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How to handle construction delays

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Construction Contracts

Construction projects can involve various stakeholders, timelines and resources. Accordingly, meticulous planning is necessary to keep the project on track.

Despite best practices, delays can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. That is why you should have a strategy in place to prevent delays from derailing work.

Identify the cause of the delay

The first step is to conduct a thorough analysis to determine what factors contributed to the setback. This may involve reviewing project documentation, consulting with relevant experts and assessing the state of the construction site. By pinpointing the cause of the delay, you can develop targeted solutions.

Communicate effectively with stakeholders

Communication is key when dealing with delays in a construction project. For example, informing stakeholders of the situation can assuage their worries. You must also provide regular updates on the status of the project, the reasons for the delay and any solutions. Clear and transparent communication builds trust and fosters a conducive environment for problem-solving.

Implement mitigation measures

Once you identify the cause of the delay, take proactive steps to mitigate it. This may involve adjusting the project schedule, reallocating resources or revising construction plans. By taking swift action, you can keep the project moving forward.

Document everything

Throughout the delay resolution process, maintain detailed documentation. This includes meeting minutes, correspondence with stakeholders, change orders and revised schedules. Thorough documentation helps track the progress of the project. However, it also provides a record of how delays were addressed.

You might not be able to avoid all construction delays but remember that these occurrences offer valuable insight. Try to use the delay as an opportunity to learn and improve for future projects.