Managing multiple projects is challenging. Here are 3 tips I have learned along the way to stay somewhat on top.
Communication is not only an essential tool in our daily life, it is also an indispensable tool in project management. We communicate to share information, to share ideas, and to influence others. Successful projects stem from effective communication. Now and then, we observe communication breakdowns. When we send a message to another person, we can … Continue reading How to Communicate in Project Management
Getting a construction project from substantial performance to completion and turnover is not easy. This process involves actions performed by individuals from all facets of the construction chain, with General Contractor leading the pack. Project close-out is a tedious process involving a lot of paperwork. Project close-outs have become a real challenge for many contractors; … Continue reading Process: How to go from Substantial Completion to Close-Out
Substantial Completion or Substantial Performance of work is one of the most important milestones to be reached during construction. When a project is substantially completed, the project is completed enough for intended usage except for a few minor deficiencies. This comes to roughly 97% completion of the work outlined in the construction contract. In accordance … Continue reading What is Substantial Completion? (Ontario)
Permit closure can be broken down to a linear process: Project reach substantial completion (98% completion, as certified) Provide necessary paperwork to corresponding inspector Call in for an inspection Complete the final inspection with no outstanding deficiencies The challenge lies in the fact that every project is different; inspection results are evaluated on a project-to-project … Continue reading How to Close Building Permits: Part III
Permit Status If you are wondering about the permit status on your property or project, check with the local municipality. In recent years, City of Toronto has offered an online database for their projects. You can search the Building Permit Status by specifying an Application/Permit number or entering an address. In the example above, I … Continue reading How to Close Building Permits: Part II
It was Monday night. I was getting ready for bed when my phone ran. “Hello, Helen speaking.” It was a call from a site supervisor (let’s call him Eric) who had worked all weekend on an elevator renovation project I am responsible for. Eric is calling me for directions to move forward. As per the … Continue reading The Passion Project: Why Construction Project Management?
Exchanging our emotions and vulnerabilities are the best way to dissolve social barriers at work. If it’s working out for me, I bet it will work out for you too. - the core message in our newest video. Watch it HERE! (https://youtu.be/RYaRbTmQkQo) My career switch to construction was not easy. I did not get along … Continue reading The Passion Project: Personal Growth in Construction
What is a permit? Why do we need permits and why are open permits a concern? I have been heavily involved in closing off permits in the past. Here is my attempt at answering these questions. If you are well versed in this topic, feel free to jump over to Part II and Part III. First … Continue reading How to Close Building Permits: Part I
A week ago, I ran a site meeting combining two separate meetings together on a multi-tenanted floor. I was appealed to the idea of killing two birds with one stone. The corporate world really seems to slow down in July and August. Most of the key decision makers are either on vacation or catching up … Continue reading What I learned about construction site meetings
It was a quarter past midnight when I sat in front of my laptop, nervously typing up my answers. I was one of the two to be featured on my school’s website for a promotional campaign. At the time, Ryerson University had been promoting their engineering programs and I happened to be picked to represent … Continue reading My path to leadership