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Construction Management

Description of Services

  1. Review bids with the Owner, AlE, and bidders. Prepare bid comparison sheets using the information contained in the bids and the final estimates from the approved Project Budget. Analyze the contractor’s scope of work, conduct meetings with each trade contractor to determine scope compliance and knowledge of the job, and obtain the trade contractor’s commitment to completing the project on time. Identify the final recommended bidder for the owner’s approval.
  2. Contract Administration:
    a. Conduct and document, all preconstruction meetings.
    b. Conduct and document job progress meetings with the Architect and Owner.
    c. Review submittals and shop drawings. Establish a submittal and shop drawing approval turn around schedule with AlE.
    d. Review and approve progress and final payments. Control all complaints and reports initiated by the trade contractors related to work as required.
    e. Review and approve, in concert with the NE, all field changes. Negotiate, manage, recommend and process all change orders.
    f. Review and approve the punch list.
    g. Conduct and Document weekly construction job meetings and safety meetings once project site work has starred.
    h. Establish an on-site presence and conduct continuous, consistent and ongoing site observations.
    i. Control and log document transmission between NE, Owner and the contractors.
    j.  Coordinate, control and log all COR’s, CO’s, bulletins, issues, clarifications, sketches, etc.
    k. Submit reports which show cost reporting contract status, progress photos, updated construction schedule, progress report, major issues and pending decisions, scope changes, proposed change orders and change orders, etc.
  3. Establish and organize the lines of authority in order to carry out the overall plans of the Construction Team (Architect/Engineer, Construction Manager, Owner Representative, and all Contractors). Provide management, administrative and related services to properly supervise, monitor and coordinate the work of all contractors.
  4. Maintain a competent superintendent to coordinate and provide general direction of the work and monitor progress of the contractors on the project.
  5. Observe the work as it is being performed, until final completion and acceptance by the NE and the Owner, to assure that the materials furnished and work performed are in accordance with working drawings and specifications. Note all deficiencies, and advise contractors as to remedial action. Ensure that all applicable conditions of the contract are met.
  6. Establish procedures for coordination among Owner, Architect/Engineer, Contractors and Construction Manager with respect to all aspects of the project and implement such procedures. Supervise and review the preparation of coordination drawing showing the work of all relevant trades. Maintain job site records and make appropriate progress reports. Develop and distribute updated, fully coordinated, Progress Construction Schedule at least monthly. Implement strict procedures for contracting change orders.
  7. In cooperation with the Architect/Engineer, establish and implement procedures to be followed for expediting the processing of all shop drawings, samples, catalogs, and other Project documents.
  8. Implement an effective labor policy in conformance with local, state, and national labor laws. Review the safety programs with each contractor and make appropriate recommendations. Ensure contractor compliance with OSHA Hazardous Communication Program. Develop and monitor a project specific job site Safety Plan. Take necessary action to correct safety deficiencies. Also be responsible to ensure that the contractors perform all construction site activities safely. Conduct and document safety meetings with the contractors.
  9. Coordinate testing and inspection of all construction and construction materials to ensure conformance with the plans and specifications. Maintain the results of all tests and inspections conducted as project record documents.
  10. Be responsible for the start up, training, transition and operation of mechanical and electronic systems of the facilities. Coordinate the Project Closeout and Start-up. Review and approve all project closeout documentation. Work closely with all project personnel including but not limited to maintenance personnel relative to project start-up to impart a, working knowledge and understanding of the new work.


Join the design team in the Design Development stage of the Architectural I Engineering Design Firm’s work. Review all existing documentation and become completely informed of all aspects of the work.

  • Participate in the preparation of the proposed construction budget and schedule to complete the project using the latest design plans and specifications. The budget will be a detailed outline of all phases of construction. The project will be continuously monitored and a new detailed estimate will be prepared at the construction development phase.
  • Review and advise on all disciplines of the design -as prepared by the NE firm and provide ongoing advice and consultation regarding the efficiency, economy, and quality. Specifically analyze systems and materials to be used. Identify availability of materials including long-lead time items. Identify supporting criteria, which includes consideration of site and environmental constraints, and other building usage, etc.
  • Provide cost management and Value Engineering Services appropriate to the current leve1 of design through cooperative review of the AlE design as it progresses. Preparation of alternate approaches will be proposed to reduce costs or improve schedules. Develop construction procurement strategies and provide alternate schemes andlor unit prices where applicable to increase the clients flexibility with bidding opportunities.
  • Develop a “Procedures Manual” including a team directory, communications procedures, approval procedures, schedule process and format, estimating process format, cost control, document control, etc. Review, advise and make recommendations on all the following construction documents milestones up to an including complete Architectural/Engineering Design,
    • Design development drawings and specifications.
      • Construction Documents drawings and specifications.
      • Bid Documents.
      • Construction Documents.
      • Provide any supplementary andlor site-specific Special General Conditions, the

Form of Proposal, and the construction period duration. These supplementary general conditions will be specific to each trade involved and will deal with all aspects of the work.

