Having a foolproof logistics plan will make a commercial construction job site more efficient, cost-effective, and productive. One of the most frustrating events that can happen on a construction project is waiting. When crews are waiting for tools, materials, or other crews to finish, it slows the project down and can cost a lot in lost man hours.

This is why it’s so important to carefully coordinate and schedule all aspects of the project. Knowing when crews are coming in and out will help control the jobsite traffic and keep things on track. To manage all the logistics, we use three steps:

Make a Plan

To maintain efficiency, a comprehensive logistics plan is vital. Tools, materials, and crew members should all be broken down into distinct phases. Once each phase is defined, a schedule and workflow can be developed.

One of the hardest parts of making this plan is trying to wrangle all the suppliers and subcontractors. Trying to nail down an exact delivery or completion date can be tricky, but it’s a very important part of the process.

Punctual Deliveries 

Speaking of coordinating with deliveries, this is the second step of planning. The best way to keep deliveries on schedule is to know which suppliers are dependable and which ones aren’t. Cowen Construction has been around for more than 100 years, so we have a short list of dependable suppliers we know we can trust for prompt deliveries.

Consolidation

Keeping deliveries on time is only half the battle. The other half is trying to find a place to keep all the materials once they arrive. Having a jobsite cluttered with various materials and containers can slow things down and even create safety hazards. Consolidating supplies offsite or with well-planned organization storage onsite is key to productivity.

Construction delays are costly, and it’s our job as the contractor to keep them at a minimum.  Logistics are something we take very seriously at Cowen because we’ve seen the benefits of well-scheduled projects.