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How to Create a Successful Timeline for a Multifamily Family Construction Project

Updated: Nov 22, 2023



An accurate timeline helps establish and maintain a successful multifamily construction project. Without question, it is critical component of any multifamily affordable housing build. An up-to-date timeline gives you a clear and concise overview of the project's scope, schedule, and key deliverables. And perhaps most essential, a reliable timeline ensures that the project stays on track and that project objectives are met on time.


The construction manager is tasked with the responsbility of identifying potential issues -- the earlier the better -- that could impact a project's schedule and find ways to mitigate or resolve them. This entails effective two-way communication on a consistent basis between the CM and stakeholders, such as the developer, general contractor, architect, engineers and other key players. This also helps to manage expectations and ensure that everyone is aligned on next steps. A project timeline can also be used to identify areas where additional resources or support may be required.


Understanding the Project Scope to Improve the Schedule


The construction schedule can initially be improved by attending to or adjusting details in the preconstruction phase. This involves reviewing the project requirements and specifications, as well as any relevant contracts or agreements. Such unforeseen issues as weather conditions, labor shortages, or material delays, often need to be adjusted in real time as the project unfolds.


Identifying Key Project Milestones and Deliverables


After nailing down the project's scope, the next step is to identify key milestones and deliverables. This includes looking at all phases of a project and fcusing on things that could potentially derail it, like obtaining necessary permits and approvals, completing site preparation, excavation work, foundation and structural work; installing mechanical and electrical systems; and completing finishing work such as painting and landscaping.


Managing Changes and Updates to the Project Timeline


Project changes can occur due to a variety of factors, including unexpected delays due to project scope, project requirements, and as mentioned, overseen delays. When changes are neccessary, revising the timeline for deliverables and milestones, and reassigning tasks and responsibilities is critical. By effectively managing changes and updates skillfully, you can ensure that the project remains on track and that all key milestones and deliverables are met on time.


Summary: Tips for Successful Project Timeline Management


To ensure a successful project timeline, there are several tips that construction managers should keep in mind. These include:


  • Start with an accurate understanding of the project's scope and requirements

  • Identify key milestones and deliverables and assign tasks and responsibilities to team members

  • Review and update the project timeline regularly, and manage changes and updates effectively

  • Communicate the project status to stakeholders regularly and effectively

  • Stay organized and stay focused on the project's goals and objectives

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