Time to Occupancy

One of the many challenges we encounter at the onset of projects is socializing the pace and predominantly linear sequence of the project schedule.

Clients are frequently frustrated by the disconnect between the rapid pace of business evolution vs the ability to design, build and occupy workspace, or as we term it; “time to occupancy”. There are opportunities to explore compression and acceleration options but risk and compromise abound. Unfortunately here in the New England region any recent advances in the pace of design and construction efforts have been offset by market conditions that are overtaxing municipal permitting, inspection services and Fire Department reviews. The most impacted projects are the relatively small, under 15k rsf, projects as they require similar time lines to much larger projects and are equally impacted by existing space conditions, infrastructure, and unique client requirements.

The key to successful scheduling is all in the details and attention to:

  • Early socialization of major timeframes and resulting target dates
  • Individual task breakdown including interdependencies
  • Incorporation of adequate “float” to support client decision making, and…
  • Ongoing review and management to ensure success

We strive to provide our clients with an experience based, current market representation of project component time frames to accurately set expectations and align with the overarching project goals and objectives.

 

–  C. Mosholder