COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION CORNER
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There are many variables, and construction is not an exact science. In the United States, the typical model for corporate clients has been that of “Design-Bid-Build,” but there is a movement, even by municipalities and government entities, toward a newer method of project delivery that integrates functions of the designer or architect with those of the contractor. The effect is to simplify the process, build better working relationships and assure better control. Proponents note that benefits include a shortening of the building timeline, enhanced communication and coordination between the builder and the client and, perhaps most importantly, greater efficiency and cost savings.
When the Green Building Council was founded a quarter century ago, few people at the time could imagine the effect it would have on building and design standards of the future. Today, a network of more than 70 councils across the globe continues to promote...
There are few things in construction as disruptive to a schedule as multiple change orders. Not only do they cost both money and time, but changes tend to create uncertainty for the various sub-contractors involved, play havoc with the schedule and interrupt a job’s cadence and flow. Ultimately, uncontrolled change orders are bad for everyone involved.
Some types of changes are hard to avoid; there are instances when interpretation of a new code requirement necessitates a change to “the way things have always been done.” However, those required alterations should be extremely rare.
Beginning with the initial idea, every commercial construction project follows a logical progression. The timeline can be relatively short in some cases, or it may stretch over many months or even years. Many large projects face multiple revisions as the real estate broker, architect, engineer, general contractor, and subcontractors and vendors work together to move from planning stages through project launch, actual building phases, and final inspections.
Because there are so many variables, it is not uncommon for a commercial construction project to extend beyond the scheduled completion date and cost more than the initial bid. Counteracting the detrimental effects of cost overruns and time delays requires two...