At every new phase of your project, a contractor meeting is important to update the project timeline and approve any changes to the overall plan. Beginning on day zero, clearly communicate and define who has authority to make changes or amendments to the approved plans.
Phase I (30-60 days): Site Work
A good site-work contractor will likely tie everything together on your project. From removing the first tree to planting the last seed of grass, he’s the contractor most likely to be on the job the first and last day.
One key task likely charged to your site contractor is storm-water management. Local building officials will want to see quality management and protection of your site while it’s unstable. This means silt fence, rip-rap, seeding and detention basins according to the approved site construction plans. Soil testing during your predevelopment phase will dictate necessary remedies for required soil density and compaction.
Don’t cut corners here. Fix wet areas now or you’ll have trouble later. Sometimes areas that hold water can be hidden by a site contractor during construction. Knowing specific site attributes like where the soil profile changes will enable you to build a sound site from the beginning.
As the site becomes balanced to the grade specified, and as pads for your new buildings are being pinned by surveyors, you’ll want to make sure all necessary conduits are in place for mechanical and electrical controls, gate and access wiring, security profile, exterior lighting, signage, timers, and irrigation. It’s much harder and more expensive to go under asphalt and concrete as an afterthought. Centralizing the controls of your site as much as possible in your office area is a good idea.
From rough-grade, keep the end picture in view. If you remove a lot of topsoil from the most visible yard areas of your site, you might have trouble getting grass to grow in a few months. If that’s the case, be sure your contractor understands your vision for curb appeal so he can make adjustments and give you the best look.