Introduction

Pre-Construction is the first of three general phases of development that bring a project to life. The three general phases are Pre-Construction, Construction and Post-Construction.

More specifically Pre-Construction includes the development phases of Concept/Initiation, Feasibility, Design and Procurement. It includes all the work that needs to be completed prior to construction of the project. 

Why Pre-Construction?

Pre-construction provides owners with a formal approach for developing cost, scope, and schedule to execute the construction on time and in control.

Pre-Construction is necessary before actual construction begins to help analyze, plan, design and establish needs for the construction of the project. Pre-Construction’s purpose is to ensure that the project is clearly defined in every detail, and that it is executable in all aspects of construction from all parties involved. It is aimed at making sure that everyone on the team has what is needed to make the project successful – functional and financially viable.

Elements of The Pre-Construction Checklist

Elements of the Pre-Construction checklist should include things such as feasibility of the proposed concept, engineering assessments, initial design and development, scope of roles and responsibilities, budget outlines and assumptions, a schedule for construction with important milestones and assumptions, post-construction sales/leasing activities.  

In addition, the Pre-Construction checklist should include a procurement and execution plan, engineering, team criteria and selection, risk analysis, utility requirements, permitting, constructability reviews, cash flow analysis, logistics planning, equipment lists, site plan and site evaluations, analysis of various building systems, estimating and suggestions for value engineering, cost savings and schedule expediting.

Who is involved Fulfilling on the Pre-Construction Checklist?

Typically, Pre-Construction involves people or companies in the following roles: owners, investors, developer’s, owner’s representatives, architects, engineers of various types, designers, government officials, politicians, researchers, analysts, bankers, lawyers, surveyors, land planners, general contractors, landscape architects, the various sub-contractors, and suppliers at certain times in the process, and consultants such as sales, marketing, real estate brokers.

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