WHAT'S NEXT FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT?
Written by: Lindsay Harris
Lindsay Harris is a central part of the tenant improvement and office buildout process for Colliers International’s commercial tenants. Her experience with commercial leasing and construction allow her to work hand in hand with the Real Estate Management Services team to produce beautiful spaces for office tenants. Her strong communication, effective project organization and clear understanding of the construction and leasing processes play a fundamental role in every project. Keep reading to get Lindsay’s take on what’s next for project management.
How has COVID-19 affected the timelines of projects you’re working on?
Tenants and owners still expect spaces to be completed in relatively the same timeframe as pre-COVID projects, with an understanding that events out of anyone’s control could delay finish dates. The preconstruction and project planning has really become even more important than it was before the pandemic. Making sure to build in some buffer time to the project schedule for the permitting process, and defining long lead time materials even earlier than usual so they can be ordered without causing delay.
Have you noticed a difference in the amount of TI allowance landlords are providing their tenants?
I have not noticed a difference in the amount of TI allowance are providing tenants. Landlords seem to be taking care of their tenants whether it’s new leases or renewals during this unprecedented time.
What are your predictions for project management services in 2021?
I think 2021 is going to be a really good year for project management services. Last year was unexpected in many ways, but it looks like there is a light at the end of tunnel. I think office spaces could look a little different in the near future, but the last year has given companies a chance to regroup and strategize making them ready to get people back to the office in 2021.