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Crucial Things to Remember During Project Planning

Without a plan in place, it’s going to be difficult for any commercial construction project to be completed on time and under budget.

That’s why, at Leon Williams Contractors, we take project planning and management very seriously on our commercial projects around East Tennessee. Proper planning allows us to gauge exactly how long each project will take, how much it will cost, and how well we can meet our clients’ expectations.

Project planning starts with a scope of work. This document outlines everything from project objectives, to individual tasks and specific materials, and lists expectations for each crew member and subcontractor working on the project. Having a scope of work allows us to hold everyone accountable for their role in a commercial construction project, and to make sure we stick to the plan and have something in writing in case any disputes should arise.

On each job, we have a project manager, who is responsible for overseeing the work site and making sure everyone stays on task. This manager must communicate with everyone involved in the project, make sure everyone has the materials and other resources they need to get their part of the project done, and ensure everything stays on target with budget and schedule.

The Project Management Institute outlines nine specific areas that need to be included in project planning:

  1. Integration – coordination of all project elements
  2. Scope – ensuring all required work is done
  3. Time – creating an effective schedule
  4. Cost – identifying resources and controlling the budget
  5. Quality – making sure functional requirements are met
  6. Human Resources – picking the right crew members for the job
  7. Communication – making sure everyone is on the same page during the course of the project
  8. Risk – identifying and managing potential problems
  9. Procurement – getting any necessary resources from external sources

Effective project planning and management takes some thought and resourcefulness, but it pays off in the long run when a project is completed efficiently, cost-effectively, and with a minimum of issues.

If you are a commercial developer planning a project, contact Leon Williams Contractors today to find out how we can help you.

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