Proper planning and clear expectations can reduce waste and increase construction speed
Designing and building a structure can be challenging – with so many people working on one project, a lack of communication can lead to errors and expensive delays. To help improve communication and coordinate your efforts, it’s essential to have a detailed construction schedule written and agreed upon by all parties before a project begins.
A good construction schedule won’t just help you avoid losing time and money – it may even help you find ways to get your structure built faster, better, and more efficiently. Take a look at why construction schedules are vital and how to implement effective ones on your next build.
Making sure your construction goals and timelines are specific and realistic
There can be big differences in expectations when it comes to timelines for a project’s completion if exact dates have not been set. For example, if two parties agree that a building will be finished “in September,” to one person, that could mean September 1, and to another, it could mean the end of the month. Such a discrepancy in dates could lead to significant financial losses if other parties, like tenants, residents, investors, or others are counting on it being finished by a certain date.
Making sure you aren’t paying too much
Unless you have a specific plan and schedule for each phase of a project, it may be difficult to calculate a fair price. Every company involved in the construction process has to pay employees for their time worked, so without a schedule, it can be extremely difficult to determine what the true labor cost of project actually is. Additionally, without a detailed schedule, a project is likely to take much longer to complete, potentially leading to increased labor, utility, tax, and permit costs.
Increase project efficiency and speed
If a construction schedule is properly designed, it’s possible to change the order of various construction activities to utilize a project’s given resources more efficiently. Construction companies may have to rent a variety of specialized equipment, use certain materials, or bring on various experts for certain aspects of a project – so if the use of these elements in a project is strategically condensed to one or two specific periods, rather than carried out randomly, it can greatly reduce costs.
For example, if you need to rent a specific type of crane for five-days-worth of jobs on a project, it’s much more cost efficient to rent the equipment in one five-day period rather than randomly hiring out the crane for separate days at a significantly higher rate.
In addition to conserving resources, a schedule helps project managers and supervisors effectively work together and delegate the most important tasks to their employees in an efficient manner. Without a detailed schedule, different managers might unwittingly take the project in different directions, unknowingly instruct their workers to do the exact same thing, or even tell employees to engage in work activities that directly contradict each other, slowing down the entire process.
Failing to plan is planning to fail
When it comes to ensuring ideal performance on any kind of construction project, the old adage holds true: failing to plan is planning to fail. While it might sound like a cliché, construction is a highly-collaborative and technical process, and any good team knows that if they want to get a project done on or ahead of schedule, they need to plan every day of the build well in advance.
Setting a specific, realistic schedule is never a problem when you use a design-build firm like Telesco Construction. Because all of the personnel necessary to complete your project work under one roof –
from designers and general contractors to architects and project managers – we seamlessly plan each build every step of the way. This unique collaboration also allows us to adapt the schedule to make it more efficient – for example, the construction of one phase of a project may get underway while the design is being completed on a different aspect.
To learn how our integrated design-build firm can help build your building safely, quickly, and effectively, get in touch with us at 305.390.0250 or through our online contact form.