These are services that we deliver to our clients before actual construction begins to help plan, analyze and establish your needs for construction. Pre-construction services are aimed at educating clients on what will be needed to make their project functional and financially viable. By using pre-construction services, clients find confidence in the process and greater comfort in undertaking their next big project.
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What does Pre-construction include?
Defining the Project Scope
We are describing what goes on here in an over-simplified way, because design takes multiple steps, but it is enough to know this is where we go from dreams and goals in your head to building plans on paper. By the time the designs are done, all of the drawings and schematics are complete.
Properly done, design is not a “stage” of the process like what some companies did many years ago. Instead there is back and forth between the pieces. You may start with scope and an initial budget, then concept designs are created before talking about materials and refined budgets, returning to design for more details to be documented.
Site evaluation can include determining if zoning and local laws will allow for your facility, discussions of the feasibility of changing zoning for your desired building, soil testing, environmental evaluations, and anything where your piece of property can affect your intended build.
You will often look at a site master plan with the site evaluation as part of the site evaluation. A master plan looks at your property in regard to your current project, but also the feasibility of expansions you may potentially have in the future. It would be an unwise move to build somewhere that will not allow for an expansion that is likely necessary a decade down the road.
Also, in the master plan you will have items like intended parking, landscaping, expected traffic flows, and anything else that is related to the property.
Review of Design Documents
Let’s face-it, getting all the right government approvals can be time consuming and a big headache. Identifying all of the approvals you will need, when application for approval needs to be made, and who needs to provide the approval is part of our pre-construction process. We will then be ready to request approval at exactly the right time from the right people to keep the project moving along without surprises.
Timetables, Milestones, and Materials and Labor Management
We setup timetables, figure out major milestones, and coordinate materials and labor arriving at exactly the right time. There are still parts of the project that may be good weather dependent, but we can plan in the potential for bad weather delays, so you have an accurate expected completion date.
We are sure you agree that you would like to know no one was hurt during the construction of your facility. Planning ahead to anticipate potential dangers goes a long way to keeping people safe.
Pre-Construction with WDS Construction
At WDS, we like to think that our ability to plan at the beginning of the project is one of our strengths and a key to why we consistently deliver on-time and on-budget. The earlier you involve us in your project, the more satisfied you will be with the process of your project and with the end product.
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