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CDAO report highlights value of extensive project pre-planning

CDAO report highlights value of extensive project pre-planning

TORONTO—The Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) and partners have released a report that offers strong evidence of the importance of comprehensive project pre-planning in producing high-quality design documents.

The report, titled Impacts of Pre-Project Investment and Quality of Documents on Project Delivery Efficiencies, is the product of three years of study, including a comprehensive literature review, in-person interviews and a nationwide online survey of owners, design consultants, general contractors and subcontractors.

The report noted research has shown an error that costs $100 to address during pre-planning could cost $1,000 to address during the design phase and $10,000 during construction.

The study suggests owners and stakeholders should spend more time and effort to ensure they adequately scope the project before going to market. There is a need for commitment on the part of owners to allow the time and budget for design reviews, checks and verifications to be undertaken throughout each phase of the design process.

The survey confirmed design document quality issues are rooted in issues of inadequate time provided, inadequate fees and inadequate information about existing conditions.

“This study clearly shows that investment in pre-planning and design activity bears fruit when it comes to project delivery,” said CDAO chair Sharon Portelli in a statement. “A project owner’s rush to get shovels in the ground must be tempered by better scoping and review. The CDAO looks forward to facilitating further collaboration and dialogue with owners on this issue.”

Watch for a full Daily Commercial News report on the CDAO study coming soon.


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