Your organization is running lean and mean, with marketing and sales hitting their stride, manufacturing ramping up smoothly to meet increased orders, and HR just about to bring in a few new hires.
Now is a good time to let everyone know it’s time to expand your operations – whether adding to your facility’s square footage, upgrading mechanical systems, or building a whole new plant.
While expansion is exciting, you first have to determine who is going to carry the ball over the goal line. Everyone on your team will be involved, but who will focus the time and effort and make it a reality? Do you re-assign a key team member, pass it to an energetic newbie, or add it as an extra duty to an existing employee?
Busy organizations can’t afford to dilute focus. And, if your company is hitting on all cylinders, how much can you realistically push your team’s bandwidth? While team members will dedicate many hours to the expansion, they also have to remain focused on their main roles.
That’s where an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) can fill the need.
The OPM works as an extension of your team to define requirements and provide project consulting, advice and oversight on project scope and design, as well as integrating the expansion into operations. The OPM works with your key team members to move the project from concept to operation.
A vast array of tasks, decisions, and deadlines go into a typical industrial project. Before beginning the build stage, budgets, schedules, contracts, and specifications must be developed. Bidding, contracting, procurement, construction, testing, and training bring the project to reality.
The OPM oversees all of these steps and manages deadlines and processes along the way – enabling your key people to stay focused on their jobs and projects. Contract performance and costs are monitored working in tandem with your team, ensuring the project stays within budget.
While communications flow both ways with owners and contractors, time pressures can often mean a backlog of requests going unanswered, which results in costly delays. The OPM helps keep communications moving and manages the time demand on your organization.
Working on the owner’s behalf with your employees, designers, and builders, the OPM’s goal is to build the right solution the first time – while saving you time and money.
If you’ve been thinking of expanding, or adding / replacing a major mechanical system within your facility, and want to know how Abby Industrial can oversee this process for you, contact us. We’re happy to talk to you to see if we can make your vision a reality.
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