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Title: RS34-2 - Preview of Constructability Implementation
Publication Date: 2/1/1993
Product Type: Research Summary
Status: Archived Supporting Product
Pages: 26
This publication has been archived, but is available for download for informational purposes only.

Reviews the roadmap and milestones used in SP34-1, Constructability Implementation Guide; includes a review of case studies on constructability implementation.
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As demonstrated in the case studies summarized in this publication, when methodically implemented, front-end constructability efforts are an investment that results in a substantial return. Documentation of constructability efforts showed that owners accrued an average reduction in total project cost and schedule of 4.3 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively. These savings represented a 10 to 1 return on the owner’s investment in the constructability effort.

It appears from the Task Force research that industry-wide constructability implementation is progressing slowly and lacks structure. For example, based on an assessment of 62 companies with a constructability program, two were found to have a comprehensive formal program. A need exists for the development of tools to facilitate constructability implementation.

The Constructability Implementation Guide meets this need by offering a complete set of 19 tools that address both corporate- and project-level constructability programs. For example, Tool 1, the Constructability Roadmap, presents a comprehensive-integrated approach to constructability. Tools containing assessment forms are provided to identify and eliminate barriers in constructability. A procedure for the periodic assessment of program effectiveness is also provided. This tool is helpful in maintaining a commitment to the program and ensures continuous improvement, thereby providing a bridge with corporate TQM efforts.

The 14 constructability concepts published in the Concepts File are summarized in a tool. Three additional concepts have been appended to this file. Other tools include the concept application matrices that link concepts to project phases and activities. Individual matrices have been developed for commercial building and industrial projects.

The Guide offers comprehensive guidance and specific insights into how project constructability can be implemented. It is targeted to owners, designers, and construction personnel, with particular emphasis on the owner. Senior executives and entry-level project personnel, and project managers in particular, can benefit from the tools provided in the Guide.