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Defining the Scope of the Project

Developing a Budget and Schedule

Pre-construction is the initial phase of a construction project, and it is essential for laying the foundation for a successful project. This phase involves planning and preparation for the construction project, including activities such as defining the scope of the project, developing a budget and schedule, selecting a project delivery method, and assembling a project team.

In commercial construction, pre-construction is especially important as it sets the stage for the entire project. The project’s objectives, goals, and requirements are defined, and the budget and schedule are developed. The project delivery method is also selected, which is the method used to manage and execute the project. This includes traditional design-bid-build, design-build, and construction management at-risk. The project team is assembled, which includes the owner, architect, engineer, and general contractor.

Design: Creating Detailed Plans and Specifications

Meeting the Needs of Commercial Clients

During the design phase, the design team creates detailed plans and specifications for the project. This includes architectural design, structural engineering, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design. The design team works closely with the owner and other stakeholders to ensure that the project meets their needs and requirements.

In commercial construction projects, a greater focus is placed on business operations and occupancy during the design and planning phases. This is essential for ensuring that the project meets the specific needs and requirements of commercial clients. The design team also considers any additional regulations and code requirements that commercial projects may be subject to.

Procurement: Obtaining the Materials and Equipment Needed

Working with Suppliers and Subcontractors

In the procurement phase, the construction team obtains the materials and equipment needed for the project. This may involve soliciting bids from suppliers and subcontractors and negotiating contracts. The procurement team ensures that the materials and equipment are of high quality and meet the project’s specifications.

Procurement is critical for the success of a construction project, as it ensures that the project has the necessary resources to proceed on schedule. The procurement team also works closely with the design and construction teams to ensure that the materials and equipment are compatible with the project’s design and schedule.

Construction: Building the Structure and Installing Systems

Meeting the Needs of Commercial Clients

Construction is the actual building phase, where the team erects the structure and installs systems and finishes. This includes activities such as site preparation, foundation work, framing, MEP installation, and finishing work. The construction team works closely with the design and procurement teams to ensure that the project is built according to the plans and specifications.

Commercial construction projects may also have additional considerations, such as the need to meet the specific needs and requirements of commercial clients and adhere to additional regulations and code requirements.

Closeout: Completing the Project and Handing it Over

Handing over the Project to the Owner

The closeout phase involves completing any remaining tasks, conducting final inspections, and obtaining any necessary certificates of occupancy or completion. It also includes handing over the project to the owner and providing training on how to operate and maintain the building.

The closeout phase is critical for ensuring that the project is completed on schedule and within budget. It also ensures that the owner is satisfied with the project and has the necessary knowledge to operate and maintain the building.