When it comes to a large commercial construction project, a small delay on one phase of the project can bleed over into other phases and cause major problems. There’s a never-ending list of ways a project can get delayed, but three reasons seem to happen again and again, and there’s an easy way to avoid these delays. 

Permit Approval 

Problem- If there’s one thing you can’t speed up no matter how hard you try, it’s the government. All too often construction timelines don’t leave enough time for permits to get reviewed and approved by the local authorities. When this happens, everything grinds to a halt.

Solution- Since there’s no surefire way to expedite the approval process, timelines simply need to budget enough time for permit approval. Doing so will ensure crews and machinery don’t end up sitting around waiting for a city manager’s signature.

Communication Breakdowns

Problem- Commercial construction projects almost always have at least 4 major players that need to communicate well with each other. There’s the client, the architect, the subcontractors, us (the contractor), and sometimes there’s even an engineer. With all these different parties, opportunities for a communication breakdown abound. If a change order from the client doesn’t get passed down the line properly, the project can go south in a hurry.

Solution- A good contractor will understand the importance of playing facilitator. A clear chain of command and communication process must be established so everyone knows what to do and who to talk to when things change.

Long-Lead Materials

Problem- Much like permits, there are certain materials and construction items that have a very slow turnaround time, and there’s not a darn thing anyone can do to get it faster. As a rule of thumb, the bigger or more custom an item is, the longer it takes to get. 

Solution- The secret to dealing with long-lead materials is to identify them as soon as possible in order to place the order as soon as possible. This kind of knowledge only comes with experience, and at Cowen Construction we have more than 100 years of experience to help us avoid these kinds of delays.