General contractors and construction managers play distinct roles in the construction industry and there are a number of areas which clearly set them apart from each other.
The role of general contractor most often involves taking the helm of a construction project. They are typically responsible for assembling teams that will perform specific tasks on the
construction project, maintaining personnel for administrative and or supervisory roles, and
hiring sub-contractors, suppliers and other professionals for specific construction related tasks.
The general contractor usually manages the schedule and project’s quality as well.
The construction manager usually serves as an agent to the owner and is solely responsible for
nearly all aspects of the construction project. Unlike a general contractor, a construction
manager tends to be more closely aligned with the building owner, and is essentially entrusted
with making decisions on behalf of the owner.
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