How to Avoid Schedule Delays
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An article recently published in ConstructionDive entitled Dotted Line: How to Avoid Schedule Delays Through Careful Planning, Effective Contracts provides useful tips on how to keep your project on track. This is particularly important in today’s competitive market where a shortage of workers and escalating material costs challenge contractors and subcontractors.  

The article suggests that management should identify the biggest risks to the schedule, develop tactics for timely completion, and access all available options if operations start to lag. These include:  
  • Plan each stage of construction in the preconstruction phase.
  • Have monthly meetings with the project manager in charge of scheduling, architect, owner, and project team to analyze the schedule.
  • Use integrated project delivery systems and lean construction methods to stay on track.
  • Hold meetings with subcontractors, suppliers and important decision makers to “reverse engineer” the schedule from selected milestones back to the current date to coordinate work between the trades and avoid waste.
  • Identify long-lead time items so that late material delivery doesn’t hold up the project.
  • Order material in advance but schedule delivery for a later date. This will save you money when the cost of materials is rising and ensure that you have what you need.
  • Take a proactive approach with subcontractors who are running behind schedule to determine the cause.
  • Avoid threats, legal action, and unreasonable demands that may be counterproductive.
  • Include penalty clauses in all contracts, as well as a method for resolving conflicts.  
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Martin C. McCarthy, CPA
Managing Partner
McCarthy & Company, PC