Across all industries, projects are started with the goal of timely completion. While this concept is common, few industries have the complexities and accountability to a variety of stakeholders that’s present in the construction industry. From subcontractors to GC’s and up to developers, it’s critical to keep things moving. A project’s profitability often depends on it.
Our Orlando construction lawyers have seen many successful projects and they share a common thread, an accurate project schedule. These schedules take into account stakeholder expectations, the availability of resources, and possible constraints, among many other items. They aren’t always complex, but they are comprehensive. The best ones are also crafted to the needs of the particular project.
Many of you are already using project schedules, but like so many things, we can always improve. That’s why we’re listing a few best practices in this two-part series. For more tips, visit part two.
Focus on Subcontractors
One of the biggest issues contractors in the construction industry face is subcontractor default. Part of the issue is not holding subcontractors accountable for the time they are to be working on specific projects. Work with them to ensure they are available when you need them. Also, hold them accountable by creating contracts that bind them to providing their services at the time you need them.
Use Gantt Charts
One of the simplest and most effective methods for scheduling projects is the use of Gantt charts. Gantt charts are bar graphs that visually present a project’s start and end date and the duration of time between two. It allows project managers to see any overlaps in projects and assess how resources are being used.
Account for Delays
Certain delays are going to happen during the course of a construction project. One of the best ways to deal with it is to account for them before a project starts. This can be done by adding time to specific tasks within your project. This is especially important during a time in which inclement weather is common, such as the summer months in Florida.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.