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Significance Of Time And Money Management In Summer School Construction Projects

Construction projects for schools are tricky since they can’t simply be scheduled in to suit the contractors at any old time of the year. The majority of school construction projects are carried out in the summer when students and teachers get a long break. This gives designers and contractors a time in which the work can be carried out safely, without too much worry over the disruption of the school.

This small window of construction opportunity, whether for upgrades and maintenance or a brand new addition to a site, means there has to be more consideration put into the planning and management of project. Extra significance will be have to be placed on certain parties and certain factors in order to ensure things go as smoothly as possible; any delays could see disruption to the school year and students could be put in danger.

Money & Planning

Two factors need to take precedence in the beginning here: time and money, with many schools putting a five year plan into place to manage this. Data, goals and objectives should all be drawn up by school Surveyors and their clients, geared towards what benefits the work will bring to the site – improved running costs, higher enrolment numbers and improved student satisfaction will also be billed as positives for the project.

There is a great deal to consider, especially where space and services  and other important daily resources could be put in jeopardy if the project is not completed on time. Once a five year plan is drawn up and approved the work can finally begin.


Plenty of clear communication is needed if a project is going to be delivered on time and on budget (or as close as humanly possible). Facility managers will be acting for the project and will need to have clear channels of communications to all parties to ensure every aspect moves along properly; if there are delays, these should also be communicated and adjusted for.

Some parties involved will need to be brought into the fold earlier than others, such as designers, who will be working on the project months before any construction work begins. Contractors will also be bidding for work in the winter before, possibly even as far back as October/November.


Summer can be a busy time for all contractors, giving even more importance to the relationships the school Surveyor develops. There should be two-way discussions with contractors about the goals, the scope of the work and any possible shortfalls which they themselves might foresee in the work. If too much time is taken trying to get contractors on board – and if they aren’t attached to the project as early as possible – it leaves potential for the work to run over.

The safety of staff and students on any school premises is paramount and this is why so much time and money goes into school property construction in the summer. If you’d like help with your summer school property development, you need look no further than Aedifice. We have vast amounts of experience in this field and our professional team are always happy to help.