Condo Media - June 2011 - (Page 42)

CONSTRUCTION by Michael Norman The Fast Track Getting Construction Done in a Timely Manner he construction industry is a fertile field for colorful jargon. New words and terms spring up regularly, usually for promotional purposes or to gain an economic advantage. A popular term used over the past several years is “Fast Track” construction. It rolls easily off the tongue and conjures up images of expedition, economy and efficiency. Fast Track is not a contractual arrangement, but rather an approach used to allow for the earliest possible project completion time. In order to keep construction projects on the fast track, the owner/manager, architect/engineer and contractor must be completely acquainted with the process, be willing to engage in a give and take of compromise and assume reasonable and flexible attitudes. Most importantly, they must all be committed to maintaining efficiency without sacrificing quality or safety. Planning ahead is critical, which starts during the estimating process and continues through project completion. Under the Fast Track approach, overall costs can often be reduced due to faster occupancy and a cost-effective design from the architect/engineer. T Streamlining the Project Streamlining the project to produce early completion by the technique of concurrent or overlapping time scheduling is the essence of Fast Track construction. One way of shortening the time frame is by completing each function as efficiently as possible and initiating each new phase immediately upon completion of the preceding phase. Everything is accomplished in proper order and no time is wasted. Compressing the schedule by overlapping certain functions is another way of saving total elapsed time. This can be accomplished by initiating a new work phase where possible before the preceding phase is completed. Selecting the Contractor In Fast Track construction, there are basically two approaches to contractor selection. One approach is for the owner/manager and architect/engineer to interview one or more qualified contractors during the conceptual and design phase of the project. This allows candidate contractors to present its strategy for Fast Tracking the job, considering such factors as phasing and sequencing, material and equipment choices and labor. The contractors’ advisory input can be valuable to the owner/ manager and architect/engineering team in developing their design concept, and can influence contractor selection. In the “Fast Track” project at the Longview Housing Cooperative in Cambridge, two-point suspended swing scaffolding was moved from one side of the building to the other, allowing work sequencing to optimize the production schedule. 42 CONDO MEDIA • JUNE 2011

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Condo Media - June 2011
From the CED’s Desk
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Condo Media - June 2011