Introduction to Construction Management


Construction managers are a lot like mothers, really. They have to set schedules, keep an eye on finances, make sure everybody is where they're supposed to be every day (and doing what they're supposed to be doing), ensure there are no safety hazards around, and, in general, keep everyone happy. Construction managers are hired to lead and oversee a variety of building projects from start to finish. The jobs can range from a small remodeling to the construction of a large commercial structure, such as a school or hospital. Some people think that a construction manager and a building contractor are the same thing, but they are actually two different jobs. Construction managers manage the project from the beginning; they manage costs, quality, selection of architects and general contractors, supply procurement, safety issues, personnel, and more. Building Contractors are involved in the building process only.

PRINCE CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT’S “PROJECT MANAGEMENT” SERVICE INCLUDES:


• Project management planning. This initial stage involves laying out a plan for the entire project, including the various jobs that need to be done, the materials required and a timeline.

• Cost management. Construction managers must constantly keep tabs on costs so the project does not over-run its budget -- making adjustments if unexpected issues or complications arise.

• Quality management. Projects often involve numerous contractors and subcontractors; construction managers must make sure they're all doing a good job and not cutting corners.

• Contract administration. Lengthy contracts with the client are part of all construction projects, and it's the construction manager's job to ensure all of the contract provisions are being met and all parties are satisfied.

• Safety management. Construction sites are filled with potential safety hazards that construction managers must be aware of and guard against.

ON-SITE CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION SERVICE


• Quality management. Projects often involve numerous contractors and subcontractors; construction managers must make sure they're all doing a good job and not cutting corners. (Making sure that the client won’t have to rip up their floors and fix plumbing issues; that the lighting won’t blow on a Friday Night; that rain doesn’t pour from the ceiling in the winter; proper thermal insulation, etc.)

• Timetable Adherence. Making sure that the project is running on schedule, including all contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants.

• Solutions. Our On-Site Supervisors also provide on the ground solutions for any problems that may arise during the course of the project.

• Updating the Client. (Including overseas clients) as to the progress of the project.

• Managing Site Security. Making sure materials don’t get stolen, or live-in residents don’t have problems with the workers, making sure that the site is properly cleaned after the day’s work, etc.

QUANTITY SURVEYING SERVICES


High quality Quantity Surveying services offered by us are designed as per the prevalent market trends. Customized in accordance with the details provided by the clients, these design services are widely demanded. Our services include:

• Feasibility studies

• Cost monitoring & control

• Contract documentation

• Bill of quantities

• Budget estimating

• Detailed cost estimates

• Tender reports

• Final accounts

• Arbitration- independent referee services

• Cost planning

• Client representative

• Facilities management

BILLING


• Checking the bill that was handed over by the contractor for a client.

• Checking that the bill matches the measurements, the contract prices or the current market prices.

• Preparing bills for contractors including measurements, documentation and submission.

• Price surveying before the purchase of materials.

WATER INSTALLATION CONSULTING


We work with A. Matzrafi, the leading water installation company in Israel. They do consulting, and they do the work as well. They have done extensive work with exclusive projects in Israel, and they were able to bring solutions to impossible problems.

SYSTEMS COORDINATION


Each structure includes a number of infrastructure systems that serve the needs of users. Infrastructure systems are usually hidden inside the building but they are an integral part of the functioning of the building. Previously, the building systems were very limited but today there are many systems, and they require careful planning in the location of the building, connecting them while building, coordinating between different systems and preparation for future systems and renovations. The most basic building systems and the oldest are sewage and water systems. These systems allow a comfortable life in the building and maintain sanitation use. In modern construction there are many more systems that require synergy; electricity, gas, communication lines, cable, climate control, security systems, fire systems, entertainment systems, SmartHome systems and more. In order to save time and costs it is imperative to coordinate between systems so they don’t clash. Prince Construction Management’s professional teams can foresee problems and provide on-the-ground solutions in real time.

Tiling 101

Whatever your building or renovation dreams are, you know how overwhelming the details can be. Today we’re going to give you a quick guide to basic tiling to familiarize you with what’s available.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are made of natural clay minerals mixed together, glazed on one side, and then fired under extreme heat to create a strong, resilient material. You can find them in a glossy or matte finish. Ceramic tiles are very durable; dent, scratch, and stain-resistant; have a huge selection of colors, shapes, and sizes; they’re affordable and very easy to clean. On the downside, they are hard and cold underfoot, and slippery when wet.

Porcelain vs. Non-Porcelain


ceramic tile


Ceramic tile is either porcelain or non-porcelain. Traditional ceramic tile is non-porcelain and is made from white, red, and/or brown clay and other minerals. Porcelain ceramic tile is made from clay and minerals as well, but it also contains 50% of a white dust or sand called feldspar. Feldspar is a type of crystal found in rock that acts as a "flux" during the kiln-drying process, melting into a glass-like material and bonding all of the molded ingredients together.

