Common Commercial Construction Delays & How to Avoid Them

Commercial construction projects tend to move at a fast pace out of necessity. Any delays in construction can be disastrous and oftentimes there’s very little leeway for delays or schedule changes. That’s why it’s crucial to know what causes construction delays and how to avoid them. Here are some of the most common things that derail construction.

Unrealistic Timelines & Schedules

Keeping a construction project on schedule to meet the completion deadline is not an easy task. One of the most important considerations in hitting the defined deadline is ensuring the original schedule is well thought out and realistic. The schedule needs to consider every detail and scope of work, timelines from every subcontractor, and lead times for every order. A master schedule should be used to guide the project and updated frequently.

Planning for Long Lead Times

As with any type of construction project, commercial construction often calls for materials and supplies that simply have a long lead time. Furthermore, a lot of products have a fixed lead time, i.e., there is no option for expedited shipping no matter how much you’re willing to pay. HVAC units are a perfect example; often manufacturers don’t keep a lot of units in stock. Also, any specialty or custom items are likely to have an extended lead time. 

Adverse Weather

One potential concern for delay that is often overlooked is the weather. Quite a bit of work can be done despite a little rain, but mother nature has a strong will. Severe weather such as lightening, tornadoes, hail, etc. may inhibit progress, especially on exteriors.

Permitting, Inspections & Reviews

It’s imperative to plan sufficiently for permitting and inspection timelines. Local governments and municipalities may differ from one to the next and often there is no fast-tracking permits or reviews. It’s important to ensure that the project plan accounts for potential delays in permitting and inspections so that the overall project isn’t thrown completely off course by a change that is in large part uncontrollable. 

Avoiding Unexpected Delays

Ultimately avoiding delays in your project boils down to planning and scheduling. Work with your project manager to ensure the schedule is realistic and stays on track throughout the course of the project. Make sure to account for long lead times in the initial schedule. Place orders early and think about specialty items. Lastly, be sure to evaluate and adjust as frequently as needed.

With careful planning from the beginning, experience contractors like Green Heart Enterprises can get your next project completed on time and within budget. Contact us today to tell us more about your project.