A large project of any type requires planning, careful and controlled execution, and finishing in order to be completed. It doesn’t matter whether that project is a rocket launch or the formation of a company. The different parts of the project will always break down into 3 main parts:

  • Planning
  • Execution
  • Follow-through

Regardless of the type of project, it needs to be planned. Construction is no different. Before any work is started, everyone who will be working on the project needs to be available and know their roles. Physical resources should also be sourced at this point. Execution is the action of making what needs to be made. Finally, the ending phase is the closing down of it all. During the last phase, the people working on the project go their separate ways and the project itself ends. The building is no longer a construction project, but an real, tangible building, a functioning thing in society.

At Reliable Commercial Construction, building is our bailiwick. Being consummate commercial contractors, we are intimately familiar with every detail of the building process. We are happy to break it down for you, to make your construction project less intimidating, and more manageable.

 

The whole thing can be broken down into three main parts

The three main phases are as follows: 

  • Pre-construction

This is planning, sourcing materials and talent, and getting everything ready.

  • Construction

The hopefully (but rarely in reality) flawless execution of the plan.

  • Post-construction

Cleaning up, closing down, and getting the building ready to go to work.

Sounds simple enough right? Well, breakdowns always are. Read on for our  detailed explanation of the first phase: pre-construction.

 

Pre-construction

Also called the “planning phase,” this is where you get everything ready. This is often seen as the most important phase, because without good planning, a project can easily fall apart when the unexpected happens.

 

Step 1: Initiation/ strategy

During this stage, the project is assessed for feasibility. Basically, the people who are going to be funding the project will look at its costs, and its potential returns. During this phase, the project’s objective is identified. A huge number of questions have to be answered to get the project approved by a project manager: 

  • What kind of building will it be? 
  • Who will the clients be? 
  • What is the earnings potential? 
  • New construction or renovation? Costs? 
  • Who will be needed to work on this project?
  • Any other relevant questions should be answered at this time.

 

Step 2: Assemble a team

For any good project, you will need a good team. For a construction project, your team should include:

  • Project manager (AKA Construction Project Manager)
  • Representative of the Owner
  • Financiers
  • General contractor/ construction contractor company
  • Architectural team
  • Insurance provider
  • Real Estate Lawyer
  • Engineering team
  • Those listed above should be a good start for a construction project. However, in certain circumstances, other specialists may be needed. These specialists include:
    • Surveyors
    • Logistics
    • Historians (if the area is protected or in a historic neighborhood)
    • End clients (if the project is specific, such as a science lab or industrial facility).\

This process can be lengthy, and will often involve the client selecting contractor bids. That’s a whole other process within itself.

 

Step 3: Sourcing materials

In many cases, this can fall to the commercial contractors, engineering team, and architects. In some cases, outside logistics or other talent will need to be brought in to get everything ready, and in place for the beginning of construction. 

 

Step 4: The specifics

Since the basic idea of the project is known, as well as its feasibility, it’s time to get down to brass tacks. What are the specific goals of the project? During this phase, the teams working together on the project will hammer out their specific goals in completing this construction.

Project scope

This can also be referred to as the project definition. The definition of the project will specify what the project needs to have and the design parameters. It includes such questions as: How big the building will be, what will the electricity supply be like, plumbing, appearance, total capacity, and much more. 

Schedule

The construction contractors, architects, engineers, financiers, project manager, and logistics will all have to work together on this one. They will need to put together a detailed timetable of how the construction process should go once it begins. 

Detailed cost estimate

This will involve several sub-processes within itself.

  • Site assessment will be necessary to determine any unforeseen difficulties from building in that area.
  • Legal/permits.  Lawyers will have to work with the other teams to figure out what permits and other stuff is available. Everything has to be OK with the local government for the project to move on.

 

Step 5: Contracts/ agreements

When the details are hammered out, contracts are signed. Each team will have a clearly-defined goal in the contract, in which they know their purpose, the scope of their work, and their timetable. Once the agreement has been made and contracts signed, construction can finally begin.

 

What should the goals of the pre-construction phase be?

When pre-construction is complete,  at least the following three things should be known: 

  • Cost
  • Schedule
  • Scale (goals and size of the building project)

If you would like to read on about how to do pre-construction, check out this handy guide

 

All construction projects begin with an idea

If you want to make your idea into a reality, then Reliable Commercial Construction can help. We are an experienced and large team of commercial contractors based in the Dallas Fort worth Area. The construction process, from pre-construction to post, can be intimidating, confusing, and down-right difficult. We are happy to make every step of the way as seamless and simple as possible for you. Contact us today and we can get help you get your building up and running.