See where common construction missteps occur

How many discrete decisions are attached to even a moderately scaled commercial or industrial construction project: 100, 200, 500 or more? Taking into account simply the infrastructure for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, HVAC systems and controls, the number can quickly approach—and eclipse—the most generous estimate.

On the cost side alone, the “opportunity” to displace thoughtful budgeting with untethered expenses is extraordinary. Decisions both big and small result in unfavorable results. A recent study from KPMG showed only 31% of projects came within 10% of the budget.

Among the reasons cited by the Construction Productivity blog are six that would appear as nearly inescapable given the complexities of modern construction:

INACCURATE ESTIMATES attached to unclear or unresolved scopes of work; here, expectations collide with reality, frequently with negative results.

PROJECT DESIGN ERRORS are the ones responsible for nearly 40% of all disputes between collaborators, contractors and suppliers on a job.

INADEQUATE CHANGE ORDER PLANNING starts with contracts, and flows forward into real-time alterations in materials, methods and labor deployment (as well as code and environmental impact).

ADMINISTRATION ERRORS range from ill-informed team members to poor fact checking and communication of specifications, invoices and change orders.

POOR ON-SITE MANAGEMENT represents a multitude of “worst-case scenarios” in which supervision is lacking, assumed or fragmented across the trades and over time.

UNQUALIFIED PROJECT TEAMS can represent quiet, inconspicuously dangers to personnel, equipment and finances, particularly when subcontractors are vetted quickly or casually.

As in many human endeavors of grand scale, getting ahead of common reasons for problems is the best way to shortcut costly excuses. Kinetics has seen the impact of wise, consistent decision-making in these six categories and well beyond. As a recognized top-tier performer in vital construction categories, questions supersede assumptions from start to finish:

  • Multi-use buildings
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Central utility plants
  • Power generation facilities
  • Aerospace
  • Multi-family housing

Turnkey facility design and construction are the start, recognizing that specialty expertise in disciplines such as advanced cleanrooms, bio-containment technology, and process fluid and gas distribution warrant even greater consideration of Kinetics. An ability to thrive in tough environments also applies to work in less rigorous scenarios where there are fewer threats to human and environmental safety.

As the old phrase goes, “decisions, decisions.” With Kinetics, the hundreds (or, realistically, thousands) of decisions involved get addressed systematically—all for outcomes that satisfy specifications and exceed expectations. CLICK HERE to learn more.