Imagine the world without the Sydney Opera House or the Empire State Building. These structures have become such icons that we have trouble remembering that architects and builders brought them to life from empty space.
Construction planners oversee the process of envisioning a completed building and working backward to determine how to complete it. Construction planning involves identifying all the required steps to build a structure, splitting them into defined activities, ordering these steps logically, and determining the necessary materials, manpower, and equipment.
If you don’t have a strong plan, the likelihood of having a successful construction project decreases dramatically. Planning is critical for complex projects — everything from new houses to giant shopping malls. In this guide, we’ll cover all the important aspects of construction planning, including site and safety planning and Lean planning techniques. We also offer tips from construction planning experts, as well as free, downloadable templates to help you get started with your construction plan.
Construction planning is the first stage of construction management, the discipline of taking a construction project from conception to completion. Construction management includes several other components that succeed planning, however: Scheduling is deciding when to start, execute, and complete each task. Organizing is getting all the moving pieces in position to perform each task. Staffing is assigning people to duties related to the project. Directing is ensuring that you complete tasks as planned, and monitoring is ensuring that you meet the requirements and performance benchmarks set during the planning stage. If you don’t meet these requirements, you’ll devote considerable time to the controlling stage, which involves managing the budget and meeting contract requirements.