Ottawa, Ontario

Frequently Asked Questions

Construction managers plan and direct construction projects. They may have job titles such as constructor, construction superintendent, general superintendent, project engineer, project manager, general construction manager, or executive construction manager. Construction managers usually represent the owner or developer with other participants throughout the project. Although they usually play no direct role in the actual construction of a structure, they typically schedule and coordinate all design and construction processes, including the selection, hiring, and oversight of specialty trade contractors. Through education and past work experience, this broad group of managers manages, coordinates, and supervises the construction process from the conceptual development stage through final construction on a timely and economical basis. Given designs for buildings, roads, bridges, or other projects, constructors oversee the organization, scheduling, and implementation of the project to execute those designs. They are responsible for coordinating and managing people, materials, and equipment; budgets, schedules, and contracts; and safety of employees and the general public.
A project can be on the drawing board for several years with intimate involvement from the architect, engineers, and owners. The contractor, however, is often left to interpret and implement the intent in rapid fashion. Review by a construction manager ensures that items are properly spelled out, which helps to avoid change orders and schedule delays that add cost to a project.
Recognizing that true construction management can improve the success of your project, it is important to hire a firm whose core competency is construction management. Contrary to popular belief, the first firm hired for a project should be the construction manager, not the architect or contractor. A construction management firm is most effective when it is not only afforded the opportunity to manage the construction, but is also a part of the design, bringing value to a project even before the contractor is onsite.
For Integrity, Commitment and Innovation. Customers and partners will see us as integral to their success. We will anticipate their needs and deliver on every commitment we make. We create innovative opportunities to achieve the extraordinary. We are guided by firmly held values:
  • Ethics: Uncompromising integrity, honesty, and fairness are at the heart of our company.
  • Excellence: We set high standards. We apply advanced technology, and we continually innovate and improve. We thrive on challenge and accomplishment.
  • Fair Return: We earn a return that fairly rewards the value we deliver.
  • Mutual Respect: We work by our Leadership Covenants, which encourage openness, teamwork, and trust. We value an inclusive culture based on diverse backgrounds, experience, and views.
  • Safety: Zero accidents is our unwavering goal—people’s lives depend on it.
  • Sustainability: We plan and act for the future—for the long-term good of our company, our customers, and our world.
  • Audits and cost-to-complete estimates
  • Budget management
  • Change control and management
  • Critical Path Method schedule development and monitoring
  • Constructability reviews
  • Contract administration
  • Contract bidding, negotiation, and award
  • Contract document development
  • Cost and resource scheduling
  • Design and construction schedules
  • Final billings and contract close-outs
  • Final project walk-through
  • Master plan implementation
  • Onsite management and coordination
  • Operation and maintenance manuals
  • Owner training and orientation
  • Project completion and close-out
  • Quality control and inspection
  • Safety monitoring
  • Value engineering
Without question, we are pleased to be recognized as one of the leaders in our field and are looking forward to engaging collaborative work. GCM has the capability to deliver projects for our clients anywhere in the world through our management discipline, our innovative approach to technology and our culture of collaboration. We also can provide services in French, Spanish and Arabic. Our business relations can be found in many of the capitals of the world, we are just a phone call away from responding to your opportunities.
The vast majority of today's constructors are college educated. The most effective education for constructors, at all levels of managerial responsibility, is a meaningful synthesis of general education, math and science, construction design, construction techniques, and business management at the undergraduate level. Good employment opportunities are expected and employers prefer individuals who combine construction industry work experience with a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, or civil engineering. While the construction industry will always require many persons educated solely as architects, engineers, or in pure managerial skills, those planning a career in construction should strive for a baccalaureate degree in construction management.
GCM welcomes applications from Post-Secondary Students about to graduate or applying within a recognized internship program.