What even is pre-construction, and why do you need it? Let’s break it down.
What? Pre-construction is a necessary process of the mapping and evaluation of the site for your planned construction project. From remodels to new building, pre-con is essential to the development of the job scope, from inception to completion, in preparation for the work to be done. It should be a collaboration between the pre-construction team and the business owners, property managers, real estate brokers, and/or other developers involved.
Why? Every commercial construction project requires planning before the actual construction begins to create the best climate for the job so it’s completed on time and within budget. You have big ideas for the design of your new space, so keep in mind that good design relies on exhaustive information about the physical capabilities and limitations of a space, and any oversights are sure to turn up again after construction has begun as hidden costs. A thorough pre-con process allows for the effective allocation of funds ahead of time so you can tackle your project with confidence. Without meticulous pre-con, a project’s scheduling and budgeting is likely to go haywire.
Who? Your pre-construction team will generally consist of some configuration of the architects, engineers, interior designers and draftsmen, as well as general contractors you’ve selected for your project. The design visionaries should be introduced to your dream for your space with as many building elements known as possible, and that’s something that your skilled general contractor can help you outline before any of your designers start drafting.
When? Before hammers start swinging and pencils start scratching plans, even before you sign that lease, your pre-construction team can help you to incorporate any property evaluations, cost reviews for design decisions big and small, value engineering, scheduling, permitting, and/or land acquisition. This crucial due diligence period can shed light on details in your lease/deal you may not otherwise think twice about.
How? Make sure you’ve engaged a general contractor on your Pre-Con team whose services are aimed at meeting your needs for the project and producing a functionally and financially viable product. A walk-through of your envisioned project alongside a professional commercial site evaluation will help to determine and center on your specific objectives and develop a viable schedule and budget.
Pre-construction services are necessary no matter the scope of your project. The APS Team maintains current information (so you don’t have to) on labor, material, and market trends as well as historical data and uses this information to calculate the most probable scenarios and construction methods for any project. Our experienced staff can also produce architectural plans for the customer to review. This service, especially on smaller scale projects, has the potential to save clients the extra expense of an off-site architectural firm. This proactive and personal approach is what sets APS apart from other construction industry service providers in Southern California. Find further resources for the pre-construction phase of your upcoming design-build project below, and Contact Us if we can be of service!
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