A construction project is a complex project as it comes in layers that involve a lot of processes, from that of the actual design and construction to that of dealing with uncertainties, legalities, and people.
To simplify the phases from all the complexity, here are the following phases that will be undergone in a construction project:
Feasibility and Design
This phase covers the design stage in which aesthetics, safety, building codes, and regulations go hand in hand. The feasibility of the design is also studied on this stage to ensure that the design is plausible and that future issues and problems may be avoided early on in the design stage of the construction project, making future phases easier to navigate. In this phase, all possible diversification in the vision and idea are welcome to challenge the current design to promote innovation and have it easier on the next stages.
This phase begins when the design is finalized and when the contractor has been chosen by the client through the means of bidding, or some other way. Here, the teams and members are assigned to their specific responsibilities. It could be that the construction project manager is assigned in this phase or beforehand even before the designing. Then, the site investigation is done to ensure that the steps that are to be followed will be sufficient and efficient for the project and everyone.
The procurement phase is the phase where the materials and equipment needed to complete the project are acquired or purchased. So here, from purchasing supplies to acquiring subcontractors, these are the main tasks of the team. Subcontractors may be acquired through bidding or depending on the discrepancy of the main contractor and client. And in cases where the demands are not met, some design changes may have to be considered; to avoid such, this must be considered in the design and feasibility phase thoroughly as well.
The construction phase begins with that of identifying the basics from the schedule needed to be followed to the number of subcontractors needed and obviously the finalization of payments and such for the coming progress, after which the actual construction begins. In this phase, minor issues may be encountered, but mostly they are handled quite easily if the design and feasibility phase was thoroughly gone through.
In this phase, the owner, client, or what is supposed to be in the building moves into the project, and the warranty period begins. Also, the contractors and subcontractors will have to respond if issues are encountered with regard to the construction as per the contract that they had.
Occupancy at the same time will work as a form of advertisement and portfolio for the construction project manager, and here he/she must be of good terms with the client as into closing the deal so that bidding will almost hardly come as an option in the next coming projects.
What do you think are the needed things for the construction project manager to get ready for during the occupation phase?