Successful Self-Storage Construction Begins With Communication

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Important Phases of the Project

Three major phases of a project serve as integral elements of the construction process:

  1. Pre-construction
  2. Execution
  3. Post-construction

Construction managers must monitor progress, provide coordination and ensure success throughout each one of these phases. The adequate completion of each phase will include, but is not limited to, controlling timeframes, costs, quality and safety.

Prior to breaking ground on a project, construction managers should have the following issues identified and in process:

  • Preliminary estimates
  • Recommendations through value engineering
  • Plans for the project schedule
  • An updated and refined estimate
  • Prepared bid packages
  • An organized cash-flow schedule
  • Prescheduled meetings with subcontractors and vendors 

During the construction phase, the construction manager provides administrative support as well as project management through meetings and oversight of accounting records. He should also monitor progress as well as oversee onsite safety performance and quality control. Finally, his responsibility also includes obtaining all necessary permits.

Once the project is completed, the construction manager must administer warranties, supply operation and maintenance information, and provide all project documentation to the client.

By adhering to the phases above and making sure these procedures are incorporated in an effective plan, a construction manager can ensure that every project is a success. Although the overall construction process may seem overwhelming, following this outline should aid in finding the right path toward productive project management.

Jerry Kingwill is principal of Cobb Hill Construction Inc. in Concord, N.H. To reach him, call 603.224.8373; e-mail jerry@cobbhill.com; visit www.cobbhill.com.

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