Commercial Construction - How to finish on time

Are you involved in the process of building commercial construction? I'm sure if you're reading this article, you know something about it and how complicated it can be. 

Commercial construction can range from buildings such as banks, shopping malls, corporations, doctor's offices and much more. No matter the type of commercial business, this construction depends upon finishing on time by meeting firm deadlines. 

Whether you are the one involved in building, designing, contracting, or maybe even the client themselves, it's important to know the ins and outs of commercial construction

In order to get the construction completed on time and save everyone money, you should be overly prepared and anticipate challenges that may occur along the way. 

These types of projects revolve around money and not finishing on time can cause many problems for everyone involved.

Here's how to hit that deadline every time:

Hire a commercial construction project manager 

Yes, construction project managers are real, and they are a great way to ensure your commercial construction deadlines are met. 

These managers should be knowledgeable in planning, coordinating and communicating with everyone involved in the construction build process. Your manager should have a strong sense of the building industry along with clear communication skills. 

In cases where there are too many tasks to focus on and there is potential for projects to be pushed back, this is when hiring a commercial construction project manager would be a great investment. 

They track the project every step of the way to assure that everything is done on time and on budget. The project manager will also monitor building codes, specs and any other specific building regulations. 

With the right project manager, your construction will be completed on time and with the least amount of hassle. 

Get costs agreed upon early on

One of the most common things clients and contractors disagree upon to effect deadlines are the costs and budgets associated with a commercial construction project. 

Step 1: The first step of the construction process should be giving the client a reasonable estimate of what the project will cost to make sure they are on board and able to move forward.

Obviously, the company can only tell the client so much before having contractors involved, but working out a general budget to stick to in the beginning is key. 

Step 2: After agreeing upon a beginning budget, contractors should always come in early to assess the situation and give estimates on the costs.

Exceeding the budget can be very easy to do, that's why planning the budget and identifying the costs and challenges that may be faced along will keep the project on task. 

Nothing's worse than a client realizing a certain task is way over their budget which then results in the contractor and client going back and forth until a decision is reached. 

If unperceived events occur during the project and prices go up, this is where having a plan pays off.

Knowing the preliminary cost estimates will give you and the client an idea of what could be compromised to meet the end goal. 

Keeping everyone organized and in tune with each other's motives is critical is ensuring the project is completed on time, on budget, and while satisfying everyone's needs.  

Communicate early and often 

Much along the lines of getting the budget figured out early, communicating early and often is just as important as sticking to a strict deadline.

Everyone involved with the project should know when certain building activities are occurring and the timeline for completion.  

Commercial contractors should be communicating to make sure there is no delay of work from other subcontractors that may have tasks like garbage removal or material delivery. 

If builders and contractors don't know when certain tasks are happening, this could be grounds for a deadline set back. Everyone must know each other's plans and timelines to properly keep the construction in order and moving forward.

There can also be times when clients will make last-minute requests and want to change the way something looks after seeing it.

You should make your clients aware that this sets back deadlines and could hold up a project for a few days until new drawings are created.

Once the client knows this and realizes the delays could be in their own hands, things can tend to run out a lot smoother. This is another instance where using open and honest communication can limit the amount of time for changes. 

Be clear on design 

The management company and contractors should be clear of what the client wants out of the design while the client should be clear on the builder's abilities.

Drawings, blueprints and 3D renderings and walkthroughs begin this process and will become clearer as everyone articulates what they want out of the project. Getting down to the final details of things like the flooring material, roofing and plumbing system should be hashed out beforehand. 

Getting down to the final details of things like the flooring material, the roofing, and the plumbing system should be hashed out beforehand.

Any slight issues the client has with the designs should be worked out immediately. You won't want to be left guessing and hoping it's something they'll like once the project is completed and you can't go back. 

Both the client and the construction business should be clear on the must-haves needed to build the commercial construction. 

Define responsibilities

Last but not least, everyone in the building process should understand their own and everyone else's distinct responsibilities.

There are so many different people involved in commercial construction that tasks can easily get mixed among people and not end up getting done — pushing back your timeline tremendously. 

The contractors, clients, construction business and any other third parties taking part in the construction should have a well-defined list of their responsibilities. Usually accompanied with a plan and timeline. 

This will ensure that everyone is responsible for their own actions while keeping the project on schedule. 

Nothing's more important than finishing on time 

With the value of U.S. local and state government non-residential construction amounting to $248.8 billion, commercial construction isn't going anywhere. 

If we have a plan, know clients expectations, define goals, communicate often, and agree upon budgets early on, we will have the best chances of finishing commercial construction projects on time and to the best of our abilities. 

While a day or two set back in this industry can be worth thousands of dollars, it's essential we stay on track and hit deadlines not once but every time. 

Are you looking for a design-build company to manage your commercial construction projects and start moving your construction in the right direction? Check out the services Designblendz can provide. We provide specialized services no matter your situation. 

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