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Construction Management at Risk

J.M. Cope offers an open book construction process with a premium on value and collaboration during design, subcontractor procurement, construction, and closeout.

The CM at Risk holds the risk of construction performance and guarantees completion of the project for a negotiated price. This delivery system allows the owner to interview and select a firm, based upon qualifications, experience, OH & fee and General Conditions cost, before the design and bidding documents are completed. The CM, owner, and design team work together to develop a cost effective design that meets the owner’s objectives. A guaranteed maximum price (GMP) is provided by the CM after bids are received from subcontractors. Any unused contingency at the end of the project reverts to the owner. The design consultant team is selected separately and reports directly to the owner.

Clinton College
Rock Hill, SC
As a small historically black two year institution, it was a struggle to raise all the funds for the project in a timely manner. Mr. Cope and his team understood our situation and once the project began,the work never stopped for lack of funds.
– Dr. Elaine Copeland
President, Clinton College

A Single Source of Responsibility

Our team is responsible for both design and construction of your project with an intense focus to be on the project’s overall value, schedule, and total life cycle cost.

Our Design-­Build program offers clients with a single source of responsibility for both design and construction, yet, in order to allow our clients the level of input they desire during design, we are flexible as to when in the process that contractual design responsibility occurs. Innovation and the application of the Design­-Build process dramatically impacts speed, cost and quality on the client’s behalf.

York County Sheriff’s Office
York County, SC
I further believe that any entity considering such approaches will find the Cope Construction team a professional, knowledgeable, and fair partner in completing any construction project. They are a well-rounded professional team player.
– Mr. Ralph A. Misle
Chief Jail Administrator

Upfront Price Focus

J.M. Cope offers a closed book construction methodology utilizing a preexisting set of construction drawings and specifications with a focus on upfront pricing.

Owners are most familiar with this method. It is a linear process where one task follows completion of another with no overlap possible. Plans and specifications are completed by the architect and their consultants, then contractor bids are solicited. Contractors bid the project exactly as designed with the lowest responsive and responsible bidder awarded the work. The design consultant team is selected separately and reports directly to the owner.

City of Rock Hill
Rock Hill, SC
Without hesitation, I would recommend J.M. Cope Construction for any challenging projects and would look forward to working with their able professionals again in the future.
– Mr. Mark Kettlewell
Director of Water and Sewer Utilities, City of Rock Hill

We Expertly Manage Your Construction Program

Clients faced with a large building program may find their capacity and resources stretched thin. Our Program Management services help owners to manage multiple concurrent projects with an intense focus on the program’s full budget, scope and schedule.

J.M. Cope’s Program Management team provides the needed technical and administrative resources to manage, coordinate, and integrate each project, creating a cohesive and systematic program. Our team members bring expertise in procurement, construction, design, quality control, safety, financial management and accounting that allow us to create economies of scale that drive costs down across the program.

The program manager functions as an agent for the owner. Our master planning experience will be applied to establish program budgets and schedules, and procedures and policies for a multi-project building program. Our services include early program consultation, facility space programming, designer selection guidance, procurement recommendations, relocation management, project estimates and budgets, infrastructure management, post-occupancy functional review and more.

J.M. Cope embraces the challenges of Program Management. We have experience managing multiple projects in various stages of design and construction while addressing the needs of various stakeholders. Balancing budget constraints and programming needs, maintaining tight construction schedules without interfering with operations, and keeping construction workers and the public safe are common challenges we manage daily. Our mission is to be your eyes and ears on the ground and help you stretch your budget to maximize your building program.

Rock Hill School District 3, Rock Hill, SC

 >1,000,000 SF | Start: 2015 | Completion: 2020

This $110M bond program is comprised of 54 projects, over a million square feet of renovations, additions and new construction. The scope of work managed by J.M. Cope includes:

Building Renovations included renovations to the oldest campus buildings at ten elementary schools, including expanding undersized cafeterias and conversion of existing space to flexible learning “studios”; architectural renovations to original buildings at the five oldest secondary schools; upgrade to selected elementary media centers to “learning commons”; modernizations in support of school choice programs.

New Construction consisted of classroom additions to selected elementary schools; the new Cherry Park Elementary School; and the new Montessori School at Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School.

Safety and Energy Efficiency consisted of upgrades to district-wide campus security, video surveillance, access control and fire alarm systems; security fencing at strategic campus locations; public address, intercom, emergency radio and other communication upgrades; environmental restorations to sewer and storm-water systems; energy efficiency retrofits to reduce annual costs.

Repairs and Replacements consisted of critical building components including exterior walls, plumbing, and HVAC systems at selected schools; upgrades to building automation systems, furnishings and other equipment at all campuses.

Buses and Grounds included repairs and upgrades at selected sites for enhanced access and safety: parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, playgrounds and athletic fields.

J.M. Cope has done a great job of supporting us making sure that we are on time, within our budget, and that we have quality buildings and quality renovations.

– Dr. Kelly Pew
Former Superintendent, Rock Hill School District

What made J.M. Cope different – they are part of our community and they had to succeed in this bond program. The teamwork approach between our construction management firm, J.M. Cope, and Rock Hill Schools has been flawless.
– Brian Vaughan
Executive Director of Facilities Services, Rock Hill School District