Successful franchise construction management
By: Construction DesignWorks, LLC
Franchise construction management is a unique type of production administration. A project manager (PM) needs to wholly understand the intricacies of construction, complexities of design, and manage the difficulties of a schedule. The PM also needs to be able to fully appreciate the level of participation from the client (franchisee and franchisor). The participation of the client is incredibly critical in the pre-opening activities.
Four key franchise construction management elements that help in avoiding roadblocks during pre-opening activities
In most cases, a national franchise representative will visit the jobsite just prior to the opening to do an inspection. Not only are they looking for construction deficiencies such as HVAC air balance and levels of drywall finish, but also strict adherence to the design documents and specifications.
Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment (FFE)
For most of the construction process, you normally will not see any of the franchisee's furniture, fixtures and equipment. This is to safeguard the materials against damage and to streamline delivery costs and timing of when they are needed for installation.
All the while construction work is being completed in the store, the franchisee needs to commence training their employees. This is a critical process that doesn't get discussed often enough. The construction work needs to be far enough along to allow the employees to begin learning their job.
Don't jump the gun and schedule a final cleaning. It is best to keep the jobsite tidy and free of debris during the last few days of a project. Using floor and wall protection as well as temporary corner guards of casework, equipment and doors is highly advised.
It is critical to schedule an on-site meeting with all subcontractors, suppliers, construction workers, superintendent, project managers, franchisee and franchisor just prior to the pre-opening work. Establish protocols on who needs to be where and when, so as not to interfere with the work production of another. A detailed day-to-day schedule is necessary for this last push to the end and will improve your chances of success.
About Construction DesignWorks, LLC
Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design and construction expertise to create and develop a winning design-build team that is specialized for each customer. Their complete turnkey building solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, LLC is located at 6657 Woodland Drive in Shawnee, Kansas. If you are looking for commercial building contractors in Kansas City or for more information about franchise construction management, call (913) 745-4727 or visit their website http://constructiondesignworks.net.
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