the design should look and function like once built–should being the key word here. While this vision will be clear for you and will be even more precise for us, the construction manager you hire will be considerably less familiar with the design. Without an understanding of how the design process unfolded, or the various decision making processes that will inevitably have occurred, they will have a natural tendency to want to change the design. Their recommendations will usually come with good intent, but will likely have a long succession of implied unintended but adverse affects on other aspects of the design.
In this context, it becomes critical that we remain involved with the project, in the role of observing construction progress and helping ensure the project is built as designed. For some projects this will entail full construction administration, with a considerable amount of formal paperwork for everything from review of construction payment applications to review of shop drawings to periodic site visits. For others, the scope of construction administration may be less, but the goal remains to remain involved to a level sufficient to ensure that the design you have invested considerable time and money into gets built as intended. It has been our personal experience that even with us integrally involved in the construction process it requires our focus, dedication, and attention to detail throughout construction in order for the built result to be as designed.