What is Preconstruction?

Planning is essential for every construction project, regardless of size. That is where the preconstruction phase of planning comes into play. This preliminary stage of a construction project lays out the entire scope and schedule of a building project for the client and construction team.

Gateway Building Company can provide comprehensive and cutting-edge preconstruction planning services, whether you are getting ready for construction or are pitching your project for funding and approval in North Carolina.

Let’s explore the world of preconstruction and dig deeper into each aspect of the process. 

Preconstruction Explained

Preconstruction involves providing a detailed plan for a construction project considering the building site, the customer’s needs and preferences, and the finances allocated for the project. Our team of experts will work tirelessly to provide you with a clear idea of how your construction project will take place whenever you decide to break ground. 

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Outlining The Preconstruction Process

Procuring Materials and Equipment

After coming up with an architectural plan, our preconstruction experts will start procuring the materials and equipment needed for your construction project. This means focusing on items that need early ordering and how to get them. In the current supply chain landscape, having the necessary structural materials is essential before the project starts. Furthermore, we will procure the hardware, tools, and other equipment needed for every project stage. 

Project Cost Estimation

Once the materials are sourced, the next step is to develop a project cost estimation based on the cost of materials, equipment leasing charge, and labor costs. We will also factor in cost estimations for similar projects. 

Reviewing and Auditing the Design Document

The preconstruction stage relies heavily on thorough design documents. In addition to following the existing design, our trained preconstruction team will review and audit the design document to ensure you have developed a practical, structurally sound, and aesthetically pleasing building design. 

Project Scheduling

What is the estimated timeline of your construction project? A comprehensive preconstruction plan can help determine this by breaking the entire plan into various stages. Our team of experts will estimate how long it will take to complete each task and provide a rough estimate of how long the construction project will take. 

Safety Management and Planning

Safety planning is essential when getting ready for a large building project, and our preconstruction team will ensure that nothing is ignored. There will be harnesses for lift projects and traction mats for outdoor paths. Each stairwell will have a fortified handrail. The preconstruction process provides safety planning for each step of the process and the safety of the building once complete.  

Value Management and Engineering

Finally, our team of preconstruction experts will look for any opportunities for improvement through better design and how to save on costs by making more practical decisions. Value engineering is all about ensuring your building provides you with the best value for your money. This can be done by repurposing materials, negotiating a better price with suppliers, or improving the design’s functionality at no additional cost. 

Why Hire a Quality Company For Your Preconstruction Needs

When it comes to commercial construction projects, it pays to have a quality company for your preconstruction needs. Below are some reasons why you should hire a quality company like Gateway Building Company to help with the preconstruction process:


Our team of experts understands every aspect of the construction process. Their expertise can help in project scheduling, planning, and budgeting. 

Peace of Mind

Unless you’re a construction expert, you probably only know some of the intricacies of running a large construction project. A preconstruction expert manages all aspects of the project so you can focus on other things. 

Risk Management

Our preconstruction experts will conduct a thorough risk assessment to identify potential issues early on and save you time and money down the line. 

Relationships With Subcontractors and Suppliers

Established construction companies often have good relationships with subcontractors and suppliers. These relationships can lead to time and money savings. 

Commercial Construction in North Carolina

With Gateway Building Company, you can streamline the preconstruction process, reduce the chance of mistakes, and ultimately build faster and better. Our Durham-based company provides preconstruction planning throughout the Triangle and surrounding areas of North Carolina. Contact us today to learn more about our preconstruction services.

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