A construction manager is typically brought into the project from the get-go, becoming a partner early on. The Construction Manager (CM) is responsible for nearly every phase of the construction program, fielding bids and presenting them to the owner, managing the job on a daily basis and crunching numbers. The CM works hand-in-hand with subcontractors and suppliers, overseeing their work and devising ways to add value and keep costs in check. Working with a CM allows for a higher level of transparency, as they provide preliminary real-time budget estimates to the project team throughout the design and build-out process, minimizing surprises and allowing for necessary adjustments along the way. Though that does not necessarily mean a cost savings (though sometimes that is the case), the CM’s upfront information provides a measure of comfort and assurance for the owner, supplier and subcontractor.