Do you have a building project you have started thinking about? It may be a new home, commercial building or outdoor space. Perhaps you need to plan some infrastructure for a major project. If you haven’t completed a construction project in the past, you may not know where to start. These are some steps you should understand.
Get a Survey
After you get your concept solidified and purchase the property, you should consider getting an existing conditions survey. These surveys provide you with an accurate drawing of all the buildings on the property. The surveyor may also create drawings of the existing outdoor space as well. Your survey may include electrical, floorplans, cross sections and all other interior and exterior features.
These types of surveys help you determine whether you can use the existing structures or if you need to start over.
After you complete your architectural design, you will begin the pre-construction stage. You need to build your team, including your project manager, engineer, contract administrator, superintend and health and safety manager, among others. You need to examine your site to address any environmental challenges. You will submit your designs to the city or county authorities and gain approvals.
Construction Purchasing and Preparation
Now, your team will start purchasing supplies and finding contractors. They will also lease or purchase any equipment necessary to complete the build. You should also set your construction start date. Your general contractor will hire any workers and subcontractors necessary.
This stage involves everything from clearing the land or gutting the buildings to the final completion of the project. Initially, you will need to ensure that everyone can access your property, create materials storage areas, establish a quality control process and set the hours and schedule of your workers.
During post-construction, you will have your building inspected. Your construction staff should instruct you on your building’s maintenance.
Remember that each stage has several tasks. Spend extra time on the planning stage and build in contingency planning to help your project go smoothly.