Construction Site Evaluation

Why You Should conduct Construction Site Evaluations

Your construction site is pretty much what your construction is going to stand on. If you get the site right, then you’re bound to be in for a few problems right through and after construction is complete. So, it really is very important to perform a correct commercial construction site evaluation before starting construction on any project. This evaluation should cover all aspects of the project from electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation, to lighting, landscaping, parking, public utilities, etc. The site evaluation should also take into account any regulations that need to be followed around the construction site.

Things that need to be included in a construction site evaluation

There are many things that need to be included in a construction site evaluation. In order for the site to be deemed safe for all forms of occupation, there has to be a thorough survey completed. The survey will determine how all utility lines run, where they lead to, how safe they are, if they’re easily accessible and if they’re in a good enough condition to handle construction activities. All underground utility lines need to be surveyed. Access to underground storage tanks also needs to be determined. The location of any water pipes, drainage pipes or other utility lines should also be determined.

If the commercial construction site evaluation report indicates any erosion control practices are needed, this will also need to be taken into consideration. Erosion occurs most easily in areas with little or no vegetation. If this is the case, then steps must be taken to minimize runoff into nearby water resources. Having erosion control practices in place before construction begins would be very advisable.

Stormwater management

Along with erosion control practices, another area that is considered during a construction site evaluation is stormwater management. Stormwater management is essential when it comes to wet and rainy climates because of increased water consumption and extended periods of heavy rainfall. It is also needed for ecological reasons. Prevention and reduction of stormwater runoff can reduce the amount of sediment used in septic tanks. Having an advanced erosion control practices policy in place prior to construction can benefit your business significantly.

An advanced erosion control practices policy can also benefit your customers by reducing the number of stormwater runs to a minimum. This will save money for your business because the utility companies are able to pass on the savings to you. Many areas have stormwater management programs that require contractors to perform specific tasks such as site extraction, grading and bagging based on the runoff parameters set by the local government. In addition, some areas require that construction and repair businesses install stormwater management systems as part of the construction process.

Depending on the nature of your business, a site evaluation may also involve a review of vegetation cover on the proposed site. The evaluation can be done in a variety of ways, including a walk-through survey, land surveys, plant assessment and canopy studies. It also involves identifying vulnerable vegetation cover and determining if any vegetation should be removed, damaged or relocated. Your site evaluation will identify the existing conditions, future conditions and determine if any necessary changes are needed to the current setup.

Site evaluations are often performed prior to the drawing of plans (SIA). However, if a plan is drawn after the completion of the project, a site survey will still be required. Site evaluations do not have a specific time frame; however, most evaluations take approximately three months from the time of preparation until the completion. If an evaluation has to be conducted before the construction begins, it usually takes around nine months.

Short and long-term costs and benefits

The benefits of site evaluations are numerous, both for the contractor and the client. An effective site evaluation report provides information that can help your clients make wise decisions regarding construction projects. It can show projected short and long-term costs and benefits. It also shows what the project would look like in its complete state. If a construction project goes ahead without an evaluation, the results may be biased since the contractor may not have a good understanding of the potential problems. This could mean overspending on unnecessary materials and expenses, which would ultimately be detrimental to the project.