Owner’s Representative Construction ServicesProject Oversight
Construction in any location is a challenge, particularly in an unfamiliar country. There are constant concerns about price, schedule, and quality, which must be consistently monitored to ensure that a facility is completed on time, within budget, and that it meets quality expectations. MI provides construction project oversight through Owner’s Representative Services to ensure the facility the client builds in the U.S. conforms to U.S. standards while meeting the client’s specific requirements.
Foreign investors benefit from an advocate who monitors and controls the project on their behalf. This must be done consistently to ensure that the contractor understands the investor’s expectations and requirements, and performs accordingly. An advocate can ensure the replacement of non-conforming materials identified by testing services, confirm that finishes meet the investor’s expectations, and monitor that adequate resources are deployed to ensure the timely completion of the project.
The Owner’s Representative will provide construction project oversight through the coordination of production equipment manufacturers, racking system providers, material testing, and architectural finish selections, and assist in start-up and commissioning of equipment. In addition, the advocate will monitor payments, builder’s risk insurance, and review potential change orders. If these are not done in a timely and knowledgeable manner, poor quality, construction delays, and overpayments may occur.
Technical Cultural Link
Communication is key on large projects. The Owner’s Representative will provide the ability to translate, from a language and cultural standpoint, the desires and requirements of the foreign investor to the U.S.-based contractors. An advocate will also communicate technical constraints back to the investor. Expediting understanding and finding efficient solutions is in the best interest of the project and the investor’s future business in the U.S.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the design-build process can be a challenge because there are more moving parts than in a normal design-bid-build project. This requires constant attention to ensure proper execution of the project, and that is something an Owner’s Representative can provide.
MI can provide basic cost estimates through its extensive knowledge of construction to help budgeting and evaluating whether to purchase an existing structure or build.
MI’s manager who would act as the Owner’s Representative is a licensed General Contractor in both North Carolina and South Carolina. He has worked extensively as a consultant and project manager in the construction industry in the southeast, and has managed and completed the execution of multiple, complex greenfield and renovation infrastructure projects valued at over $35M. He knows what questions to ask, and how to navigate issues if and when they arise.
At times, we perform schedule and progress audits and will review progress payments. We do not typically have a full-time presence on site.
Contract structure and risk transfer are very important in the U.S. MI will help review and will work with your council to develop contracts that best protect your interests. Additionally, insurance and lien rights differ in the U.S. and from state to state. MI has experience managing these requirements and processes and can help reduce risk.
MI’s Owner’s Representative acts as an advocate on your behalf. We communicate directly with the contractors and negotiate terms. While not every unexpected cost is unavoidable, we have the knowledge to determine what is necessary, and what is unreasonable. We can then communicate everything to you so that you can make an informed decision.
Where necessary, MI can step in and take more control over the project by closely monitoring the process. We can try to expedite where possible, and hire different contractors when necessary. While some things like the timing of work permits are out of our control, we take the reins elsewhere to make sure the project stays as close to schedule as possible.
At the beginning of the project, you and the Owner’s Representative will decide on the best means of communication: frequency, channel, etc. If an urgent matter arises, MI will alert you as soon as possible.