When you see a building under construction, what is the first thing you ask? Most people would think, “I wonder ‘what’ is going to be there?” But have you ever thought about the process – what goes into that ‘what’ and how it will be turned into a new building? Read on to learn about each stage that goes into a project and how Premier Development Partners handles it all with our internal capabilities.
First, there are some common steps that need to be completed before starting the detailed design and building processes. It is here where many of our clients rely on our ability to help them define the type of building or project that will be the best solution for their needs, a preliminary schedule, and a project budget. Also, during these first discussions, the client often analyzes the benefits of owning or leasing their facility. Just the same – building new or renovating an existing facility – our ability as both a real estate developer and a real estate owner has grown our network of affiliations and partnerships to help provide our clients with critical information needed for them to complete this analysis.
Some common items that are analyzed during this phase:
After managing through the pre-construction process, it is time to start the detailed design that will go into the building.
2. Architectural and Engineering Design
There are typically four steps to having a building design completed sufficiently enough to begin the physical construction process:
3. Estimating and Scheduling
At this point, the construction cost estimate can be completed. The project manager discusses construction and schedule details with the client to properly implement and enable estimating of the final costs. For example: Can construction operations be performed during the day or is it an addition/renovation that requires construction operations to be coordinated with the occupants of the current building? Will weather affect the timing and cost of the construction operations? When does the client want to occupy the new building? All these answers can affect the project cost and schedule.
All these steps happen before construction even starts!
This is where the rubber meets the road.
Time to move in!
Now when you are driving down the road and you see an active construction site, you will not just see the construction phase – you can appreciate that there was much more behind the scenes involved in the process. There are many different designers, engineers, and building trades involved that need to be meticulously coordinated by an experienced contractor to achieve both a cost-effective and prompt completion of a construction project.
Jerry Gruszewski has more than 35 years of commercial, industrial, institutional, educational and retail construction experience. Jerry has built more than three million square feet of office and warehouse facilities in Northeast Ohio. Jerry is a nationally recognized leader in OSHA safety compliance.