Join Jim Rogers for an in-depth discussion in this video A day in the life, part of Construction Management Foundations.
- We've talked about some of the different roles that can be played by a person with the title of Construction Manager. So, now let's hear from a few people who actually have this title, and learn a little bit more about what they do each day. - My name is Nate Gorrocino. I'm a Project Manager for Sunland Asphalt. We are a heavy civil contractor in the state of Arizona. We work primarily in asphalt related projects, such as roads and streets.
- My name's Lew Laws. I'm a graduate from Arizona State University, a long, long time ago, 25 years ago. Actually graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Never thought I would ever be in construction. I graduated during a recession, though, and could not find the job that I wanted, so just kind of fell in my lap by one of the ladies that I worked with at American Express in Customer Service, her father just happened to work for Johnson Controls. And she said, "Oh, you're an engineer. "They're looking for engineers." 'Cause everybody uses the word engineer, ya know? So I went in and talked to him, and they liked me, and so I worked doing billing controls for about a year and a half.
Worked for a mechanical contractor as a sub. They liked me so they offered me a job with them, so I went and worked for a mechanical for about five years. Then decided that I wanted to be the guy and get into actual general contracting. And so I started that about 20 years ago, and worked for a small GC, and then about 16 years ago, I actually left there and went to work for DPR Construction, which is a very large, national general contractor, and worked as a construction manager for them, building very large projects.
- As a Project Manager, I deal with the entire life cycle of a project. Once that project is awarded, I deal with the setup in terms of signing up the subcontracts for that project, establishing a cost coding system, in order to track the project, and getting any permits that are necessary to begin the project. I also deal with scheduling crews, scheduling equipment.
My responsibilities also include project forecasting, change orders. I deal with internal updates, approving invoices, and managing subcontractors. Time management is pretty critical as a Project Manager.
I do my best to spend 50% of the time in the office and 50% of the time at the jobsite. But of course, there are days where I don't make it into the office, and there's other days where I don't make it out onto the jobsite. I just do my best to try to be involved in all aspects of the project, in a sense of the business side of things and having to report the costs, as well as the field side of things in terms of making sure we deliver a quality product.
- So I had a lot of different roles in a way, although it was always as a Project Manager. So it was neat when you're in your 20s and you're managing projects that when you're in your 40s or now 50, it's not quite as glamorous as it was when you were younger. Done all kinds of projects, specializing in data centers, when that was really hot back in the late '90s, early 2000s. Did a lot of hospital work after that. Really found my passion though when I actually redid some hundred-year-old buildings here in Phoenix, the Phoenix Union High School buildings for the U of A.
We turned them into their Phoenix branch of the medical school, back in 2003. And I realized what I really loved to build was architecture. Really about the only thing that DPR Construction does is it's really focused on architecture is higher education. And so, I was lucky enough to really be able to parlay that U of A work into doing all kinds of great projects for Arizona State University here in Phoenix. So I built, really what became the entire campus for the Polytechnic arm of ASU, where we took over an old Air Force base and turned it into a university.
At that time it was really just old barracks and some things like that, and we really put the first 11 buildings on there that became the crux or the heart of the Polytechnic Campus. Went on from that, built the new business school for ASU, the W. P. Carey School of Business, which is just a gorgeous architectural building. And then from there, I went and built the new law school for ASU in downtown Phoenix. And that one's probably the peak of the architecture that I've been associated with.
That one's just an amazing architecture building. - You can start to see that whether we're talking about horizontal or vertical construction, large companies or small, the common theme in the roles played by the construction manager, is that there really is a need for a combination of knowledge and skills that includes both management and building science. As we continue, we'll take a look at how the industry is organized, so you can get a better understanding of the different types of skills and knowledge that might apply, depending on the type of company and the work they perform.
Whether you're a construction industry veteran looking to switch roles or a brand new construction manager trying to get your bearings, this course provides you with meaningful insights into this vital, evolving industry and your role in it. Instructor Jim Rogers explains how integrated project delivery methods work, how technology is shaking up old processes, and how lean productivity methods are being used at construction sites. Throughout the course, you'll get industry knowledge from Jim, as well as other experienced construction professionals.
- Modern construction industry overview
- The construction team
- Reviewing the many roles of the construction manager
- A day in the life of a construction manager
- Understanding how the industry is organized
- Working with alternative project delivery methods
- Understanding the role of technology in construction