JLL Heeds the Need for Strong Project, Construction & Cost Management thru PDS

Corporate Real Estate should be managed by experienced and seasoned professionals and in the Philippines, the number one service provider is JLL.

March 04, 2018

The construction of Office Buildings, Hotels & Resorts, Industrial Projects, Corporate & BPO Fit Outs, Retail Renovations, Building Refurbishments and similar projects are costly major undertakings that are at times, not given enough importance or worse taken for granted in the Philippines.

The JLL Project and Development Services (PDS) Team offers comprehensive services required for the current industry demands and totally focused on managing client risk, including stakeholder management, project planning, procurement, design, construction, budget, and quality.

JLL PDS provides Project Management services whereby they manage the complete life cycle of a project from building audit / selection, design, tender, construction and project closeout. They also provide Construction Management services where construction managers are deployed to a project site to directly manage works and safety on a daily basis. They also provide management of Design & Build Projects from the appointment of D&B contractors, construction and project closeout. A key attribute of this service is ensuring that the proposed design and installations by D&B contractor complies with client requirements, building codes and best industry practice.

On the front end of the Project, JLL PDS also provides Building Audit services which includes the review of buildings and lease space as part of a client's site selection process and which benefits building owners who intend to make improvements to their properties. Moreover, JLL's PDS also offers Design Management which includes the review of drawings from Consultants to ensure compliance to client requirements, project budget, building codes and best industry practice.

JLL PDS has a dedicated team that offers complete Quantity Surveying and Cost Management Services. Part of these services is Cost and Claims Management where they track, review, evaluate and make recommendations relating to a project budget, progress billings and variation claims throughout the project duration. Procurement Management is also offered which entails the complete documentation and implementation of a professional and transparent tender process for appointment of consultants, contractors, vendors, and equipment. If required, Value Engineering services can be rendered to review design drawings and issue recommendations to reduce cost while still complying with client requirements.

If required for the Project, Energy and Environmental Design Management (LEED/ BERDE) can also be provided to oversee the implementation of various works to allow compliance to the requirements of LEED, BERDE or other similar green initiative certification organizations in coordination with the project consultants.

The biggest edge of JLL PDS is that it applies the best practices in the industry, harness technological innovations, take advantage of its vast global and local experience and leverage its substantial spend volume to ensure that client's projects are accomplished on time and on budget with the least amount of issues. Since 2002, JLL has already shelled out $2.5 billion in capital expenditure and has managed 400 assignments totaling 42 million sq. ft. JLL undertakes projects ranging from 2000 sq. ft. to 2 million sq. ft. for various local and multinational blue-chip companies and has completed or is currently undertaking Industrial, Commercial, and Corporate multi-million dollar projects including Offices, Fit-outs and new High-rise buildings.

Among JLL's most notable clients are Aboitiz Equity Ventures, where they took the lead in the transfer and construction of their main headquarters at the NAC Tower Building at Bonifacio Global City. The Tower is home to the various Aboitiz Business Units. JLL was also responsible in improving the facility from a 'Traditional Office' to an 'Agile Work Place (AWP)' configuration. Aside from this, JLL helped Aboitiz move forward with their 'Digitalization initiatives". As for Aboitiz Land, JLL managed the transfer of their Main Office from Cebu to the Ore Central Building, located just behind NAC. It boasts of numerous 'Collaboration Areas' to provide their Architects, Engineers and various Staff venues for creative work.

JLL also lent its expertise in Project and Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Cost Management Serviceto Net Lima and Net Park, The Net Group's 6th commercial office tower which is 100 percent leased to top multinational and local companies like Coca Cola, Google, and Sony Pictures. JLL also serviced Net Park, to make it become a landmark office building with iconic world-class architecture and pioneering ecologically responsive features.

Other Projects in the pipeline for JLL's PDS include First Philippines Holdings Corporation which entails the redevelopment of the old Benpres Building in Ortigas into a 40-storey high-rise Grade A Building which shall target Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Also lined up is the Construction of a Visual & Performing Arts Building of British School Manila, BGC.

More than its wealth of work, JLL Philippines possesses a team of 55 expert project management professionals who utilize their experience, knowledge, resources, and tools to ensure that every project they handle attain considerable success.

The JLL Project & Development Services team is headed by Calum Swinnerton who has 28 years project experience in various sectors of engineering, varying from civil, marine, electrical, mechanical and telecommunications within Asia and the UK. He is a qualified and capable construction and project manager for fit-out and new build projects. His involvement covers the entire life cycle of projects from site feasibility studies and budget developments, to bid process and Bid evaluations, to design and construction, and Project Close-Out. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, He is one of the Director of JCL International Inc., responsible in ensuring that projects are completed within budget and on time, and within JCL quality standards.

Working side by side with Calum since 2002 is John Morgan who is currently JLL's Operation Director for Project & Development. John is the Operations Director for JLL Project & specialized in Civil/Architectural Trade. He has been involved in more than ten (10) key clients operating in the business districts and IT parks of Greater Manila and Cebu as well in offshore locations. With over 30 years of project experience in locations throughout the world, John is a highly qualified and capable project and construction manager. His experience includes business development, project and construction management, quantity surveying, site supervision, client and contractor/vendor liaison and safety management.

John was previously the Vice President for Operations for CMInternational Philippines in 1999 and was the Country Manager in year 2001. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, he was one of the Directors of JCL International Inc., who monitored the daily operations of the company and ensured that high quality international standards were implemented in all projects.

Lawrence Valguna is an Associate Director for the Company and provides Senior Management support for various Projects. He gained diverse project experience as an Architect, Contractor and Project / Construction Manager working with various Projects within the Metropolis both for local and multi-national clients for over 20 years. His experience includes management and supervision of works for Interior and Architectural Design, Fit-out Works and General Construction Projects. He is also very knowledgeable in various MEEPF Engineering works, Fire Code requirements, modern Building Management Systems, basic computer software and hardware as well as common Information Technology and Security System related works. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, he was the General Manager of JCL International Inc. He was responsible for management of Key Projects and Clients as well as Administrative functions for the Company.

JLL's PDS team takes pride in the work they do- noting how their work in big name companies like Aboitiz has stirred them into delivering quality developments to JLL's other clients.

As a Fortune 500 company that has 280 corporate offices across 80 countries employing more than 90,000 people, and 4 billion sq. ft. in portfolio space, there is no doubt that when it comes to  Project, Construction and Cost Management Services, JLL PDS should be the only option.

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 90,000 as of December 31, 2018. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

In the Philippines, JLL has been operating since 1997 and currently manages about 4.8 million square meters of real estate with a workforce of over 1,300 employees. With more than two decades of local expertise working hand-in-hand with its global legacy, JLL offers to the Philippine real estate market an unparalleled synergy of services with a process-oriented approach. For more information, visit