Commercial construction projects, although profitable, present a lot of challenges to contractors. Besides the extensive scope of works, they also have to deal with a large labour force, budget constraints, and various construction hazards. As such, contractors must have a plan before they commence any construction works. Below is a guide detailing the various aspects of commercial project management.
Create Teams and Delegate Roles
Organisation is a critical aspect of any commercial project. As such, it would be wise to organise your team to prevent duplication of roles and blame games once the project commences. Ideally, you should have several teams, each handling a specific responsibility. For instance, you could have design, engineering, construction, and quality control teams. Each of these teams should have leaders who take charge of the team's operations. At regular intervals, the team leaders should meet to evaluate their achievements and challenges.
Gather the Required Licences and Permits
There are strict government regulations that govern the commercial construction industry. As such, you should ensure that you meet all these requirements before commencing the project. For instance, you will need to get the blueprints approved. Additionally, you will require a certifier's certificate once you begin construction. You may need additional licences if you intend to create a subdivision or build a swimming pool.
Set a Project Timetable
The project timetable details the activities to be conducted from the start to completion of the project, when and who will perform these tasks. This timetable acts as a project constitution since you will use it to assign and review tasks. Additionally, the timetable will let you know about your progress. As a rule of thumb, you should not be overambitious when creating the timetable. Instead, set realistic and achievable timelines.
Set a Budget
Your project must have a budget. There are two ways to make a budget. First, you could ask an experienced and independent engineer or quantity surveyor to create project estimates. These estimates will help you budget for the project. Alternatively, you could invite bids from prequalified contractors.
Create a Site Safety Plan
Create a safety plan to prevent accidents at the site. For example, you should initiate a traffic control plan to avoid vehicle and plant accidents at your site. Moreover, you should use safety signs to warn people of hazards at the site. All your personnel should have personal protective clothing. The contractor must have general liability coverage to protect you from compensation claims in case of an accident.
Commercial project management tips include creating teams, acquiring government permits, setting a timetable, creating a budget and site safety plan.