Porcelain and non-porcelain ceramic tile can be either unglazed or glazed. Glazed tile has a matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss finish applied to the surface. Glazed tiles have increased stain resistance, scratch resistance, and traction, as well as decreased water absorption, in comparison to an unglazed tile.

Non-porcelain ceramic tile is among the most economical types of tile flooring. Porcelain ceramic flooring is more expensive than non-porcelain and can be harder to work with. However, it offers greater durability, natural stain resistance, minimal water absorption, and full-bodied color.

Natural Stone Tile


Natural stone tile is produced from natural materials that are quarried, slabbed, finished, and cut to size. Common types of stone used as flooring tile include granite, marble, limestone, travertine, and slate. Among these types of natural stone are thousands of varieties with characteristics that depend on where and when the stone was quarried.


Granite
Granite is a type of igneous rock that is very hard. Its distinctive appearance is due to speckled minerals found within the rock, and the thousands of available colors. Granite is nearly impervious and, once it is polished, resists scratching. It is an excellent choice for flooring in kitchens and high-traffic areas.


marble
Marble is a type of metamorphic rock that is available in a variety of colors. Marble is more porous than granite and is not recommended for kitchen flooring unless honed and then sealed on a regular basis (which makes a big mess each time you do it).


limestone
Limestone is a type of sedimentary rock that offers an earthy appearance in both light and dark shades. The surface can be textured or polished smooth. It can be easily stained and is also prone to scratching. It is not recommended for kitchen or high-traffic flooring applications.


travertine
Travertine is a type of limestone that offers an unusual crystallized appearance with an earthy tone. Travertine is a porous stone with a natural surface that has pitting. Travertine is not recommended for kitchen floors, as it can be easily scratched and stained. Special care and surface sealing is required to maintain travertine.


slate
Slate is a type of metamorphic rock that is very durable. Slate is available in darker earthy tones. The surface of slate is naturally textured unless a smooth finish is achieved. Slate is an excellent choice for kitchen and high-traffic areas.

Natural Stone Tile Surface Finishes


Stone tile flooring can be naturally finished or polished. The finish you apply depends on where you intend to use the stone tile and the desired appearance. Natural surfaces that are unfinished have an earthy, dull appearance. Texture and pitting are visible characteristics of natural stone tile. The smooth, matte appearance is excellent for high-traffic and wet areas to prevent slipping and wear. Polished surfaces are highly reflective with a mirror-like finish, which creates an almost impervious surface that is also more slippery.

Pebble Tiles


pebble tiles
Pebble tiles are tiles made up of small pebbles attached to a backing. The tile is designed in an interlocking pattern so that final installations of multiple tiles fit together to have a seamless appearance. Pebble tiles were originally developed in Indonesia using pebbles found in various locations in the country. Today, pebble tiles feature all types of stones and pebbles from around the world.

Terrazzo (“Balatot”)


terrazzo
Balatot were the standard in new Israeli building until about a decade ago. Terrazzo (aka Balatot) is a composite material, poured in place or precast. It consists of marble, quartz, granite, glass or other suitable chips, and mixed with a binder. Terrazzo is cured and polished to a smooth surface. Pros: Very thick and solid, hide dirt well, (no grout to get dirty). Cons: Chips easily, finish rubs off, (if you need to replace a tile, the finish makes it easy to see which the replaced one is).

Management and Supervision:

Substrate (under the tiles)

Make sure that the floor is sealed properly so if you have a flood, your downstairs neighbor’s Picasso isn’t ruined (which you would be legally liable for).

Acoustic insulation is highly recommended to be installed under the flooring.

Thermal insulation is a must if you have under floor heating, and highly recommended anyway in order to save energy. If you are installing under floor heating, the correct height must be maintained between the heating element and the floor to get the maximum effect.

All plumbing and electric tubing must be thoroughly checked to make sure that the plans have been executed properly. The plumbing system must be checked and tested to make sure that there are no leaks.

The height of the floor must be properly marked in several areas. If you would like to create a slant for water drainage then the height of the slant needs to be precisely planned out.

The subflooring level needs to be the proper height. There are various different ways of doing that.

Lay out the pattern:

The tile layout must be properly planned out so that there are even distances between the tiles and the walls, and any pattern must be pre-tested to prevent any mistakes.

Installing the Tiles

There are lots of different adhesives for attaching the tiles to the floor. Each kind of tile has its own best adhesive. With Prince Construction Management you will be covered on all bases in the best possible way. Prince Construction Management – Consider it Done.