Minimizing Construction Risk

 In order to minimize construction risk and exposure in any building, it is essential that the following guidelines are adhered to:

1. Project goals need to be identified and decided upon as early in the project as possible

2. All building systems need to be coordinated concurrently, starting with the planning phase and continuing into the programming and implementation phases.

3. The design objectives of the building have to be clearly outlined, understood,  rigorously evaluated and correctly applied.

4. The interrelationships of these design objectives must be understood and applied.


Successful project delivery requires the implementation of management systems that will control changes in the key factors of scope, costs, schedule and quality to maximize the investment.

1. Scope:  All project elements are defined by the scope of the project which sets the boundaries for the project. The scope of the project sets out the work tasks and their requirements for completion.

2. Costs: Project cost-effectiveness is evaluated throughout the project. evaluated. Cost control involves the comparing of actual costs with the budget goal. compare actual costs incurred against targeted budget numbers. Cost estimating and value engineering  are used to ensure that the project is within time constraints and is cost effective.

3. Schedule: A project schedule outlines the work tasks and timeline for delivering the project. Key project components are monitored for targeted completion.  Schedule management interfaces directly with scope, cost, and quality management.

4. Quality Control: This is the process that marries the delineated expectations about quality levels with budget and scope. It begins at the inception of a project when planning and design reviews take place and continues throughout the life cycle of the project, with programmed inspections and evaluations. The entire team on a project has to be a coordinated part of this process for it to be successful.

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Reduce or Prevent Construction Defects: Comply with Core Design Objectives


  • accessibility:

    the height and clearance of building elements required to ensure  ADA compliance

  • cost effectiveness:

    decisions based on life-cycle costs of building elements (value-engineering), cost estimating and budget control

  • aesthetics:

    integrated design process and appropriate use of building elements and space as they affect appearance

  • functionality and Operational:

    meeting functional needs and achieving performance objectives in terms of efficiency and durability.

  • sustainability:

    attention paid to the environmental friendliness and carbon footprint of the building

  • historic preservation:

    adherence to guidelines to ensure the preservation of the  historical integrity of a building

  • security and safety:

    physical protection of the occupants and their assets from both man-made and natural hazards

  • productive:

    the comfort and psychological and physical wellbeing of occupants, eg. appropriate ventilation and lighting