Successful projects need a reality check before finalizing the construction package at about the 50% complete point in the design process. The design team will help establish allowance amounts for unselected items that will satisfy the client’s goals about quality without having to make all selections and designing all detail. The reality check results in a scope of work approvable milestone we all need to agree to before moving on with overlaying detail on the design. If the project is over budget we can agree to a strategy to make changes during the production of final drawings to change the scope to agree with a price.
Tactics to come back to reality
- Agree to a strategy to make changes during the production of final drawings to change the scope to agree with the desired price.
- Agree to how the project can be phased.
- Redesign to eliminate scope.
- Change the reality; maybe the client wants to pay for reality of what the approved design costs.
While none of the tactics to come back to reality are fun they are exceedingly better than having a reality check during construction when delays effect more than just the schedule and design fees.