No matter the size and complexity of your commercial construction project, the planning phase is equally as important as the construction itself. Identifying and quantifying your needs, expectations, and specifications is critical to ensuring that the finished product meets your requirements and the project itself runs seamlessly. Consider these key elements for a preconstruction checklist to keep your timeline on track and guarantee a comprehensive understanding of your project from beginning to end.
Project and Site Evaluation
One of the first steps to any successful commercial construction project is a thorough evaluation of the project itself and the site where the final product will be built. This involves analyzing the designs and materials to be used and ensuring that the chosen site is suitable for the finished building. This evaluation includes outlining roles and responsibilities of all the different team members, compiling project requirements and milestones to ensure the timeline is sufficient, and verifying all logistical information like insurance and local regulations.
Managing your commercial construction project budget is an ongoing process, but many of the costs should be carefully estimated before any construction begins. This includes all the materials, labor, and insurances involved throughout the project’s timeline. During this preconstruction phase, it’s also beneficial to project cash flow needs and identify any potential supply chain or economic changes that could impact final costs. This ensures that you go into the construction phase with not only a realistic budget, but preparations for any potential costs that might occur throughout the duration of the project.
One of the most stressful and often overwhelming parts of a commercial construction project is the scheduling of deliveries, different construction milestones, and grand openings. While barriers inevitably can pop up at different times in your project timeline, carefully planning out your schedule well in advance offers a more thorough understanding of how long your project will take and when different phases should be completed. Creating a schedule to monitor and track the project’s progress ensures that you stay on schedule and are prepared for any potential delays or disruptions.
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