In the last post, we discussed some of the preparation steps necessary to properly prepare for a church construction project. However, these projects require intense planning, and overlooking even the smallest detail can have disastrous results. Here’s part two of our guide that will explore some more essential tips for ensuring a successful church construction project.
Determine Cost Estimate
Once you’ve determined your budget, it’s time to consider how you’re going to allocate its different parts for various areas of construction design and spending. If you budget inaccurately for any division of the project, you may end up sacrificing extra expenses. Furthermore, it’s important to consider the three major categories when it comes to your church construction project’s expenses: soft costs, i.e., services, permits, and fees; hard costs, i.e., construction materials and labor; and FFE costs, i.e., furnitures, fixtures, and equipment.
Separating the expenses into these three distinct categories can help you make a more accurate estimate. Experts typically advise estimating soft and FFE expenses first, then using the remaining budget on hard costs.
Create and Implement Your Construction Plan
Finally, once you’ve laid the groundwork, it’s time to develop and implement your final building plan. Keep in mind that finished portable buildings are much less labor intensive and time consuming to install. This is because Permanent Modular Construction “PMC” buildings are 60% to 90% completed in a factory-controlled environment. Then, they are transported and assembled at the final building site. This means they don’t require a plan as in-depth as traditional church construction projects. In fact, modular construction decreases design and construction time by up to 50%, with fewer change orders, earlier occupancy, and improved cash flow.
Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that electrical, plumbing and duct work are often not factored into the initial pricing, so your final cost may be 20% more than the builder’s quote. In any case, finalizing your building plan prior to the start of construction and installation ensures easier project management.
In a recent survey, nearly 40% of contractors surveyed said that prefab and modular construction is a growing part of their companies as well as part of their future strategic construction initiatives. These tips can help you properly plan your project from start to finish. For more information about finished portable buildings, contact Alternative Building Solutions (ABS).