Design, Planning + Pre-Construction
In broad terms, design is the process of outlining and defining the details of the project, usually represented by detailed plans and specifications. Construction planning is a process of identifying activities and resources required to make the design a physical reality. Generally speaking, the design phase, commonly known as the pre-construction phase, can be broken down into five sub-categories:
- Strategic Planning & Development
- Design Phase
- Permitting & Entitlements
Whether it’s the construction of a new Mixed-Use facility, an expansion of an existing senior living facility, or a capital expenditure of an outdated Memory Care facility, you need a team of professionals that you can trust with the pre-construction phase to set you up for success. The key to any successful construction project is to have a strong design, clearly outlined plan, realistic budget, and accurate and thought though schedule.
The first step in beginning any project is finding a qualified project manager. Global Construction’s team of experts carefully evaluates the full scope and feasibility of your project including any associated documents, time and labor involved, and an appropriate design contingency plan to produce an accurate estimated timeline and budget. Our seasoned professionals understand the importance of producing an accurate timeline and budget. The final budget and timeline will serve as the primary guideline throughout the rest of the project, from start to finish.
Once the timeline and budget have been approved, the next step in the pre-construction process will be to bring in additional stakeholders and essential personnel, primarily the engineering team and architects. Most project managers will out-source for their architects and engineers, however, Global Construction understands the importance of keeping everything in-house for smoother processes and seamless execution. Global Construction extensively vets our engineers and architects, working with only the most qualified and experienced professionals. With the Project Manager, they will assess safety regulations and requirements as well as the sustainability and design requirements in order to produce a final design for the project. Our systems are systems and processes are thoroughly tested and proven to be both effective and efficient. Having a design team that is able to collaborate and communicate effectively is necessary in order to streamline the design process, keeping your project on schedule.
Permitting can be one of the most stressful parts of the pre-construction process. Oftentimes you are working with overlapping authorities and depending on the size of your project, gathering the necessary permits can take months or even years. Global Construction takes the stress out of the permitting process. With over 30 years of experience and more than 1400 completed property improvements, we have the know-how and experience to seamlessly navigate the permitting process.
Some projects also require entitlements in addition to permits. Entitlements are legal rights conveyed by approvals from government entities to develop a property for a specific use. This may affect the building type and placement depending on the municipal zoning requirements or city planning.
Whether your project requires permits, entitlements, or both, Global Construction has the expertise and resources to effectively and efficiently navigate the permitting phase, keeping your project on-time and avoiding costly delays.
Selecting a General Contractor
Once the design, budget, and timeline have been finalized by the project manager, engineers, and architects, and the necessary permits and entitlements are acquired, the project manager will hire a General Contractor. This is one of the riskiest parts of the process as a general contractor can make or break a project, so be sure to hire a trusted professional.