Role of a project manager
Find out about the overarching role of a project manager on a school property project.
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All school property projects, no matter how small, must have a project manager.
If the project requires building consent, it must have a professional project manager.
As a project manager on a school property project, you must understand all the legal and Ministry requirements for school property projects.
Project manager duties include:
- health and safety of the construction site
- risk and issues management
- financial control
- record-keeping – which includes providing the board of trustees with all warranties, guarantees and compliance certificates at the end of the project
- communication and information sharing – which includes distributing meeting minutes and monthly progress reports on all aspects of the project, attending meetings and responding to queries
- problem solving and dispute management.
Project manager functions include:
- helping the board of trustees develop its project brief
- maintaining the project file
- working with the school representative
- helping the board appoint the project control group, chairing the group and joining consultants and contractors to the group as they come onto the project
- making sure the board applies for police vetting for people coming on to the site during the project
- liaising with the board to get approval and sign-off at various stages of the project, such as the designs, and progress payments
- working with the board to manage conflicts of interest
- completing the Ministry’s project management forms.
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