If you’ve ever watched a sprint event at a track meet, you know that a runner’s first step out of the blocks usually dictates who wins. Similarly, to achieve the fastest facility construction performance, your first step is the most critical.
Take, for example, a competitive market such as data center operations, where each day a facility is not open equals millions of dollars in lost revenue. The same can hold true for a manufacturer trying to get products in market or a chain retailer attempting to establish a new footprint.
Findings of a 2013 study determined that an hour of downtime costs data centers an average of $474,0001.
A careful determination of whether to build using conventional construction or a design-build with systems construction approach is an important initial decision to make. Also, when your facility procurement process engages the building materials supplier from the beginning in the project discussion, you have the best opportunity to affect the schedule.