Project scheduling is more than simply assigning dates to project activities. A schedule can mean the success or failure of a project! Coordinating equipment, materials and labor properly reduces or eliminates production bottlenecks, gives team members time to procure materials and expedites overall project completion. A poor schedule means lost or wasted time and money, and can create chaos for owners who need to occupy their new facility.

How Riley Can Help

In cooperation with the design team, Riley will prepare a “design phase schedule” at the inception of our involvement in the project (typically at the same time that the initial budget estimate is prepared). The schedule identifies all significant activities for each team member involved in the design, and shows the relationship and interdependencies of each activity. Consistent with design time requirements, the schedule will be structured to provide the earliest practical start date for construction and to identify the individual bid packages required for bidding and construction. The schedule includes detail on such activities as:

  • Agency approvals (Local approval process)
  • Schematic design phase
  • Selection of major building systems
  • Design development phase.Owner review and approval periods for design documents
  • Cost estimate preparation, review and approval
  • Establishment of Control Budget
  • Financing timetable (if applicable)
  • Issue dates for bid documents and bid periods
  • Bid review and award period
  • Lead times for shop drawing preparation and material procurement
  • Construction schedule during remaining design phase.

Riley has utilized this design phase scheduling technique on major construction management and negotiated general construction projects. It is an invaluable tool for the control of the project from the early phases to the completion of the design phase, and for the integration of early construction phases with ongoing design activities.