Budget & Schedule Management
Control of the budget & schedule starts with clear program objectives.
Best practices dictate a total project budget that includes design and construction costs and all anticipated or potential costs for the project be developed as early as possible. This will provide the road map for what is to be built and how, when and to whom funds will be allocated over the life of the project. Budgeting is highly dependent on both duration and the resources assigned to the project. Once the initial budget is established, it becomes an essential tool for managing the project to meet the owner’s program objectives and budget requirements.
Budget and schedule controls begin with retaining the right project team. The architect should be evaluated not just upon design, but on their ability to produce drawings on time, within budget, and in sufficient detail for the contractor to build efficiently. An excellent strategy is to retain a general contractor or a professional cost estimator to provide early preconstruction services that include budget preparation and critical path schedule. The general contractor’s fees are a large part of the budget and are based entirely on duration – any increase in time also extends the fees for all other project participants. It takes a talented and experienced construction manager to review their results, determine they are accurate and realistic, and look for any opportunities to reduce the owner’s costs by accelerating the schedule.