Creating a project schedule is critical for any contractor to be efficient. It is truly the heart of any construction project. If the sequence is incorrect, problems will quickly arise.
As you start creating a project schedule, it is important to include a detailed list of activities that will take place on site at specific dates and times. At a minimum, this should include when subcontractors are supposed to start and complete their work, material and equipment deliveries, installation of utilities, inspections, site meetings, and the estimated project completion. It is the most basic form of organizational communication.
A well-designed schedule combined with great on-site experience management is what subcontractors look for when working with a general contractor. Though schedules will differ by project, there are many similar elements. Listed below are a few items to consider as you create the schedule for your next project.