Rentenbach is a professional “Construction Manager” in the purest sense. The term “Construction Manager” is used by many within the industry without properly understanding the fiduciary duties of a professional construction manager. Professional Construction Project Management consists of four primary elements:
Rentenbach takes pride in our project management principles which are rooted in our heritage as an engineering firm. Our Project Managers have undergraduate degrees in civil engineering, architecture, or construction management from some of the best programs in the eastern United States. Many have advanced degrees, and all have industry leading certifications and accreditations. At Rentenbach, they’ve further learned to think analytically, which often allows them to spot potential project pitfalls long before they ever occur. Our field staff is equally trained in this type of thinking, planning, and foresight. Above all, we strive to forge lasting relationships built on trust with our clients, contractors, and design teams.
Perhaps the most critical function we provide to our clients is assistance in creating an achievable project budget and maintaining costs as the project proceeds through design and construction. Our budgets/estimates are based upon comprehensive quantity surveys (often within a 3-dimensional computer model), extensive discussion with owner and architect and further based upon current market data and subcontractor pricing. Maintenance of those budgets is accomplished with cost reporting and forecasting software that tracks and projects potential savings as well as possible over-runs, allowing management time to prepare and adjust accordingly.
Rentenbach Project Managers and Assistant Project Managers manage procurement within Meridian Systems “Prolog” software, allowing a seamless interface with our scheduling system. The occurrence of material procurement delays become nearly non-existent when critical submittal dates and material deliveries are digitally “tied” to powerful “Primavera” project schedules. Rentenbach superintendents are trained in the process of breaking down complex Critical Path bar schedules into short term “look-ahead” schedules. Jobs are typically built on time by meeting hundreds of smaller look-ahead components within the larger schedule.
Project plans and specifications must be the guiding light of any effective Quality Assurance system. Our Superintendents and Quality Control Managers continually review work-in-place against the plans and specifications and maintain ongoing logs of instances where those two are in disagreement. Each item, the subcontractor responsible for its completion, and the due date for completion are tracked within our “Prolog” software until rectified to the satisfaction of our Quality Control personnel. These running punch lists ensure that deficiencies are corrected as a project progresses.