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Construction Tech Review | Monday, September 19, 2022

Early participation with a construction partner enables the owner and design team to take advantage of the cost history, feasibility, construction procedures and materials, subcontractor input, and construction experience of the contractor.

FREMONT, CA:  A crucial element for a successful construction project is selecting a great project team. This incorporates the selection of the design team and construction partner. Early participation with a construction partner enables the owner and design team to benefit from the cost history, feasibility, construction procedures and materials, subcontractor input, and construction experience of the contractor.

Similar to the importance of a project's physical foundation, the pre-construction process applies the foundation for the construction project's accomplishment. During pre-construction, critical decisions are made, and success measurements are established to maximize project efficiency and minimize potential obstacles.

The best is the construction company that can provide the most value to your project during the pre-construction phase, guiding the design, budget, and schedule before anybody shows up at the jobsite.

WHAT IS PRE-CONSTRUCTION?

In the primary planning stages of a project, the client works carefully with its design team and construction partner (construction manager, general contractor, or design-build contractor) to develop thorough drawings, schedules, budgets, and manpower projections before construction begins. This phase demands frequent communication between the core team and any extra project consultants.

The team works to determine the project, prepare cost evaluations to meet the budget, identify potential construction issues and solutions, and determine the most efficient use of money and resources. A complete and deliberate pre-construction process is important to ensure the project goes as planned and all potential requirements are identified and addressed.

WHAT ARE THE YIELDs OF THE PRE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE?

During the pre-construction stage, the client, design team, and construction partner will preplan the essential components of the project.

PROJECT SCOPE

The first stage in pre-construction is to define the scope of the project. What do you want to perform, and what are the space, schedule, and level of finishes requirements necessary to meet your objectives for a successful project?

PROJECT BUDGET

Once you have accepted preliminary project goals and objectives, the team needs to understand your project budget. To firm up your budget, the design and construction teams work together to give you design and cost information, comprising alternative solutions and costs.

PROJECT DETAILS

With a plain project scope and budget, the team can continue with design plans for the size, quality, layout, style/character, building materials and systems, and other vital project details. Once the design is finalized, a plan can be created for performing each phase of construction, and a schedule compiled for the entire project.

PROJECT TEAM

The construction company's function in pre-construction turns even more visible as the project moves toward the latter stages of design. To correctly prepare bid packages for the various parts of the work, your construction partner will recognize potential subcontractors who can finish work on the project and engage with them to confirm their interest and accessibility.

In case of time to bid out the work, there is a quick pool of subcontractors who understand the project, know what to expect from the common contractor, construction manager, or design-build contractor, and have reserved time in their schedule to correctly bid the project.

PROJECT MATERIALS

Properly planning for long-lead-time materials can make or break a project schedule. During pre-construction, the contractor must identify all the necessary materials and equipment for the job, with specific attention to items requiring early ordering and how they will be achieved. The procurement schedule will be integrated into the overall construction schedule to optimize efficiency and ensure all materials' correct delivery, phasing, and staging.

PROJECT PERMITS & INSPECTIONS

Pre-construction is the time to completely assess and plan to mitigate risks associated with constructing the project, comprising evaluation of the construction site, permit and inspection requirements, and any other special situations that must be solved before or during construction. Your construction partner should have a comprehensive checklist for the pre-construction phase; ensuring all boxes are checked before the project breaks ground is essential.

PROJECT COMMUNICATION

The pre-construction phase places the foundation for a successful construction project and depends heavily on assertive communication. Take some time to prepare a communication plan that works for everybody, allowing everyone to interact in a way that fulfills their needs for the project. A construction team that communicates well can help ensure that obstacles can be overcome effectively and efficiently when they arise.

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