A Guide To The Commercial Construction Process
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Apart from various other things, Dubai is famous for the investment opportunities it has for both locals and ex-pats. Numerous residential developments and commercial buildings are launched every year by top world-renowned developers.
The construction of commercial buildings, in particular, can prove to be a very strenuous one. Project managers can feel very burdened as they have numerous responsibilities riding on their shoulders. The entire process for them can become overwhelming. And there is a chance of the project going haywire if they aren’t able to handle it efficiently.
From planning to coordinating to supervising – the entire construction process involves numerous responsibilities. Project managers must make sure that the project doesn’t go out of the budget and is completed on time. It is also their liability to check that the resources are optimally utilised while ensuring minimum wastage. An added responsibility they have to take is managing and securing required permits and licences.
What are the steps involved in commercial construction?
Construction management for a commercial building involves a number of different steps including the following:
Step 1: Planning and Development Phase
In the first step of construction management, project managers should find a likely location for construction purposes. It goes without saying that the location is one of the most crucial elements in a commercial building. One should consider how accessible it will be for customers and clients alike after the construction process is completed.
Project managers should also ensure that the commercial building is supported by its surrounding infrastructure. Also, the area has water and gas supplies. They should also check for budgetary requirements and whether construction in the selected area would be feasible or not.
Step 2: Pre-Design and Design Phase
Essentially, the pre-design phase involves the project manager and their team deciding the nature of the project and its overall design. The team should also hire an architect and a construction consultant for the project. This phase also calls for deciding all required equipment, labour and raw material for the entire project.
The design phase involves the creation of full drawings, all specifications in detail and specific timelines for every phase on the construction process. All engineers in the project team should pick up their part of the construction process and assume responsibilities accordingly.
Step 3: The Pre-Construction, Construction and Post-Construction Phases
The final step involves three phases. Prior to beginning the construction process, the project managers should make sure that they get all permits and licenses in the pre-construction phase. They should also make sure they have all required insurances in place.
In the construction phase, the project manager should ensure that all requirements of site preparation are complete and the building’s foundation and framing get done. The roofing, HVAC, exterior and interior should also be completed accordingly.
In the post-construction phase, the project manager and their team should check the entire process from beginning to end. They should create a check-list that studies all project requirements and specifications. After a complete analysis, one should develop a completion certificate, which verifies that the project has been completed and handed over to the owner or the company.
In a nutshell, handling the construction process comes with a lot of challenges. And when a company decides to set up a commercial building for themselves, instead of doing the construction in-house, they should opt for a professional construction management company like Baycrest. A lot of companies responsible for the development of off-plan projects in UAE opt for the same approach of outsourcing the construction work.
By outsourcing the responsibility of the construction, the company can focus on its core business along with its product or services. At the same time, it can design a workflow that will be set and followed upon the shifting of the company into the new building.