On Site Project Management vs Remote Project Management

Our Watchdog Project managers oversee real estate and construction projects throughout the country. Some are located down the street from our headquarters and some are across the country. Depending on the client, we provide full-time on-site project management when necessary. Believe it or not, our process does not change all that much whether we are on-site full-time, or managing project hundreds of miles away. We’ve broken down the differences, strategies, and benefits of each for further clarification.


Full-Time On-Site Project Manager:

Depending on the project or the client’s needs, sometimes on-site support is needed. For instance, when there is active construction going on in an occupied space like a school campus or corporate campus, safety becomes an even larger concern that it normally is. On-site project management can be beneficial so that there are daily or even hourly site checks to ensure no one’s safety is compromised. Similarly, when construction work is scheduled for off hours, some clients simply prefer to have onsite oversight to ensure the site is in order before the daily activity of the campus begins again.


Managing Projects Remotely:

Whether on-site or remote, our project management process is still the same. The same level of coordination, budget and schedule overview, documentation is provided. Site checks are still done on a regular basis, by traveling to the site as much as necessary. Regardless of from where the project is being managed the same general principals are applied: all hired consultants must be trustworthy and the best suited for the project’s needs, expectations must be clearly stated. The project team works with the client and all consultants to create structure and process. On any project, organization is always key. Our real estate PMs take whatever steps necessary to keep each project organized internally so that organization with the larger project team is an easier process.

Katie Craven
Katie Craven is Marketing, Communication and Brand Manager at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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