Construction projects in public spaces such as schools and hospitals are on the rise across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, education construction is estimated to have exceeded $98.9 billion in 2018; and in that same year, 12 hospitals and health systems announced or unveiled facility expansions and renovations with price tags of 1 billion dollars.
While this is great news for students, patients and others who occupy these types of public buildings in the long run, it can create difficulties in the short term for facility managers overseeing the projects, as well as those living through them. Facility managers are juggling a lot of priorities: keeping the public safe, while making sure work progresses on schedule and workers are qualified, certified and trained.
Adding to this complexity, construction sites can be inherently complex environments, with heavy machinery and equipment, hundreds of workers on site at a time, and many activities occurring simultaneously. Given these challenges, it’s important to consider how well the contractor managing your building project can address them.