A Four-Step Guide to Managing Construction

Planning a new commercial or industrial build and need advice on managing your project? Whether you’re building a new retail space or a spacious steel warehouse, you’ll need to follow a few key steps to ensure the project runs smoothly. Follow our tips for managing construction below.

1. What’s the Vision?

The key to any successful construction project is a clear vision. What are your goals for the building? What is its purpose, and whom are you targeting? Setting clear goals will allow you to plan your project accordingly and communicate your vision to the team that will bring it to life. There is much to consider in the planning stage, from the building’s location to its unique design elements.

Different building projects will require specific considerations. For example, if you’re building a warehouse, you’ll need to consider the following:

  • How much storage space do you need?
  • What does the building require to operate efficiently? (E.g. layout, height, space, offices, etc.)
  • What is the projected growth?
  • Is the location close to transport hubs?
  • A retail building, on the other hand, will require slightly different considerations, such as:
  • Is your desired location accessible to potential customers?
  • What is the competition like in your desired location, and how will your building stand out?
  • What customisations do you need to reflect your brand?

2. Create a Detailed Schedule & Project Timeline

Once you’ve answered the above questions and set your goals, the next step is to create a detailed plan for when, where, and how the project will proceed. It’s wise to establish a deadline that you can work towards to ensure you meet your goals.

Will the building be prefabricated off-site? Will you hire multiple contractors to complete the building’s design, manufacture, and construction, or will you choose a one-stop approach to construction? These decisions can affect the timeline of your project.

In Coresteel’s experience, a one-stop approach is always the way to go, especially if your project has a tight timeframe. We are a builder, manufacturer, engineer, and designer in one package. That means you can save time dealing with multiple contractors and suppliers with conflicting timeframes. 

3. Budget Wisely

Various factors will affect your project’s overall costs, from the building size to the required materials. Creating a realistic budget for these costs will be crucial to your success.

When planning your budget, consider how you can keep costs down. Sustainable materials, efficient structural systems, and prefabricated building methods are all effective ways to reduce costs. 

Coresteel uses an exclusive structural system, DonoBeam, to help businesses minimise their building costs. Simon Archer, Coresteel’s Commercial Manager, explains how this works.

“Because DonoBeam is a tapered box beam, we have less steel in our structures. And that equates to fewer transport costs, less weight, and less erection costs.”

4. Communicate Clearly with Your Team

Once you have a clear vision, plan, and budget, it’s time to meet with a commercial construction company to communicate your ideas. Finding an experienced team that understands your needs and can tailor a solution to match them is crucial. Be clear in your handover about your goals and expectations; you must all be on the same page before the project begins.

Manage Construction Efficiently with Coresteel

Ready to begin managing your construction project? Contact your local Coresteel expert today to discuss your requirements. We’ll take the time to understand your vision and create a building solution that meets your needs, budget, and project timeline.

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