When construction projects don’t go according to plan the contractor is often blamed for the problems. However, completing a construction project successfully is usually a team effort between the client, designers, the client’s appointed project manager (if there is one), the main contractor and their subcontractors. Failure by one of the parties can lead to the project not achieving its outcomes.
Last week I published an article; ‘how can clients ensure their projects meet their expectations?’ In this week's article I would like to focus on the role of the designers. Here I include architects, engineers of various disciplines, landscape architects, interior designers, etc. In some cases the architect or engineer may also be appointed as the client’s principle agent which may require them to fulfil an overall project management role, but, I’ll focus on this in my next article.
What can designers do to ensure the successful outcome of their projects?
I’m sure we have all been on construction projects where drawings have arrived late, changes have been made to completed work which then required rework and projects that have been difficult and expensive to construct because the design hasn’t taken cognisance of the local conditions. We have probably also seen grandiose projects which have been inappropriate to the client’s needs and brief. Often this is a result of a poor or weak design team.
So how can designers assist to ensure projects successfully achieve their outcomes?
A well briefed and coordinated design team with the right skills can be invaluable to the success of a construction project. Having a substantially completed design available before construction starts usually allows the client to develop a more accurate budget, get more accurate pricing from contractors and results in fewer delays during construction.
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(Written by Paul Netscher the author of the acclaimed books ‘Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide’ and ‘Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide’. Both books are available in paperback and e-book from Amazon and other retail outlets. This article includes information from a third book which will be published later this year. To see how Paul can help you visit: Construction Management Services)
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