Program management is our passion. We manage the entire program and construction process – from pre-design through project delivery and closeout. Our services make projects more efficient, controlling costs, schedules, and work scope without compromising quality. Our capabilities combine our expertise and experience in planning, engineering, and management and include:
Program & Project Management
Multifaceted construction programs have complex challenges that require successful team integration. Building the right team to manage your project is crucial to your success. Our consultants have the proven ability and expertise to manage the most complex projects. We identify issues and resolve conflicts before they become problems using established procedures and processes that consistently yield excellent results. We focus on the big picture, establishing priorities and coordinating activities and participants to ensure that your projects are delivered safely, on time, and within budget.
PMA professionals formally study many aspects of program and project management, and we’ve contributed significantly to its advancement. Within our ranks are authors, licensed professional engineers, Project Management Professionals, and many with advanced academic credentials. Our expertise in representing owners through all phases of the planning, design, and construction process has culminated in the successful completion of more than $90 billion in projects.
As your representative, our approach includes minimizing design and construction costs, project delivery time, and facility life cycle costs while maximizing project flexibility and value through strong communication and process development. Our talented staff can augment your existing staff or team to work on your behalf when no staff is available. We collaborate with you to tackle the day-to-day responsibilities, while minding the bigger picture.
Cost & Schedule Management
PMA is unparalleled in providing cost, planning, and scheduling management services on projects in multiple industries. We provide owners with constant feedback andinformation to ensure successful project execution. To accomplish this, we develop and maintain custom reports that graphically depict project cost and schedule status in a timely manner. This leads to enhanced cost and schedule management and increases the likelihood of achieving (or beating) your cost and schedule goals.
Effective program management requires developing and maintaining detailed program schedules for all program phases. In fact, schedule management starts well before construction begins, ideally in the planning phase where each task associated with design, bidding, construction, and commissioning is scheduled to avoid construction delays. Our schedule management services include developing master, objective, design phase, construction, and commissioning/close-out schedules; reviewing contractor schedules; setting time and liquidated damages; and providing value scheduling. Using a critical path method (CPM), we prepare and update master schedules that portray summary level activities for each phase of large, complex construction projects.
Our cost management processes actively control cost at all project stages, giving project participants a clear financial picture at any time and allowing team members to make timely, informed decisions. In addition, integrating cost and schedule data from each project identifies potential interferences with, impacts to, or competition for limited resources, often before program/project milestones are impacted.
Project Delivery Consulting
Choosing the correct project delivery method is an important step toward ensuring successful results. While there are advantages and disadvantages to each method—depending on schedule and budgets restraints and project complexity—PMA ensures that each method is carefully considered when developing an overall implementation strategy. We have extensive experience working with a wide range of project delivery methods, including CM at-risk with GMP, CM for-fee, design-build, lump sum design-bid-build, cost reimbursable, and others.
Model Contract Documents
PMA has developed a wide variety of proprietary or customized form contracts, including contracts for design professional services, design-build, fixed-price construction, job order (IDIQ) contracting, construction management, and program management-at-risk. We upgrade or enhance your existing specifications to reflect best industry practices. Our staff also has extensive knowledge of model contract documents provided by organizations such as the American Institute of Architects, Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.
PMA has developed our own series of model specifications called FORMSPEC®. These documents are carefully designed from an owner’s perspective to close potential loopholes found in other model documents. FORMSPEC® can also be used to modify existing contract documents by providing supplementary contract provisions or wholesale revisions.
Project Reviews & Audits
PMA performs the following audits:
- Contract documents quality and completeness
- Design/construction change orders and claims reasonableness
- Project cost and analysis
- Cost and schedule impact resolution
- Change order and claims procedural compliance
- Public procurement policies compliance
- Design/construction contract compliance
- IPMIS utilization and performance
- Design/construction organizational performance