Institutions such as schools and hospitals and even commercial entities often face the need to expand. That often translates to the construction of new structures.
To complete such project within the set deadline and budget, adequate planning becomes a necessity. Sometimes, the client has to obtain the required documents and source for funding within a limited timeline.
An important aspect of planning is budget forecasting. The clients must have an estimate of the construction costs to look for a source for financial assistance where possible. The client may work with a design and build company that will assist in making accurate estimates of the costs.
Permits and Licenses
Before breaking ground, it is important to have all the necessary licenses and permits. Some of the permits are usually issued by environmental regulatory bodies tasked with the role of ensuring that erected structures do not pose any threats to the environment.
You may also need to get licenses from the local government authorising the construction of the planned building. Starting construction without the necessary permits could result in the closure of the construction site, which often comes with expensive lawsuits.
Selecting the Site
Different soil types offer different challenges to construction activities. Some soils are suitable for construction, while others are not.
Involve a soil technologist who will evaluate the condition of the soil and give a comprehensive report that will guide the construction company in deciding the nature of the foundation.
Currently, construction companies have absorbed soil technologists into their teams. That means that the company you hire will make the soil assessment on their own.
Once the client has made the decision to erect a building, they must then begin the process immediately. That is in relation to the application of relevant licenses as some permits may take up to a few months for approval.