No Stubbed Toes: Four Tips to Prepare for your Once-in-a-Lifetime Building Project

For many decision makers, your organization’s design and construction project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So how can you make sure you get it right the first—and maybe only—time? We have some ideas.

1. Understand your money and where it is coming from, and the resources you’ll need. Also, understand the commitments that will be required from your IT team, and that while infrastructure upgrades might not be visible, they're essential.

- Annette Basham

2. Take the long view but understand short-term impacts. Plan for your future, not just how you work now. And if you don’t understand the lingo your design and construction team is speaking, don’t hesitate to ask.

- Deb Kunce, FAIA

3. Let your project speak to who you are as an organization. It will be decades before this opportunity will come along again, so make sure you’re supporting your goals for today while also considering the next generation of leadership.

- Jason Larrison, AIA

4. Early in the process, identify all of the key stakeholders and engage them. For publicly funded projects, this means public meetings and possibly even individual meetings with key stakeholders. In addition, go through due diligence before making any major announcements. Find out as much as you can about your project site ahead of time by conducting Phase 1 environmental site assessments, topographic surveys, and utility locations.

- Karen Valiquett, PE

One more tip to starting off on the right foot—call on an experienced team to guide you through the process. As an impartial, third-party expert, the CORE team knows what it takes to keep complex construction projects in scope, on schedule, and within budget. We help organizations of all sizes lead, oversee, and drive their facility and redevelopment projects. Let us know how we can help you!

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