Turn-Key Project Management: Advantages and Disadvantages

By: Caroline Mathis, January 30th, 2024

HNM Systems has established strategic partnerships with leading telecommunications companies, positioning us as an optimal choice for turnkey project management. Leveraging our extensive capabilities and experience in Network Utilities and Outside Plant Engineering, we offer comprehensive support in staffing, consulting, and the implementation of large-scale telecommunication installations. Our end-to-end turnkey solutions encompass everything from meticulous data collection to the delivery of designed and permitted construction deliverables, ensuring precision at every stage. 

With over 18 years of collaboration with major telecommunications service providers, power companies, and jurisdictional authorities, HNM Systems has performed turnkey engineering and turnkey construction services for the successful deployment of more than 37,000 utility poles and the development of 6,500 route miles of fiber. Noteworthy achievements in the utilities engineering sector include impactful partnerships with industry giants such as T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, involving small cell and tower deployments. Additionally, we have performed turn key project management for numerous enterprise fiber service delivery projects and provided power planning and estimation services for Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric.

What is Turn-Key Project Management?

Turn-key project management is a comprehensive approach to overseeing and delivering a project, where all aspects of the project are handled by a single contractor or project management team. The term “turn-key” refers to the idea that the project is ready for the client to use as soon as it is completed, just like turning a key to start a system.

In turnkey project management, the contractor takes on the responsibility for all phases of the project, from planning and design to construction, commissioning, and handover. This approach is beneficial for clients as it streamlines the entire process and reduces the complexity associated with coordinating multiple contractors and vendors.

One of the key advantages of turn-key projects is that it helps eliminate logistical headaches for project owners. By having a single point of contact and accountability, owners can avoid the challenges of managing and coordinating various contractors, suppliers, and subcontractors. This centralized approach often results in better communication, smoother coordination, and more efficient problem-solving throughout the project lifecycle.

Overall, turn-key project management provides a holistic and integrated solution, allowing clients to have a single entity responsible for the successful delivery of the entire project, from inception to completion.

What Are The Advantages of Turn-Key Project Management?

When considering any project delivery method, it is crucial to carefully assess the pros and cons before committing to a contract. Let’s delve into the advantages of turnkey projects and examine their potential impact on your capital project. 

  • Accelerated Project Timelines: Streamlining processes with fewer moving parts results in faster progression from planning to completion.
  • Price Certainty & Cost Efficiency: With one contractor overseeing all planning aspects, upfront cost predictions become more accurate, reducing unforeseen costs and preventing budget overruns by project completion.
  • Enhanced Communication & Collaboration: A singular point of contact/contractor for major projects facilitates efficient timeline tracking, progress communication, and flexible collaboration for adapting plans as needed.
  • Elevated Quality: Consolidating all project aspects under one roof guarantees a more consistent and improved quality of work compared to situations where different companies handle distinct project components.

What Are The Disadvantages of Turn-Key Project Management?

In addition to understanding the advantages of turnkey projects, it is crucial to be aware of the drawbacks and challenges inherent in this delivery method. Let’s delineate three crucial factors to consider when assessing whether a turnkey project aligns with your requirements.

  • Comprehensive Scope-Design: In a turn-key project, contractors meticulously plan each stage before construction, limiting flexibility during the build phase.
  • Trustworthiness: Paramount to success, trust in the chosen company is crucial for a turn-key project. Thorough vetting and questioning during the proposal process provide insights into the company’s reliability.
  • Reduced Flexibility: Agreed-upon project details from start to finish often result in limited flexibility for on-the-fly adjustments during construction.

How HNM Systems Can Assist With Your Turn-Key Projects

Explore the comprehensive capabilities of HNM Systems for your turnkey construction and turnkey engineering projects. As your one-stop solution from inception to completion, we specialize in the following areas:

  • Telecommunications: Cell Tower Construction, Wifi Design & Implementation, Make-Ready, Pole Analysis (OCalc, SpidaCalc), Permitting, JPA Application (OSPInsight, QGIS), CAD Design (AutoCAD), Lease Duct (AT&T, Verizon/Frontier, Zayo)
  • IT Projects: Cloud Engineering, Security, Netcracker
  • Power Planning: Distribution Circuit Upgrades, Cutover, Deteriorated Poles, Design Analysis and Remediation, Material and Labor Estimating
  • Utilities Field Survey: Field data collection of SCE, PG&E, and SDG&E poles; GO95, GO128, and NESC compliance

Our 5-Step Turn-Key Project Management Method

Count on HNM Systems for expert support across diverse domains, ensuring the success of your projects with our specialized knowledge and turnkey project management expertise. Below is an overview of our 5-step turnkey project management method:

  1. Explore: Before initiating the project, we conduct a comprehensive exploratory call with you, the project manager. This initial step helps us understand your requirements and ensures that our consultants are aligned with your needs.
  2. Define: Upon solidifying the partnership, we document the project scope, outlining milestones, deliverables, and timelines. This phase is crucial for setting clear expectations and goals.
  3. Execute: Our consultants prioritize open communication and responsiveness. Throughout the project, we collaborate closely with your team, promptly addressing any queries and working in tandem to meet and exceed your expectations.
  4. Review: After completing deliverables, we provide you with the opportunity to review the work for quality and accuracy. This ensures that the finished product aligns with your specifications and meets your satisfaction.
  5. Repeat: With the successful completion of the initial project, a reliable partnership is established. Should future needs arise, you can confidently rely on us as your trusted partner for seamless and efficient project execution.

Discover the comprehensive capabilities of HNM Systems across telecommunications, IT projects, power planning, and utilities field survey. With our 5-step turnkey project management method, we assure you of expert support, transparent communication, and a reliable partnership. 

Contact HNM Systems Today For Your Turn-Key Project Management Needs

When considering your next turnkey construction or engineering project, contact Gigi Garcia for seamless and efficient project execution: Gigi Garcia: (619) 983-9687 ggarcia@hnmsystems.com