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Owner’s Representative vs. Project Managers — What’s the Difference

Construction projects have many moving parts and involve many people. The ultimate goal with any project is keeping it on time and within budget. Two roles in particular can make this happen — an owner’s representative and a project manager.

On the basic level, an owner’s representative serves as an extension of the owner and a connector between the owner and project manager, while project managers do as their titles suggest — manage each stage of the project.

To understand the full scope of a construction project, it’s important to understand who does what and how the roles of owner’s representative and project manager impact the project.

What Is an Owner’s Representative?

An owner’s representative is hired by a project owner to represent him or her throughout the entire process of a development, including site selection, design, entitlements, permitting, and construction. The owner’s representative serves as a liaison and ensures that the owner’s best interests are carried out.

Owner’s representatives are tasked with monitoring — not managing, which is the project manager’s job — various tasks associated with the development. Some of these tasks include ensuring that the project scope is carried out on time and according to budget. The rep helps with bidding processes, project mitigation, relocations, and more.

Project owners may lack the time and experience to perform these tasks themselves so they hire representatives, who are knowledgeable about the process, to help. Representatives stay in constant contact with owners and report on project issues and progress. Duran Construction, Inc. has partnerships with many General contractors in the Atlanta area and surrounding states to tackle any type of project from land development to residential building. Let Duran Construction, Inc. consultant help you make your vision a reality.