Commercial construction projects are complex and usually involve a lot of different workers from a variety of industries and professions. Organizing such a project takes skill and knowledge about construction, architecture, but also management and HR.
In order to accomplish these tasks, you need to be prepared in advance and to be honest with the assessment of your team and your goals. There’s always a rush to meet the deadlines with these projects but that shouldn’t become more important than the quality of the work.
Defining the scope of work
This is the first and most important step. Before you can get any of the work or even any of the planning done, you need to define what your job is and how much is expected of you. The investors need to provide clear guidelines about the work and the time it takes to finish it.
That way you can plan your budget and your schedule and have a clear idea of how many employees you’re going to need and with what skill sets. Your input in these matters is vital for both the investors and your own planning.
Permits and other regulation
The construction industry is heavily regulated and it’s imperative for a business working in it to be familiar with these regulations and comply with them. This is an additional cost that the company needs to keep in mind and pay for because there are no other ways to provide a safe and organized work environment.
The rules are set by the local authorities, which is to say that you need to study the industry in the city you’re working in. This can also be a cause of much stress and lost time, so make sure to be prepared and do your homework.
Once you know the size of the project and what kind of legal preparations you need to make, you should start collecting the budget based on these presumptions. It’s important to be detailed with planning a budget and to try to predict all the costs that might arise.
As a general rule, it’s better to secure a bit more funding than your estimates show, since there are always things that might come up and complicate your business plans.
Before the actual construction can begin, you need to have the broad-scale work taken care of. In some cases this starts with cleaning up and securing the terrain if there’s a need for it, while in others, where this isn’t necessary, you can start with the formwork right away.
For example, Professional formworkers from Sydney might take a few weeks to prepare the groundwork before the construction teams can come in. Their job is to create molds in which the concrete will be poured in, and place the beams that will support the construction. It’s a job that requires skillful laborers with a lot of practical experience.
The punch list
The punch list refers to the list of demands that the investor can have and which they plan to scrutinize when the project is completed. This is a measure that serves to provide quality control for the investor and to keep the standards of the construction high.
The contents of the list and the details of how you plan to handle it need to be organized in advance. The main thing to agree on is the quality of the work and the amount of time you have to make the changes that the investor is insisting on.
Construction projects involve a lot of mess and a lot of waste that might be damaging to the environment. It’s the responsibility of the construction company to deal with this in a manner that’s both ecological and financially responsible. The actions in this regard need to be prepared before the project starts.
Try to foresee how much waste the project is going to produce and to include the cost of its removal in the overall price of the job. It should be done in an eco-friendly way; possibly even creating additional income from recycling. These figures should then be presented to the investors and subtracted from the cost of the construction.
The key thing to running a construction project is planning and organizing. You need to be prepared for any issues that might come up during the project. Only that way can the construction be finished quickly and without wasting resources.
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