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Rucon's role on the projects it manages includes overseeing
day-to-day construction operations as well as contracts. "I
basically do everything a construction management company
would do other than get in the way of the submittal process,"
he says, noting that he has general contractors submit for work
directly to architects instead of to Rucon, which expedites the
General contractors often seek out the company because of its
approach to construction management. "I average between 50
to 70 bidders per project, while most projects typically get 20 to
30 bidders," he says. "They want to work with me because I understand projects more than most construction managers in this
area, and because they know my men are highly experienced in
the field. When I put a guy on a job, they have field experience
and have built projects before."
Russo's first school construction management job was to
oversee the construction of Pivik Elementary School in Plum,
Penn., for the Plum Borough School District. The company
was involved in the project from the conceptual design phase
forward, and helped hire the school's architect. The $16 million,
75,000-square-foot school broke ground in 2010 and was completed in 2012.
Rucon applied value-engineering
and organizational methods to
complete the school on time.
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