Building projects can be fun, exciting, rewarding and challenging. Getting off to the right start can make all the difference.
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- Establish a decision-making team of community leaders, stakeholders and users to set priorities, take actions, and find funding and donors.
- List the primary goals and functions for the project. What is it that you want to accomplish?
- Create a pro forma/business plan for the project and establish the models for fundraising. How will the building be purchased and paid for? Will you recruit local volunteers or a consultant?
- Establish a preliminary building program scope to size the building.
- Establish a preliminary budget that includes line items for site costs, construction costs, equipment costs, design contingency, construction contingency. A design professional can establish this with you.
- Set up site selection criteria and use them to find a site or sites from available properties.
- Agree on an appropriate level of marketing materials for fundraising efforts. A picture is worth a thousand words. Work with a design professional to develop written descriptions and digital assets for marketing materials such as preliminary diagram plans and building rendering.
- With a design professional, maintain a balance between scope and budget.
- Choose a method to realize your building project. There are a number of project delivery methods including Design/Bid/Build, Design/Build, Negotiated Contract, Turnkey, and Public/Private Partnership (P3).
- With financing in place or in progress, develop the design drawings and specifications to a level appropriate for the project delivery method.