5 Manufacturing Construction Tips
KBD Group has been successfully designing and building projects for clients since 1964 and has earned a reputation of quality and respect throughout the construction industry. Over the last decade, KBD Group has successfully designed and built over 140 manufacturing facilities in the United States, helping to bring jobs and capital investments to communities. Through the wisdom gained in these experiences, KBD Group would like to share the following Five Manufacturing Construction Tips, which are designed to help you plan and execute a more successful project.
1. Location will affect the construction process of each project
Understanding local techniques, county and city ordinances, and a variety of methods for completing tasks within projects is essential in order to avoid unexpected complications and delays. The strategies for completing manufacturing projects can vary greatly from county to county and even within different regions of the same state. Obtaining local expertise, input, and guidance will ensure procedures are followed properly and the project will move successfully toward completion. Remember to never assume that the process and regulations are the same for each project.
2. Establish a realistic budget
Determining a proper and appropriate manufacturing budget is key to a successful project. Two critical questions should be considered when developing the budget: First, did the budget become established based upon a previous project? Second, did the budget become established through a corporate planning process or available capital? With this information, the team can determine a practical basis for the budget for the new project through comparison, analysis, and evaluation of the unique and specific elements required for cost analysis.
One way to create realistic expectations for the projected budget is to reach out to experts in each area of the project. Collaborating with knowledgeable professionals in each section will eliminate false assumptions of variable costs. Additionally, consulting a specialist, such as a project manager who can provide a basic scope of the overall financial needs, will help the finance team better understand and determine more accurately what monies are required to complete the entire project. Keep in mind that hastily made estimates and budget assumptions framed without enough specific detail, or estimates determined too early in the planning process, are not likely to be accurate. Having realistic expectations will not only lead to success but will also create a more comfortable experience for the company and investors.
Finally, remember that the budget will likely need to be updated and possibly modified several times during the early stages of design and development for the project as additional research is gathered.
3. Involve your team early
Without user or production department input and support, the project could simply be ineffective or could be installed incorrectly. Encouraging early involvement from the user group will prevent later needs for re-work or modifications, which can be costly. Many clients do not get user input until their project is near completion. This can be detrimental to a successful and timely completion of the project. Researching and interviewing actual users to learn what they require in their daily tasks to be more efficient and productive should be a priority during the design and development phase of the planning. Incorporating this information into the plans will ensure that the project meets the needs of the users and will ultimately foster prosperity for the company.
4. Avoid late changes
Projects that are planned well by spending the appropriate resources in the early stages will be successful. This will help builders and designers avoid costly and disruptive late changes to the project by providing full understanding of the development process. This will ultimately help meet the user and department needs. As mentioned previously, researching user need and careful planning of the budget will help to eliminate late changes in the project scope.
5. Don't delay equipment purchases
Since industrial buildings are designed for and around the manufacturing equipment and the specific process, not understanding the full function of these key characteristics prior to the start of design development will lead to reworking and design corrections later. This can cause changes in the scope and delay the completion of the project.
Another key to avoiding late changes to the project is to realize that not finalizing the purchasing details of proposed manufacturing equipment in a timely fashion during planning will be a setback to the design process. This delay may then create the need for the designers and engineers to rework plans and modify the existing design; this interruption may also cause the need for additional work which can be costly and disruptive to the schedule as well as to the comfort level of the client and investors. Completing a project on budget and on schedule is possible when all planning is done properly.
The KBD Group Experience
At KBD Group, we know from experience that Builders and Designers following these Five Manufacturing Construction Tips will achieve greater success with any project. KBD Group provides integrated design-build services as well as stand-alone expertise in design and engineering, pre-construction and construction, general contracting, and process equipment installation. We have developed these recommendations from thoughtful reflection of our own successes and achievements. We are happy to share our expertise to help you make your project a success!
Author: Jim Goodwin, Senior Vice President/ Regional Manager
at Kajima Building & Design Group, Inc