Time is Money: Key Variables that Influence the Speed of Industrial Constructions
When it comes to industrial constructions encompassing complexes, warehouses, and large-scale agricultural buildings, we've found that the burning question is, "How long do builds take?" The answer to this varies, with our project timelines typically falling within the range of 6 to 12 months, depending on the project's scope. A standard timeframe for Akura builds is six months, while larger projects may extend up to a year. In this article, we delve into the variables that influence the speed of industrial constructions, exploring the key factors that determine whether a project aligns with the anticipated timeline.
Akura's Hutcheon & Pearce (H&P) Project in Griffith NSW
To illustrate the complexity and diversity of industrial builds, let's consider the Hutcheon & Pearce project in Griffith, NSW. This undertaking involves an extensive scope, including 280 tonnes of structural steel, 135 large concrete precast panels, a 9,000m2 warehouse and office space, and 21,000m2 of concrete on the ground. With 18,000 man-hours already invested on-site, at time of publish, half way through an 11-month program, the H&P project serves as a robust example of the multifaceted challenges posed by large-scale industrial constructions.
Variables Affecting Project Length
One of the primary variables influencing construction timelines is the weather. Unpredictable conditions, such as rain, can significantly impact the build schedule. The build-up of the ground after rainfall can extend the time required to work on certain aspects of the project.
Extended Delays: Persistent rain not only hampers on-site activities directly but also contributes to prolonged drying times, affecting subsequent construction phases.
Mitigation Strategies: Our skilled team of project managers often incorporate weather contingency plans, enabling them to adjust schedules promptly and make efficient use of fair weather windows. At Akura we utilise programs such as MS project for our project management control over the timelines of the project. Based on our team's experience and utilising this program we are able to build a very clear picture and understand the critical path of the project mitigating the risk of the overall program falling behind.
2. Site Conditions
Site conditions play a crucial role, especially in the aftermath of adverse weather. The time required to address and work on the build-up of the ground after rain can be a substantial factor in project delays.
Ground Preparation: Dealing with muddy or uneven terrain requires additional time for proper ground preparation before construction can proceed.
Advanced Technologies: Utilising advanced machinery for site preparation can expedite the process, ensuring a smoother construction flow even in challenging conditions.
3. DA and CC Approvals
Delays in Development Application (DA) and Construction Certificate (CC) approvals can impede progress. Obtaining the necessary permits is a critical step, and any delays in the approval process can contribute to an extended project timeline.
Administrative Hurdles: The complex nature of the approval process can lead to unforeseen delays, impacting the commencement of construction activities.
Streamlining Approvals: Proactive engagement with local authorities and meticulous documentation can streamline the approval process, minimising potential delays.
4. Subcontractors and Internal Teams
Effective project management, as exemplified by Akura, involves seamless coordination between subcontractors and internal teams. Akura's in-house capabilities expedite lead times, and our ability to manage design and construction in-house stands out, providing a significant advantage in terms of time efficiency.
Our robust project management processes ensure that timelines are adhered to without compromising quality. With a focus on clear communication, detailed planning, and proactive problem-solving, we provide a seamless construction process. Clients can trust Akura to deliver projects on time, enabling them to start operations promptly and capitalise on market opportunities.
Integrated Project Management: Implementing integrated project management systems fosters clear communication, ensuring all teams work cohesively toward shared goals.
5. In-House Capabilities
The ability to handle design and construction in-house accelerates lead times. At Akura, we have complete control of the process.
Akura's Precast Concrete Panel Factory and Structural Steel Factory in Kelso enable immediate on-site manufacturing, eliminating the need to wait for external suppliers.
While we are focussing on the time of builds, it is important to note that Akura ensures the quality of precast concrete construction, offering secure and efficient business spaces for various industries.
Previous Projects and Their Timelines
27-29 Bradwardine Rd
An illustrative example of efficient project management is the industrial unit complex at 27-29 Bradwardine Road. This project, comprised of architecturally designed warehouse and factory suites, not only met but exceeded its original scheduled program, finishing a month ahead of time.
Factors Contributing to Quicker Build Time:
- Effective coordination among subcontractors and internal teams played a pivotal role.
- Akura's commitment to challenging the status quo and consistently seeking process improvements contributed to the project's timely completion. Being driven to improve is a Core Value for Akura and we embody this in all projects we undertake.
53 Hampden Park Rd
Another noteworthy project is 53 Hampden Park Rd, involving 10 industrial units, 160 precast panels, and 35 tonnes of structural steel. This project was completed in an impressive 6 months, showcasing Akura's commitment to market leadership in execution speed and innovation.
Adapting to Challenges:
- The Akura team, faced with challenging site conditions, introduced better materials to circumvent drying delays.
- Proactive adjustments to timelines and programs were made to enhance efficiency, showcasing Akura's ability to challenge the status quo and execute projects smarter.
If you're looking for some steps to keep your build on-time and within budget, read on here:
6 Ways To Avoid Delays On Your Construction Project.
In the world of industrial constructions, time is money. Understanding the key variables that influence project timelines is crucial for all stakeholders involved. From weather conditions to internal capabilities and innovative approaches to challenges, the ability to navigate these variables defines success in the timely completion of industrial builds. Akura's dedication to efficiency, innovation, and quality serves as a testament to the company's position as a market leader in executing industrial constructions with speed and excellence.