construction project management checklist

A Construction Project Management Checklist for Project Owners: Design Stage

The process of managing a construction project can be complicated if you are a building or property owner and have not managed one before. It helps to have a project roadmap, so you know where you are going as you work through the process of designing and constructing your project.

We’ve compiled a construction project management checklist for owners that will lead you through the steps you need to take during a project. This is not an exhaustive list, as each project and team are different.

This project management checklist assumes that you have an idea for the project and have the funding in place. If funding is needed, that is a separate process that should happen prior to the steps on this checklist, if possible.

Design Stage

  1. The first step is to select your design team. Most projects will need several engineers, a quantity surveyor and an interior designer. It is also a good idea to select your construction manager early in the process, so they can work with the design team throughout the design. 
  1. Work with the quantity surveyor and design team to determine the project scope, initial budget, and schedule. The team will help flush your project idea out, let you know if it will work, and give you an idea of how much it will cost, so you can assess if you want to move forward or need to make changes to meet your budget.
  2. Perform a site evaluation. Depending on the type of project you are undertaking, you may need to hire engineers to study the existing conditions at the site. These reports may include property surveys, soils reports, environmental studies, or asbestos and lead paint surveys. The quantity surveyor and engineers will use these reports to inform the design and the construction process.
  3. Review the design and budget at various milestones throughout the project. Your team will give you a chance to review what they have completed as they go along. As the design progresses, they will present you with drawings and specifications. If you have a quantity surveyor on the team, you can also request budget estimates as you go. These estimates allow you to make changes to the scope of work or the design before everything is set in stone. A contractor can also help put together a preliminary schedule for the project, which will include a project activities list.
  1. Submit final plans for planning permission. Drawings can be submitted by the design team or the owner. There are planning fees that will need to be paid, so make sure you know who is taking care of these. 

At Chancery Group, we believe in working hard to make progress in the most cost-effective manner rather than working hard to fix expensive, preventable mistakes. Our team specialises in Chartered Quantity Surveying, Cost Consulting Services, Construction Project Management Services, Project Management Surveying and Chartered Engineering Services.

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