A successful construction project requires the development and execution of a plan. From the start to the end, the teams and the project manager moves from one stage to another. Understanding these stages is key to making the most of your tools and delivering to the client’s satisfaction.
- Design. The design of the project is the first challenge to deal with as it must meet legal requirements. The design will need to be submitted to building authorities for approval. Coming up with the right design starts with understanding what the client wants, and the best way to deliver. The design covers aspects such as the building site, the floor plan and the number of floors. With a design in place, it is time to start accepting bids from contractors.
- Preconstruction. During this stage, the project manager will take on other professionals who will assist with administrative functions like scheduling and contracts. These individuals will also help in monitoring construction activities. Preconstruction also involves an evaluation of the site to make sure that it is ready for the project.
- Procurement. At this point the construction project manager must ensure that all the necessary materials and equipment have been identified and are in place. Some equipment will not be purchased, and in some cases the contractor will provide this. Equipment is often rented for construction projects as well. All of these details will be worked out before the work starts.
- Construction. This is when the plan goes into action based on the established schedule. The construction project manager must ensure that the work environment is suitable, and that conflicts are resolved. You will also have to prepare proper storage for materials and ensure site security while construction is ongoing. Ongoing communication with the clients and the teams involved is a vital part of this process.
Delays can occur with any project, but a project manager can keep these to a minimum by following the steps. Managing the project means selecting the right team and knowing how their skills will contribute to the outcome. A construction project manager is always on site. This enables the constant evaluation of the workflow and resource utilization. Upon completion, there will be an evaluation which will determine whether the goals of the project were met. This will also take into consideration the time allotted for the work and whether the budget was adequate.