Careful early planning shapes every aspect of a project’s development.
Planning for commercial development projects can be complex and time consuming. For optimal results, early and thorough planning should be a fundamental focus. The planning phase is the process of defining the owner’s program and determining how it is to be accomplished. Before even purchasing a potential property, we recommend owners perform a feasibility study to identify city and state municipal codes, zoning, design regulations and restrictions and community and city agency conditions that affect the parcel and what you will be permitted to build on it. Retaining a land use development consultant is advisable for large projects that require entitlement or land use approvals.
As you and your construction manager vet your professional team, ensure the architectural firm is aware of the parcel’s planning regulations and is willing and able to create a reasonable building program that incorporates the opportunities and code restrictions of the parcel. Your selected team of engineers, consultants and contractors should be consulted for their input on how to streamline the project and explore overlapping tasks wherever possible to expedite the start of construction. The construction manager will coordinate all disciplines in producing a comprehensive project plan, shaping it as it evolves with an eye for scope, cost and schedule implications. Projects benefit enormously from an experienced construction manager’s influence and management of the developing plan to ensure the owner’s vision is feasible, well-articulated, and fits budget and schedule constraints.