The Critical Role Of Pre Construction Planning

When you think about construction, what probably comes to mind is an active work site – complete with heavy equipment and huge piles of dirt. The truth is that a lot of the construction process happens behind the scenes before the digging even starts. Construction planning is a critical part of any project, and the end result depends heavily on doing this well. At Dunlap, we call this stage “pre construction,” and it consists of six steps, each one as important as the next.

Start Off On The Right Foot

Every good project outcome starts off with good planning. That’s why we take the time up front to complete our pre construction services. These six items take your project from idea to breaking ground and are designed to keep it on track and on budget. 

  1. Pre-Construction Consulting – Both parties come to the table to discuss a project and see if we connect. We talk loosely about budget and timeframe to get the ball rolling.
  2. Pre-Construction Estimating – Our 3-step estimating process ensures we get you the most accurate estimate possible. From our initial planning estimate, we’ll refine it with more specific cost information into a budget estimate. If everything looks good, we’ll have you sign a firm estimate that acts as a contract.
  3. Pre-Construction Scheduling – We will move forward with a plan including an initial construction schedule with milestones. 
  4. Value Engineering – Using the budget as the guide, we will help determine cost-saving measures that will help you get more bang for your buck.
  5. Constructability Review – We ensure all the details on the plan reflect the vision of the project and make sure everyone is on the same page. We review all design documents and check for accuracy and clarity.
  6. Procurement Management – We’ll identify products or materials with long lead times and get them on order. This also includes vetting and bidding with our subcontractors.

We Are Construction Planning Pros

Dunlap has pre construction planning down to a science. After all, we’ve spent over 40 years honing our process. To learn more about the process or discuss a potential project, schedule a consultation with us. 


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