By Jeff Eriks, Cambridge Companies
October 1, 2018
Ask yourself these questions. What are the phases? Who should be involved in the project? What type of timeline and budget do you need for a small design and project?
Project planning can be tricky. Many factors play into the overall success and completion of a project. It involves permitting agents, internal teams, government agencies, neighbors, and other factors.
All the Phases
Construction projects typically involve various phases in their lifecycle. Those phases include a:
- Project need identification
- Feasibility phase
- Design phase
- Permitting and procurement phase
- Construction phase
- And occupancy phase
Following are outlines of what these phases include.
Step 1: Project Need Identification
Identifying a project need is usually an internal process within a company. Usually, the need gets identified by someone who is involved in the overall management of the company or of a facility. During this phase, a rough scope gets identified, a rough budget gets developed, and a proforma may be developed. If the project is approved, the Feasibility Phase begins.
Step 2: Feasibility Phase
During this phase, the team contacts a company to review the project need, develop designs, budgets, schedules, and identify the permit process and issues. Upon completion of the Feasibility Phase, a business case is developed to back up or modify the one prepared in Step 1.
If all issues are clear and the feasibility report gives efficient data, it is time to begin the Design Phase. Historically, bringing in a design-build firm during the feasibility phase is crucial. For example, the team can help to think through construction means, methods, and develop budgets.