Construction Delays


Top 10 Construction Delays

You had a vision and your design team helped put it on paper, now you are ready to begin the construction phase.  It sounds simple, but we hate to be the bearer of bad news, there are often road blocks that prevent or delay construction projects from beginning.  Some delays are small hurdles, where as others, can take months to overcome.  If you’re considering construction of a new building or renovation of an existing one, there are several factors to take into consideration that can delay your project.

1. Securing Financing

Start talking to banks early on in your planning phase.  This can speed up the process of obtaining bank approval and securing your loan.  Click here for financing options.

2. Drawings

A project can’t begin without drawings sealed by a licensed professional.  Having incomplete drawings can delay the approval process and prevent you from getting a quote from your construction team.

3. Permits

Sometimes only a building permit is required, however, most times multiple permits are required.  Additional permits can include, zoning, right-of-way, soil erosion, water, sewer and DEQ.  Each permit requires an application to be submitted along with the required documentation.  The approval process begins once all the requirements have been submitted. This can take 2-8 weeks depending on your jurisdiction and the number of projects being reviewed.  Click here for detailed permit process.

4. Public Utilities

Whether your project is new construction or a renovation, sometimes it involves relocating utilities or hooking up to existing utilities.  Connecting to public utilities has to be coordinated with your public utility carrier and delays can occur depending on their availability. Also, public utilities may not be available in your location.  To speed up this process and to know what to expect, contact your public utility companies early on in the project planning phase.

5. Design/Layout Changes

You’re human and you might change your mind.  Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what you want until constructions begins.  If you decide to make changes to the layout after all permits have been approved, this can possibly delay your construction project. The architect will need to update the drawings and submit them to your construction team.  Once your construction management team receives and reviews the drawings, they might need to provide revised pricing. You may have to notify the permitting authority for additional approval.

6. Environmental Issues

If your site is a Brownfield site, you will need to complete a Baseline Environmental Analysis (BEA) and file the document with the state.  This will relieve you of potential liability for site contamination.  Once the BEA is filed, you will need to submit a Due of Care Plan.  This plan states how you will properly dispose of the contaminated soil.  If needed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) might be available to assist with the cost of the clean-up.

7. Weather Conditions

Mother Nature can often interfere with construction.  Unfortunately, we have no control over rain, snow, tornadoes, earthquakes and frigid tempatures.

8. Site Conditions

There are many site conditions that can delay your project.  Weather and frozen ground can affect the soil conditions, the type of soil on your site can also cause a delay.  Other factors to consider, site utilities, retention ponds and lane closures.  Depending on the location of your project, noise restrictions can also limit when construction can take place.

9. Frost Laws

These restrict the weight limits on trucks.  The frost laws can restrict heavy trucks and material from being delivered to your construction site. Frost Laws are in effect in the spring when the ground is thawing and freezing.

10. Material Availability

Some materials can take 8-12 weeks or more to be delivered, depending on the material selection for your project. Plan for extra time, if you have selected specialty items.

Don’t be surprised if your construction project doesn’t begin as quickly as you hoped. If you choose your design/build team early in your planning stage, the quicker you may overcome these hurdles. An experienced team will be able to identify a few of these road blocks and eliminate them or plan accordingly.

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