A delay that throws a wrench into your plans is one of the most frustrating things when working on a mission-critical and time-sensitive commercial construction project. While there are some variables you can handle yourself, others leave you at the mercy of others. The goal should be to limit, as much as possible, project components you can’t control.
The main things that can delay projects include, but aren’t limited to, changes in project scope, vendors that don’t deliver on time, resources becoming unavailable, and ineffective communication between project stakeholders. Again, some of these things might be beyond your control. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for proper construction management.
Proper planning and effective time management can increase the odds of finishing commercial construction projects on time and on budget. But what if you’re running behind and need to find a way to fast-track a commercial construction project to get it done on time?
There are many things you can do to accelerate your project schedule, meet milestone deadlines, and complete the commercial construction project on time and on budget.
Continue reading for a look at methods you can use to achieve this objective—and then consider how working with a reliable commercial construction company like Ironclad Services will help you accelerate and maximize your project scheduling.
One way to accelerate your project schedule is to get more hands on deck. Do you have the available manpower to assign more people to work on the construction project? If you add another general contractor or other tradesmen or professionals, you can speed things up and complete the project on time or schedule. Adding more people to the project might be all you need to accelerate your project schedule. For instance, getting more equipment operators or contractors can fast-track the commercial construction process.
What can you do if you want to accelerate your project schedule but can’t add more people? Retaining more contractors or other people needed for the project might be cost-prohibitive. One answer to that problem is to get more people to work overtime. Let’s say that everyone works eight hours a day and five days a week. You can get more done if you bump that up to nine hours a day and five days a week. That might be enough to get things done sooner. Asking workers to stay on the job longer will sometimes require paying extra for the overtime work. That usually works out to paid time and a half for overtime pay. But that’ll still be considerably cheaper than hiring full-time workers. Ensure you don’t have long periods of overtime work since that can tire out your workers and actually lessen their efficiency and productivity.
Getting construction management is also an option to accelerate your project schedule. You might not be able to do everything in-house, and you don’t have to since service providers can provide as much or as little help as required. A full-service construction company will have the processes and procedures in place to complete projects on time. They’ll create a construction project list, make a plan, set milestones, and get commercial construction projects done on time. Such a company has the manpower to get things done without your having to find multiple service providers. That’ll save you a lot of time and effort. However, you’ll want to do your homework so you find a reputable company to work with.
Are you behind on a project and realize that the odds of meeting the deadline are slim to none? One option is to lessen the scope of the commercial construction project. That might not be ideal, but it’s an option that should be on the table. You’ll especially want to consider this strategic pivot if you can’t afford to miss the completion deadline. Of course, you’ll need permission from the client before reducing the project’s scope. The client might refuse. But you’ll want to explain this option and see if they’re on board.
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You might sometimes face delays due to backorders for certain materials or products. These delays might come at the expense of your project schedule. In such cases, you might accelerate your project schedule by opting for products and materials that are more readily available. Again, you must talk with the client and explain available options. Depending on the availability of products and materials, you might find yourself waiting around. Review the pros and cons of switching from preferred products and materials to alternatives. Doing so could be the difference between completing a project on time and facing significant delays.
Another way to accelerate your project schedule is to establish a core dedicated team to work on the project full time. This team should have a single purpose—working on the project. They shouldn’t be multitasking. If their full attention is focused on the commercial construction project, they’ll likely be able to get it done sooner than if they had to focus on multiple tasks.
One way to stay on top of things and ensure nothing falls between the cracks is to hold strategic meetings. They don’t have to be long since the goal is to ensure everyone’s on the same page and that things are going well. You can use a construction project list to review what’s being done and what needs to be done. Meetings can help keep your team motivated. Keep the meetings on point and don’t go any longer than necessary.
Do you need help with construction management? Do you need help finding the right general contractor? Ironclad Services is a commercial construction company located in Springfield, Massachusetts. You can count on us for quality, commitment, communication, and transparency in every project we work on. As a full-service general contractor and construction management company, we can assist you in all stages of your commercial construction project. That means you can count on us from concept to completion. We’ll generate detailed plans with your input and help you with your commercial construction project.
We aim to deliver professional, friendly service and quality for every project. For the help you need from a full-service commercial construction management company, get in touch.
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