Perfect timed and angled photo from our jobsite in Lodi, California last year during a progress site visit!
One of the retail construction management services we offer includes the bid walk.  Sometimes the importance of this onsite walk can be overlooked in an effort to save time by merely sending out a set of plans and hoping the bidders caught everything.  Often times during jobsite meetings we conduct, site specific conditions are revealed that were not on the plans that would have dramatically impacted the overall schedule, budget and owner expectations.

Another benefit of using this system is that the contractors have already been put on an approved vendor list, essentially creating a small group of on-site experts when this walk occurs.  Potential project obstacles that might not have been seen by the owner, architect or project manager have a much better chance of being accounted for in a group setting, further reducing chances of surprise change orders during the project.

Following this walk we send addendum to the scope of work to all the bidders that includes the bid walk conditions, additions, alternate pricing requests, etc.  These steps help ensure price accuracy, reduce the gap in bid variances, and create an easier platform for making our recommendations and for your final bid award as the owner.

Julien Management is a project management and construction management consultant working with existing staff or acting as the entire project management department.  contact@julienmanagement.com

That is a question I often hear and am often asked.  Aside from hiring or having in your toolkit a great project manager, there are an endless sea of project management tools with increasing complexity and learning curves. It really depends on your project.

A simple excel spreadsheet and a weekly conference call with stakeholders may cover all you need depending on the complexities. This could be a major time and headache saver.

If you are routinely working on the same type of project with many vendors, architects, contractors, and sites where many people need access to the same database of information, a more advanced custom system could really help (ie: Lucernex, Evoco, Others). Remember though, signing on to one of these larger systems requires a time and training investment both on your part as well as the vendors you expect to utilize the system and this may outweigh the benefits of using such a system.

I have regularly used both systems for different clients based on their needs, expectations, and/or systems they have in place already, successfully managing hundreds of projects across the country.

Two last important points to remember: Communication during the project is key as is the vetting of vendors and contractors during the pre-bid phase.  

Dan Julien
Julien Management

email Dan to discuss your project and how we can help by adding to your existing staff or acting as your entire project management department.

We posted a slideshare presentation to help understand the project management services we offer most often.  Adding to your existing staff or acting as your entire project management department we can assist with planning and permit application, pre-construction and construction administration, retail project management, program management, facility closures, site evaluations and more.  Flexible and able to step in for one site visit or to manage an entire capital program, give us a call 209-267-8090 or email contact@julienmanagement.com today.
An article about construction project management was released via SmartSheet. It covers some of the must-know basics as well as the essential principles of budgeting, organization, scheduling, conflict, and legal issues that project managers and construction managers need to know for success. Dan Julien at Julien Management was featured in the article... 
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Julien Management has been providing construction management and project management services as needed on a QSR (Quick Serve Restaurant) getting ready to open in December.  The project for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is located next to the Castle Rock Factory Outlets and not too far from the towns namesake.  We took a hike on the way out of town to the top and got to see the town from a new perspective (photos below) awesome views of the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and Pikes Peak.  We headed out of town before the site was blanketed in snow!

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One of the values we provide our clients as a construction management company is making sure that what is specified and paid for, is actually what was installed in the end.  Many times, an owner is unaware that a similar, less expensive fixture, piece of equipment, lighting or decor item, or even basic construction materials were installed and they were charged the full price.  This service, coupled with Processing change orders (i.e.: we review all change orders to make sure it was not discussed at pre-construction or was in the plans) typically can pay our entire construction management fee.  Give us a call, we can step in at any stage of construction and help you out!  contact@julienmanagement.com
Sometimes getting past that challenge or obstacle can be overcome by temporarily or permanently outsourcing that aspect. In the past, as an entrepreneur, I have worn many hats in different business ventures, it took time to realize maybe I was not the best person for the task at hand. Partnering with someone who was knowledgeable and quick at the task saved me time, money, and headache... it also freed up my time to pursue the advancement of my business. - Dan Julien, Julien Management. We are an outsourced construction management & project management firm providing services for worldwide and nationally recognized brands. Please see www.JulienManagement.com for more information and connect with Dan at Linkedin.com/in/danjulien (This comment was posted at American Express Open Forum in response to an article, read it here --> https://t.co/nRCIsy2sfl  )
Julien Management provides construction management, field representation and consultation services for many National brands, including Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

Julien Management, the California based project management firm completing projects for various nationally recognized brands announced in its on-going relationship with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, it will be helping out with some of their Texas based locations on new construction and site conversions that loyal fans are eager to eat at this September-October.