Every building you see today has undergone grueling construction project planning with a great project team. There are many steps involved in construction, whether it is an office building, hotel, retail mall, or industrial one.
What is Pre-Construction?
A deliberate and thorough pre-construction process is critical to ensure a project is executed as planned. Pre-construction is the initial planning stages of a construction project, where the client, construction partner, and design team work side by side to come up with detailed schedules and drawings, prepare cost estimates, identify any potential issues concerning the construction, propose solutions to those issues, and set manpower projections before the actual construction begins. Just like any other project, this planning phase involves effective and frequent communication between the core team of the project and other consultants.
Why is Pre-Construction Important?
Similar to the importance of a project’s physical foundation, a complete pre-construction phase lays the basis for the success of any construction project. This includes the building itself as well as the planning that goes into the pre-construction process. The various phases are put in place to ensure the activities involved in construction are organized in a step-by-step manner so nothing gets overlooked. With such a large-scale project, the planning stage also serves as a helpful guide to everyone else on the team to prevent any accidents or errors. Typically, pre-construction starts with the owner laying down the objective of the project before following up with a plan and then executing it.
Outputs of a Pre-Construction Process
Now that you know why pre-construction is so critical, it’s time to understand how you can make this phase a success. Here are some of the activities and outputs of the pre-construction process you can consider working weaving into your plan:
- Project scope – It’s a best practice to begin documenting your vision for the final project to identify any potential obstacles. This helps you to set more realistic goals and anticipate more accurate cost impacts.
- Budget – Performing a cost analysis can inform you what you can afford with your determined preliminary budget. Then, you can develop cost alternatives to provide your client with various options together with your team.
- Details of the project – Uponing coming up with a scope and budget, it becomes easier to figure out the design details of the project.
- Schedule – Setting deadlines for major milestones ensure everyone involved knows what to focus on during the job to avoid delays.
- Team – Identifying potential subcontractors with the right capacity and capability needed to work on the project comes next. This is when you meet with them to provide all the necessary information and streamline the bidding process.
- Materials required – Make sure to order and obtain everything you need in time.
- Inspections and permits – Before the project begins, be sure to acquire all the mandatory permits and have the relevant inspections done to avoid legal issues.
Why Choose US Framing?
With more than 40 years of experience in construction and management, you can rest assured US Framing does jobs right the first time. We have worked on millions of square feet annually and delivered results our clients are happy with.
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