Practical considerations when hiring an owner’s representative

By AIA Contract Documents

April 30, 2024

An owner’s representative can provide a range of valuable assets and services to an owner on their construction project. Below are some of the practical considerations that you should know about when hiring an owner’s representative.

Project Management Expertise: Owner’s representatives typically have extensive experience and expertise in project management, including planning, scheduling, budgeting, and resource management. They can apply best practices and industry standards to ensure the successful execution of the construction project.

Risk Management: Owner’s representatives can help identify, assess, and mitigate risks associated with the construction project. They develop risk management strategies to minimize the likelihood of delays, cost overruns, and other potential issues.

Contract Management: Owner’s representatives are skilled in contract negotiation, administration, and compliance. They can review and assist owners in negotiating contracts with contractors, vendors, and consultants, ensuring that terms and conditions are favorable and in line with project objectives.

Communication and Coordination: Owner’s representatives facilitate communication, ensuring that the owner’s decisions and information are conveyed to the project stakeholders, design team, contractors, suppliers, and regulatory authorities.

Schedule Management: Owner’s representatives assist with the development of project schedules, monitoring progress against milestones and deadlines. They identify critical path activities, anticipate potential delays, and can suggest strategies to keep the project on track.

Cost Control and Financial Management: Owner’s representatives assist with the development of project budgets and expenditures, tracking costs and providing regular financial reports to the owner. They can also identify cost-saving opportunities to ensure that the project remains within budgetary constraints.

Documentation and Reporting: Owner’s representatives maintain accurate project documentation, including contracts, drawings, specifications, meeting minutes, and correspondence. They prepare regular progress reports and updates for the owner, documenting key milestones, issues, and decisions.

Overall, an owner’s representative can serve as a trusted advisor and advocate for the owner throughout the construction project, providing valuable assets and expertise to ensure its successful completion.

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AIA Contract Documents has provided this article for general informational purposes only. The information provided is not legal opinion or legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship of any kind. This article is also not intended to provide guidance as to how project parties should interpret their specific contracts or resolve contract disputes, as those decisions will need to be made in consultation with legal counsel, insurance counsel, and other professionals, and based upon a multitude of factors.