  • Perform Constructability Reviews. The reviews will ascertain the best means of logistical planning, creating sequencing and planning the schedule for the entire project.
  • Review the design with an eye toward construction efficiencies and viability. Both project and site-specific issues will be addressed during the constructability review,
  • Analyze the construction market factors that could impact the construction of the project. Such areas as manpower availability, optimum breakdown of the project work scope into trades, local labor conditions, management and financial capabilities as well as quality and workload of potential bidders will be reviewed.
  • Confirm continuing compliance with the project by verifying an schedule, constructability and value engineering considerations. This may require testing the market through discussions with specific contractors if required. Ultimately, bid packages will be developed from the project budget. Alternates in the bid packages may be recommended to the design team to give the owner an additional layer of pricing protection.
  • Recommend to the design team changes to the plans and specifications to  eliminate conflicts, simplify details and improve clarity ofthe documents. Field any and all questions from the bidders. All questions shall be in writing and directed to the Team.  Conduct all pre-bid walk through, of the site. Document and distribute minutes of all walk  through, and any bid document aggenda as required. Maintain a log of all contract  document addenda and ensure the receipt of this documentation by all bidders.

Value Engineering

Value engineering is a disciplined method of identifying areas for potential cost
optimization, considering alternatives, analyzing them, and assisting in the selection of
the preferred options. Value engineering works at its’ best when used at early design
stages and allows the following:

  • All reasonable options and alternatives can be fairly evaluated and balanced against the client’s value objectives.
  • Urgent decisions are addressed up front
  • The budget and cost estimates are carefully examined and confirmed.
  • Long-term life cycle cost issues and other operating considerations are addressed.
  • Information phase. All available information about the project is assembled and
    reviewed, including designs, cost estimates, operating, maintenance, energy cost
    forecasts, building program, schedule, proposed delivery strategy, etc.
  • Function analysis phase. The intended functions of the proposed facility are
    carefully analyzed and the cost of each function assigned and reviewed. Value
    criteria are defined.
  • Creative phase. Ideas for alternatives that might improve value and/or save cost
    are identified through brainstorming or similar technique. There are no judgments
    at this stage, just ideas.
  • Evaluation phase. The ideas are evaluated against the value criteria and those
    that have value engineering merit are carried forward.
  • Development phase. The surviving ideas are further developed to test their
    feasibility. Some preliminary design analysis is done, and estimates for both
    initial capital cost and long-term life cycle costs are prepared.

Approached in this way, value engineering can offer architects an opportunity to
demonstrate that they produce value and to prove to owners that the best value,
defined in the owner’s terms and with the owner’s participation, will be delivered.


We also provide our clients with skilled staff whose services are characterized by their openness with the client at all times.
Our work is built upon hard work and dedication with a focus in the following areas:


M.J. Fitzgerald & Son Contracting, LLC is a family owned and operated company.  We specialize in retail, institutional, and corporate construction.  We also provide our clients with a skilled project management team whose services are characterized by their openness with the client at all times.

Unlike other construction companies, when we are awarded a contract, we do not turn it over to a project manager.  We become directly involved in the day-to-day running of our projects.  We are available to our clients at all times.  Our direct involvement with our clients has been a major factor in our company’s success over the years.

Our office staff consists of one professional engineer, two estimators, four administrative assistants and accounting personnel.  Our field staff has three superintendents and three labor foremen.  The majority of our work over the last twelve years has been performed for the Archdiocese of New York.  This entailed the building and renovating of Churches, schools and convents.

Outside of The Archdiocese, other companies that we have performed work for include; The United States Postal Services, The General Services Administration, The New York Times, United Parcel Service, New York University, Montifiore Hospital, Irish Airlines, Trans World Atlantic Airlines and Icelandic Airlines.